Of all the things I've seen on my many London walks, coming face to face with a stag in a very foggy Bushy Park, has to be the most unexpected and surreal.
What: Boat in the Grosvenor Waterside development.
By: Ian Wright
When: December 5th, 2011.
Where: City of Westminster, SW1 in the Grosvenor Waterside development (Between Pimlico and Chelsea).
Why: I like this photo because it was unexpected. The Grosvenor Waterside development has space for narrow boats to dock, yet I have never actually seen one docked there. My guess is because the mooring fees are too high (The development's moto is 'reflecting Chelsea'), but there may be another reason.
The boat above is in fact the only boat I have ever seen docked anywhere in the development. So for me it just seemed really out of place, hence why I like it.
What: A maple leaf in the muddy banks of the Thames.
By: Ian Wright
When: December 2nd, 2011.
Where: Wandsworth, SW11 on the bank of the Thames near the Battersea Bridge at an especially low tide.
Why: It may seem weird to start a blog about London with a picture that really could have been taken anywhere. Certainly it is not your standard picture of Big Ben (that is to say the Clock Tower), Tower Bridge, St. Paul's, etc. that you might expect to find. However, this picture is one of my favourites. I like it because it is simple, it was fun to take, and perhaps most of all because it reminds a little of home.
I am and always will be Canadian, even though I would like to make London my permanent home. This website is going to reflect that fact, both in the pictures I take and the content I write. Seeing a maple leaf by the Thames seemed a perfect confluence of my life in London. The symbol of my native country next to the river I have spent countless hours walking along.
Most of my future posts will focus more on things you can only see in London, but I thought I should start out with something personal to get the ball rolling.