Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Evening Rain

It had to happen of course. After the glorious, bright autumn weather of the last week or two we are now paying the price. England is grey, gloomy and dismal. It's been as Bill Bryson described it so wittily "like living inside some Tupperware". It's been a day to be indoors with the lights on. So just in case anyone was wondering what Cambridge looks like on a November evening I took my camera out for a trip in the drizzle....

the girl with the pink umbrella

mr grafton's gas lamps

on the corner of the market square

kings' college chapel
(tradesmen's entrance!)

a load of old cobbles

the university bookshop

impressions of senate house passage

passing shadows

the days of the summer have gone, my friend

three through the rain

even the undergrads were indoors studying

Take care.


  1. Hmmm. The weather looks very similar to what we "enjoy" every November here in Ontario, Canada. :)

  2. Yes... could be Seattle too! Love that shot of the market and the boats lined up on the shore...

  3. John, you are a master! I suspect that Britain will give you many more opportunities to venture forth in the rain. You have some great images here!

  4. Well it may be gloomy there, but you have certainly managed to capture light and brightness in each of your photos - great work.

  5. These are brilliant photos John, I love the one of the cobbles and the market square actually looks quite cheerful. I love Cambridge, used to go often when we lived in Saffron Walden. It's real November weather now which is fine with me, I love the changes in the seasons.

  6. What super photos - so atmospheric. I love Cambridge and have seen it in most weathers as we used to visit quite often when we lived in Spalding. I love the next to the last photos as, even in the rain, that street looks so warm and inviting.

  7. John, what you call dismal, I see quaint! Cobblestones, market places...gas lamps!! Romantic at heart, I am, but these photos are wonderful!!!

  8. Stunning photos, john. I especially liked the filtered look of the senate house passage. And your framing and color capture on the bookstore window! Good stuff! Jim

  9. Still beautiful even in the rain.

  10. Lovely photos today, John, despite your gloom. It almost makes me want to visit a city.

  11. Wet night-time shots are so atmospheric. And Cambridge is a joy to photograph at any time.

  12. Lovely post, this is how I remember Cambridge.

  13. John, you took advantage of rain and streetlights to shoot such fabulous shots. These are the scenes I would like to capture and I find difficult mostly. I like the old cobblestones shining in the rain and the subtle reflections on the wet pavement.


  14. Thanks for all your comments.
    Despite what everyone thinks, including those who live here, this part of England doesn't have much rainfall - around 23" a year, which almost allows it to be classified as semi-arid! Lots of drizzle and showers though. The gaslamps are sadly all powered by electricity these days though they still look attractive.

  15. That allleyway with the "passing shadows" is haunting. The shadows look like people in old-style clothing, shades of the past. Nice work.


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