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.
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.
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.
The Cam gently rises and falls a few feet depending on rainfall.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Cambridge is a lovely city to live in or to visit.