Sharks, Dragons, Kingston Loop

A regular haunt – the royal standard at lyme
Lyme has a good selection of colourful beach huts although they seem quite small
this artwork in east reach is quite new – it is to promote a local tatoo parlour
i assumed this lady is protesting aginst the number of roads that have been closed in central taunton with a “road closure” sign in front of her burnt to cinders – she might just be watching the busker but someone seems to have it in for road closures!
An eye catching display of bags in a shop in taunton – not sure what the shop is callled but the signs say “outdoors” – not sure if they are bags though
watch out for sharks in taunton library!
this footbridge is part of taunton’s 21 million pound nidr scheme – it replaces the old “40 steps” bridge and has ramps that can be used by cycles and wheelchairs – the old bridge just had 40 steps at each end
cycle racks for tdbc council staff at the deane house offices – they look fairly secure compared with some racks and are covered – i prefer a brompton which can just be parked under a desk but for people who use non-brompton bikes these would be handy racks
2 flags – one flag for each match
i wonder how many reflections of myself i can count?
portaloo – one section of the nidr road connecting the a38 priory roundabout with the a358 near taunton school
the old “kingston loop” bridge – it appears this bridge will be gone very shortly as it will be replaced with a new road bridge forming part of the NIDR road scheme
nidr pipes – these pipes lie on the path of the new road adjecent to whitehall in taunton – the 2 main town churches are visible behind the pipes
it looks from this sign that you cannot enter this area unless you are a shopper or have “written permission” – i wonder how you get the written permission if you are not a shopper and are therefore barred from entering.
praying that his bus will turn up soon
there seem to be a lot of dragons popping up in taunton recently – this has been decorated with sharpie marker pens

Progress on Norton Fitzwarren Road

Looks like this road next to the railway has progressed slightly in that there is now a tarmacked pavement.

I actually walked along this section today as there were no workmen about to say “Oi – you are not supposed to walk along here yet!”

I was a bit suspicious about that green thing half way along, but this looks like it could be some sort of electricity substation for the proposed new development bordering this road.

This picture was taken from the railway footbridge which gives a good view of the area.


At the end of this unmade section it reverts to a “finished” section of road, but as it does not go anywhere yet there is little traffic, although I have seen some vehicles use it only to have to turn round when they realise it just leads to a construction site.



This is the old Norton industrial estate


It has to a certain extent been redeveloped, but there are still large parts of it that remain as wasteland. Above is the Booker Cash and Carry site

The Somerset Heritage Centre and Westcountry Feeds are two large units that have been built – this tank was next to the car park at Westcountry Feeds, and is “under vacuum” according to the sign.


Finally the Old Cider Works, which seems to have been under construction for years now


Lunchtime Walk

Not been to Norton for a while – there seems to be a lot of construction going on there so I thought I’d see what changes have been made.

This housing estate looks simply hideous, no wonder this old lady has the umbrella so low, it must be painful for her to look at!

The estate is called “Langford Mead” but “Toytown” would be a better name I think.


I thought about using square format but I’m not so sure it works for general shots like this – I think I will save it for street photography when I’m shooting from the hip with the camera in vertical format.


This site seems to have been cleared now, until recently it was just waste ground.


I’m looking forward to this road actually being opened as it will provide a direct link next to the railway as far as the other side of Norton village.   I’m rather tempted to walk along it but not when there are workmen working on it!


I thought I’d try an arty shot of the tree sticking above the roofs.   The only annoyance is that I think I have discovered some dust on the sensor.

Unlike a DSLR you cannot simply take off the lens and zap it with a rocket blower, or a pec pad dipped in eclipse fluid.    This is shot at f/8 which is narrow for a compact – I think this GRD4 will only go as narrow as f/9, unlike f/22 for a typical SLR lens.


This is a park home estate on the edge of Norton Village.


Finally some semi derelict warehouses.   It can’t be long before this entire site is cleared


OK not quite finally, just a bit of room left in this post for this sign post.   OK I know I have shown it in a previous post, but it is quite unusual.  f/6.3 here and the dust bunny is not nearly so visible.