Chris Wormald – A Photographer's travel blog.

One Cambridge Winter – part two – city life for a rural chap.

Cambridge is one of those places that I have photographed three or four times over the years for various clients, all architectural assignments involving exterior shots of the multitude of colleges and their lovely quads and gardens.

Early mist on the Cam.

Early mist on the Cam.

This piece is more off-beat with few formal shots but plenty of the River Cam and its moods, the many green spaces and the stunning Botanic Gardens.

The beautiful avenue of London Plain Trees have their feet in the water his winter.

The beautiful avenue of London Plain Trees have had their feet in the water his winter.

There are many bicycle shops in Cambridge but then there very many bicycles – more bicycles than people? It seems so sometimes, especially when overhearing a conversation between two attractive women sitting drinking coffee at the next table. It was the most technical conversation about the humble bicycle that I have ever heard. Frame geometry, gear ratios and chain sets – I secretly put it down to an older woman, almost ready to start a factory and a younger one, her new PA – the product? Well bicycles of course. Cambridge will always need exciting new bicycles.

Bicycle city - whatever the weather.

Bicycle city – whatever the weather.

The Bikeman, knee deep in bicycles one evening.

Cambridge Market and the Bikeman is knee deep in bicycles one chilly evening.

The Cam gently rises and falls a few feet depending on rainfall.

There have been some atmospheric mornings for rowers on the River Cam.

There have been some atmospheric mornings for rowers on the River Cam.

Snowboat to Nowhere, Cambridge, UK

Snowboat to Nowhere, Cambridge, UK

Rowers in pairs fours or eights slice speedily through the water. Some of the eights have diminutive women coxes sitting at the rear, steering and keeping the crews in time, speaking slightly amplified encouragement in ringing Oxbridge accents.

A beautiful home on the Cam.

A beautiful home on the Cam.

Barges sit patiently waiting for a cruise to Ely. Many are lived on full time; some are really lovely boats complete with bicycles and push-chairs on the coachroof, alternative, happy family dwellings on a lovely river. Covet-able indeed; however there is a two year plus waiting list for a Cambridge mooring!

Cold reflections on the water-meadows.

Cold reflections on the water-meadows.

Surprisingly central in the city sits the large University Botanic Garden. One day maybe, I will see it in the spring or summer. Until then here is a selection of winter images.

Bird of Paradise Plant, Botanic Gardens.

Bird of Paradise Plant, Botanic Gardens.

Succulent Texture, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge

Succulent Texture, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge

The palm house and adjacent row of glasshouses are full of fantastic subjects at any time of the year. The café sells Fairtrade products and scrummy cakes.

Ferocactus, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, UK

Ferocactus, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, UK

Cambridge is a lovely city to live in or to visit.

Mother of Thousands, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, UK

Mother of Hundreds, Botanic Gardens, Cambridge, UK

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