An afternoon in Oxford on my own to attend a talk by the artist in residence at Modern Art Oxford, Tamarin Norland (who is exploring the interface of art and the written word…. ) turned into a meeting-up with several friends from a poetry group I attend. We stayed on for a chat and cup of tea afterwards.
By the time I came out the sun was going down and the temperature was dropping. Mainly my eyes were drawn upwards to the tops of buildings caught in the soft light
The Ashmolean Museum in Oxford has recently had a grand make-over, but as the exhibition (New galleries of Ancient Egypt and Nubia) has been open a while, that is since November, I had hoped that there would be fewer visitors today so that I could enjoy it in peace and quiet.
It was crowded and there was great deal to see and take in. We borrowed the hand-held sets for an auditory commentary which was a little unsatisfactory being incomplete – and with so many people around it was difficult to be in the right place at the right time! In addition two things I had been keen to see (the ultrasound scan of a mummy which has been taken to show the insides of a mummy which has never been unwrapped and a CT scans of a child mummy) were both out-of-order… so I shall have to go back. However the artist Angela Palmer has used these scans to make a wonderful piece of art which you can read about here.
I took a few pictures, but it is difficult to capture the exhibition. The order and exactitude required to be a museum curator is illustrated here
for the Photo Competition
A trip into Oxford today and I saw something I had never noticed before. The light was lovely and I wasn’t inclined to shop, so wandered down The Broad with my camera.
What’s that on top of the building as a weather vane?
I have found the idea behind the current photo competition quite inspiring, so although this isn’t an entry I thought I’d share.
We had a trip to the Oxford Botanic Gardens on Sunday:
This is a black pine: a detail of the trunk formation