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19 February 2016 @ 09:42 pm
Kitsnaps: Oxford  

I had a brief visit to Oxford last month and although I didn’t have a decent camera with me, got a handful of pictures that I was very happy with, with my phone. I haven’t “matted” them, but I’ve concluded if I wait to do that I’ll never post another Photo Friday again, because I’ve just got too many other things going on right now. (I need a Beautiful Assistant to do that kind of work for me. Plus a lot of other stuff. If only I was rich. :))

The University Church (apparently properly called St Mary’s, I am belatedly informed by a local), taken from the top of a bus. I love riding in the front upper seats of buses. :)

I believe this is the Tom Tower, as a friend of mine who knows the town identified it as something Tom-ish when I posted it on Twitter, and Google tells me that’s probably what it is. I am *exceedingly* pleased with this picture, which I feel has Artistic Merit despite being a crappy phone photo. :) (ETA: It’s just “Tom Tower,” I’m told; it’s the bell tower at the main entrance to Christ Church, on St Aldate’s. It is, to quote the above-mentioned local, Very Important and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. :))

Just a random attractive street scene. Oxford is really extremely pretty. As it should be, since it’s had a thousand years to practice!

Another pretty street shot.

Radcliffe Square, Oxford. Again, REALLY happy with this phone panorama shot. Someday I’d love to go back to Oxford with a real camera!

(x-posted from CE Murphy)

Alix (Tersa): iPod (tersa)tersa on February 19th, 2016 08:59 pm (UTC)
In the third photo, that bright yellow bicycle with the artistic wheels at the end of the row of 'normal' bikes makes me infinitely happy for some reason. :)
kitmizkit on February 20th, 2016 08:33 am (UTC)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 20th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
I can't believe these were taken with a phone. You really have a great eye. Also. Oxford.
kitmizkit on February 20th, 2016 08:37 am (UTC)
Thank you. I do have a good eye, but it helps enormously that the light was fantastic while I was taking pictures. :) And the Tom Tower photograph was just sheer luck, with the birds, which is part of what makes it a fantastic picture. I could tell the lighting was going to be cool, with the brake lights and the backlit tower, but I couldn't/didn't catch the birds purposefully, not with the whims of a phone camera's shutter speed. :)
kitmizkit on February 20th, 2016 08:44 am (UTC)
(not to mention trying to take the picture while there were no cars blocking the road! i almost succeeded, there being no more than the front lights of that car in the lower left... :))
desperance: lukedesperance on February 20th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
Not "the Tom Tower", just "Tom Tower". It's the bell tower at the main entrance to Christ Church, on St Aldate's. It's Very Important. (And it was designed by Sir Christopher Wren.) The bell rings 101 times every night; we could hear it some nights, and when I was a little kid I believed my sister when she told me that meant it was midnight. In fact it was five past nine.

Oh, and the University Church is St Mary's, and usually just called that; her collegiate function is secondary to her dedication.

And thanks for these. Every now and then I do pine for my home town.

kitmizkit on February 20th, 2016 08:39 am (UTC)
I shall edit the entry appropriately. I don't think I realized Oxford was your home stomping grounds. It's really an incredibly beautiful city. Also freaking expensive, JFC, but very very beautiful.
desperancedesperance on February 20th, 2016 04:17 pm (UTC)
Yup. In the '60s and '70s, it was an incredibly lovely place to be a child. Then I went off to be a grown-up elsewhere, and I didn't go back for twenty years. And it was - well, I guess every city is like this, but it's exaggerated in Oxford because half of it is mediaeval and they can't touch it: but I could stand on a street corner in the city centre and look one way and it was exactly as it always had been in my childhood; and then I looked the other way, and every single building was new and I couldn't recognise it at all.

Also it had shrunk, of course. Everything was smaller. And oddly inaccessible. When I was a kid we were in and out of the colleges constantly, but you're not allowed to do that any more.
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 20th, 2016 04:33 pm (UTC)
AIUI Chaz was born there 11 months before I was. But we lived in one of the villages to the north, not in the city
The Bellinghmanbellinghman on February 20th, 2016 04:12 pm (UTC)
It is, alas, a little far from us for you to be able to stay with us and pop over. Though should you want to experience Cambridge, you know at least one person who actually works for that University.

I think Oxford manages to be more beautiful because of that stone it's built from - but that may be because the first home I grew up in was made with a similar stone (though our roof was thatch).