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Night Mode

Lockdown 2.0 and falling temperatures mean that there are fewer people outdoors especially at night. I’ve fallen into the habit of taking short walks almost every day to alleviate the boredom of sitting alone in a small room at home waiting for the time to pass.

One upside of this is that I’ve had more opportunities to try out Night Mode on the iPhone. Previously, I brought along a small tripod while taking photos of the Radcliffe Camera, but I was curious to see what the photos would look like if I handheld the iPhone, or minimally supported it, by leaning against a tree for example.

Here’s a photo I took earlier from Osney Bridge which crosses the River Thames in Oxford:

View from Osney Bridge

Not bad considering I only rested the iPhone on a bridge handrail while taking the picture. What I really want, however, is to be able to capture more stars in the night sky. Definitely going to put that in my Omnifocus list of ‘Things to Learn’.

The Holly Bush

As I was walking back to my house, I saw this pub looking all lonely and deserted. It reminds me of The Winchester Tavern in Shaun of the Dead, except this one is smaller, and there are no zombies around. Not yet, at least…

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More Colours of Autumn

One of the reasons why I am so keen on documenting the beauty of Oxford is because I hope to inspire in other people the desire, and also the belief, that they too, can make it here. Despite being thousands of miles away from my family, despite being in yet another ‘lockdown’, I consider myself lucky to be able to go for a quick walk in these surroundings.

The setting occasionally reminds me of the movie Sleepy Hollow, especially when I see the gnarly trees, foggy mornings, and mist flowing over the river.

Nature has a way of healing the heart. One wonders if the world would be such a crazy place if more people were closer to nature. Definitely something I need to remind myself to teach my kids when they get here inshaAllah.

Anyway, here are some more pictures from my short walk near the river today.

For more pictures, check out my earlier post: Colours of Autumn

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Lockdown 2.0

Here we go again.

But in the end, it’s only a passing thing…this shadow.
Even darkness must pass.
A new day will come.
And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer.

Samwise Gamgee, SR 1380-1482
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Colours of Autumn

Enjoying the colours of autumn before England goes into another lockdown.

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Headington Shark

Location: 2 New High Street, Headington, Oxford

Look, it’s the famous Headington Shark!

You know, if ever your kids have trouble believing that climate change is making the weather more extreme, you could just take them for a stroll around Headington. Just sayin’…

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Dead Office Plant

Dead office plant

Location: Jericho, Oxford

Another (indirect) casualty of COVID-19.

See also:

Winter Coats, Apocalyptic Vibes Greet Workers Returning to Deserted Offices

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Leuchtturm 1917

The key to happiness is learning to appreciate the little things in life, like this Leuchtturm 1917 notebook that I’ve just bought for a super secret project of mine.

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Punts At Rest

Punts at rest.

Location: Magdalen Bridge, Oxford

Fancy going punting in the rain? Guess not.

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Beaumont Palace

Beaumont Palace

Near to this site stood the King’s houses later known as Beaumont Palace

King Richard I was born here in 1157 and King John in 1167

If you walk down Beaumont Street from the Ashmolean Museum towards Worcester College, you may come across a small pillar near the junction with Walton Street. It’s partly hidden by bushes, but you can just about see it in the image from Google Street View below (on the right side of the picture, next to the man walking on the pavement):

Beaumont Street

Originally built in the early 12th century by Henry I outside the north gate of Oxford, Beaumont Palace was partly dismantled following the Reformation. What remains of the palace was eventually torn down in the laying out of Beaumont Street in 1829.

All that’s left now is a pillar, and memories of times long past.

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Hello Again, Oxford

I didn’t have to self-isolate thanks to the existence of travel corridors, but at the same time I didn’t really want to go anywhere crowded. So I took a walk in the University Parks instead, stopping at St. Catherine’s College along the way to check my mail.

Admittedly, it’s strange to see Oxford so quiet this time of the year. Strange, but also nice in a certain way, because it’s often difficult to appreciate how beautiful the place is when there are a million tourists around.

Anyway, here are some pictures from my walk yesterday (click/tap on a picture to see the full size image):