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.