Peter Tatchell - tranimals

Gay Times introduces: Tranimals!

You may know Peter Tatchell best for his views on reducing the age of consent and on sexual relationships with children. He’s …

Scala Contarini del Bovolo - Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Scala Contarini del Bovolo

Six floors, eighty steps, 28 metres and €9. That’s the spiral staircase named after snails, ‘del Bovolo’, in Venice. The Palazzo was …

Venice - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The gondoliers

Gondoliers in Venice appear to earn a top salary of €100,000. For that I’d expect some adherence to uniform standards. We saw …

Fossil ferns and horsetails - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Fossil ferns and horsetails

I’m astonished every time I see detail in fossils. Their age, the heat and the pressure they have been subjected to, and …

Venice trophy room - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The trophy room

A visit to the natural history museum in Venice can be a bit of a shock for those unprepared for a full-on …

Venice Bridge of Sighs - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Bridge of Sightseers

A tale of two bridges. One is the Ponte dei Sospiri, the Bridge of Sighs, built in 1600. It’s the bridge between …

Venice gondolas - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pink lamps

It’s a foggy early morning in Venezia and the low cloud gives an eerie feel to the place as we wander around …

Venice Mermaid - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chimera

A trip to Venice isn’t complete without at least two hours visiting the Museo de la historia natural. As well as dinosaur …

Venice gondolas - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Asymmetric Gondolas

On a recent trip to Venezia (Venice) I was fascinated to see that gondolas lean. They all have one side much larger …

Paul Nash - Totes Meer

Totes Meer – by Paul Nash

Seeing an original Paul Nash painting is always a revelation. His Totes Meer is a wonderful moonlit seascape of ruined German planes. …

Marsh Harrier - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Marsh Harrier on the marsh

A trip in dull weather with Birds of Poole Harbour gave me the chance to see a very distant Marsh Harrier while …

Herring Gull - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The chase

Herring Gulls love a good chase. If there’s a chance of kleptoparasitism, they’ll take it. This one seems to have been just …

Kew Gardens - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Cycad

There’s a Cycad in Kew. I love them. Just like conifers and the Gingko tree, Cycads are gymnosperms, which means their unfertilised …

Siskin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Siskins in Alder

They’re noisy, tiny, green and yellow, and at the top of a tree. The Siskins, Carduelis spinus, are here. There’s a large …

Kew Gardens - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tipitiwitchet

The Venus Flytrap, Dionaea muscipula, is a fascinating plant. I’ve kept one as a pot plant in the past, but was excited to …

Marsh Harrier - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Marsh Harrier over the reeds

A highlight of my trips to RSPB Lodmoor is the sight of Marsh Harriers flying over the reeds. Their languid flight, interspersed …

Northern Shoveler - The Hall of Einar - (c) David Bailey (not the)

Three Shovels

I was attempting to get my ducks in a row at RSPB Ham Wall as these Northern Shovelers had an energetic flypast. …

Robin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Robert

The white spot in the centre of the Robin’s breast is so intense, it’s often blown-out in photographs. If it’s brightly lit, …

Goldfinch - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tinkling in the trees

There’s a tinkling I recognise in the trees. I see it as it flies down to a barbed wire fence. It’s a …

Treecreeper - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Treecreeper

There’s a small brown object in the distance doing what Treecreepers do. It’s too far away for me to see any details, …

Siskin - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Twittering Siskins

The trees surrounding us are full of noise. At first we can’t see what’s making the high-pitched sound, but we persist. High …

Mallard Duck - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Quackers

I spot a group of Mallard Ducks taking off from the water at RSPB Radipole. They’re a hundred metres away, but it’s …

Chiffchaff - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chiffing and chaffing

A trip to RSPB Lodmoor in Weymouth revealed scrubby field edges, hedgerows and brambles full of Chiffchaffs. They were active in the …

Redwing - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Redwing

I love to see winter Thrushes in the UK. They seem so wild and unrestrained and when I see them I feel …

Sidmouth - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Deadwood

There’s a beautiful piece of driftwood on the beach at Sidmouth. It’s the sort of thing which would become an essential structural …

Tufted Duck - the Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Tufties

I love to see Tufted Ducks. Here’s a close-up with an overview of the workings of their iridescent plumage: And here’s my …