Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Rain, King's Cross Square

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It has been an unusual summer with rain actual, and rain metaphorical being unleashed upon our islands. I could say so much about "Brexit" rain but will restrict my remarks to the collective national folly of allowing the person who has been quite the worst prime minister of my lifetime to put party unity before country and leave us, through his ill-advised referendum, in a place not of our collective choosing. That is the polite version!

Now for the the wet stuff. It hasn't actually rained every day this summer, but it feels like it has because we've had more wet days than usual. Moreover, I say this as someone who for the past nine years has lived in the drier east of England. But here too rain has followed more rain. As we've travelled about the country we've experienced rain wherever we've gone, with one exception. Very unusually our week in Settle in the Yorkshire Dales was dry. However, as we left - we were five minutes down the A65 on the way to Skipton - when a phone call told us that the town was experiencing a torrential downpour! All we saw of it was a beautiful rainbow over the Ribble valley.

A couple of recent London visits have coincided with rain, mainly showers, though some very heavy. As we waited at King's Cross for our train recently the heavens opened and people ill-prepared for precipitation had to sprint for cover. Today's photograph shows the equipped and the unequipped making bee-lines for the cover of the concourse. I took my photograph from under a large canopy!

photograph and text © Tony Boughen

Photo Title: Rain, King's Cross Square, London
Camera: Olympus E-M10
Mode: Aperture Priority
Focal Length: 80mm (160mm - 35mm equiv.) crop
F No: f5.5
Shutter Speed: 1/160 sec
Exposure Compensation: 0 EV
Image Stabilisation: On