Scuds in context....

Another of yesterday's shots showing Scudamore's Boatyard. Apologies for not having a today shot - I've been struggling a bit with my shoulder so I've been giving it a rest and not carrying my camera around. Which was a bit of a shame really as it was all go on Jesus Green. It's 'Caesarian Sunday' - the last Sunday before the exams start and the Green is invaded by various drinking societies including Jesus College 'Caesarians'. They dress up in fancy dress or stand around looking posh , drink A LOT, play fight and generally behave badly. Last year when the weather was hot the park was left in a truly disgusting mess and it didn't go down well with town or gown and the Senior Tutors were kept busy issuing fines. I sound like an old fogey - I don't mind a good party, I don't mind students standing around looking posh and drinking A LOT but there's something about this event which is everything bad about Cambridge students. Normally they add enormously to the richness of the town but this seems to be a new tradition and it's just a lot of being loud and unpleasant. It looks like a huge number of students but there are 10,000 altogether and 9,500 are no doubt busy working. On the other side of the Green Cambridge University Brass Band were playing a lovely concert for families - it's swings and roundabouts!!
In other news it turns out that the designer of our 'blind maps' died this week - hence the daisies - RIP Vernon McElroy.
I liked yesterday's but I really loe this one. Just the lines and your eyes keep going back and back.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Picked this out straightaway when having a browse through 'latest'!!
Like the colours as well as the shapes. Shame about the students.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Beautifully done! Loved you commentary!
posted May 6th, 2012  
Boo to badly-behaved students - and the cold weather keeping all the punts quiet - nice row of punts though.
posted May 6th, 2012  
I love the warm rich weathered wood....and the water all in soft focus. We have gatherings in our city...I won't name names....that leave similar bad tastes in mouths here...
posted May 6th, 2012  
Sorry about your shoulder - hope it's feeling better. Great photo, I like it better than yesterday's :D
posted May 6th, 2012  
beautiful
posted May 6th, 2012  
I hope your shoulder gets better very soon, Judith. I like your shot and your day sounds like a really good day :)
posted May 6th, 2012  
Great dof. I'm so sorry that your shoulder has gotten so bad. I think I told you that the first time I got tendinitis badly I had to give up my beloved cello for years. May that not happen to you and your camera!
posted May 6th, 2012  
@jgpittenger Off to a very good shoulder man in a fortnight - its been agony! Hopefully it's only the camera- dog combo that I'll have to give up!
posted May 6th, 2012  
Great POV Judith. It's a long time since I've been punting in Cambridge! Sorry about your shoulder and hope it gets better soon. Have the doctors thought about a cortisone injection?
posted May 6th, 2012  
A typical Cambridge scene. so sorry to hear you shoulder is still painful, hope they can do something about it for you.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Well it's a beautiful photo and a very interesting story. I know what you mean about the shoulder. Mine plays up too and I'm sure my 1&1/2 pound camera doesn't help.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Sorry to hear about your shoulder. :(
Love the treatment here. It has such a dreamy quality.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Beautiful composition!
posted May 6th, 2012  
Quite a different shot
posted May 6th, 2012  
Such a peaceful scene. Would love to be there. Glad your fingers are working for your commentary.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Great shot! and hope you get some relief for your shoulder =)
posted May 6th, 2012  
Fabulous shot!
posted May 6th, 2012  
@rosiekind Yes thanks - tried but it didn't do anything & he doesn't want to try again until the specialist says so. Frustrating but quite a common problem I think - middle age!!
posted May 6th, 2012  
Kim
what an interesting shot. Love the boats but also am drawn to the activity on the bridge.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Such a quaint shot.Love it!! Hope the shoulder improves.
posted May 6th, 2012  
Love this in color and in black and white! And you have a great perspective in both of them!
posted May 7th, 2012  
Interesting shot which does indeed draw you in.
posted May 7th, 2012  
Love the pattern here! Great composition.
posted May 7th, 2012  
beautiful scene, I hope it doesn't sound odd, but I think this would make a great jigsaw
shame about students behaving badly
posted May 7th, 2012  
Totally awesome, Judith!
posted May 7th, 2012  
a wonderful relaxing shot judith, a tranquil setting enhanced by the soft light and colours
posted May 7th, 2012  
Great pov and shot
posted May 7th, 2012  
I liked yesterday's shot but I also like this one. Beautiful colors and composition with the boats massed in the foreground. Lovely.
posted May 7th, 2012  
Gorgeous tones and composition. Hope the shoulder is improving.
posted May 7th, 2012  
Great punts shot - cool tones in this...darn that shoulder!!
posted May 8th, 2012  
@sparkle Awake at 5am actually yelling in pain. LIke cramp and nerve pain mixed up all down my arm and no where to put it to make it better. Specialist in 2 weeks though I'm not sure what can be done.
posted May 8th, 2012  
@judithg only one thing for it, we'll have to turn you to non medicinal drugs and if that dpoesn't work, well, I don't know...put you all in plaster and make you rest up for a few weeks??
posted May 8th, 2012  
Think yourself lucky - in Leeds about 3 nights a week these fancy dress drinkers stagger their way from pub to pub down the Otley Road. Involving nothing so classy as a punt!
posted May 8th, 2012  
This is beautiful. It's such a shame that a certain element have to spoil things. I hope your shoulder gets sorted out soon. It sounds painful xx
posted May 9th, 2012  
Lovely dreamy look to this. Shame about the Jesus Green gathering; I saw a report in one of the London freebies that it had been particularly rowdy.
posted May 9th, 2012  
@bigsusan55 Oh really? It was all tidy by Sunday lunch so I thought maybe I'd unfairly maligned them. They were already heckling the kids on the skate park at 3 in the afternoon though.....
posted May 9th, 2012  
@judithg - Well, I don't know if the Metro might be written by the same crowd as the Mail, therefore greatly exaggerating things!
posted May 9th, 2012  
@bigsusan55 Well I wouldn't be surprised AT ALL if it got unpleasant - after all the fines last year they probably had a working party organised for tidying up! Ive a feeling Prince Charles got in trouble over those Jesus College drinking clubs!
posted May 9th, 2012  
@judithg - My son was/is a memeber of at least one of those drinking clubs, so it wouldn't surprise me if they did behave badly ;-)
posted May 9th, 2012  
@bigsusan55 LOL - he wasn't there was he - I'll enlarge my photos so you can trawl through and point out that you're never too old to get in trouble with your mum!!
posted May 9th, 2012  
@judithg - Nope, not this weekend as he was working. He graduated a few years ago, but still goes back for some events.
posted May 9th, 2012  
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