Monochrome Monday… Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine

Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engineRolls Royce Merlin X aero engine
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 – 1/125s, f11, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

A Rolls Royce Merlin X aero engine on display at The Ruskin Museum in Coniston. The engine was one of four fitted to Handley Page Halifax V bomber, LL505 ‘FD-S’ of the Royal Air Force’s 1659 Heavy Conversion unit (HCU) that crashed on Great Carrs between Coniston and Little Langdale during a navigational exercise on 22 October 1944. All eight members of the crew were killed in the crash.

The engine is one of two recovered by the RAF in 1997, the other is in the Pathfinder Museum at RAF Wyton in Cambridgeshire.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… I had one but…

I had one but…I had one but…
Nikon F3HP, Nikkor 35mm f/2 AI-S – 1/125s, f8, – Kentmere 400 rated at ISO 320

The wheel fell off…

This seemingly abandoned wheel (on the outskirts of Coniston in Cumbria) reminded me of the old saying ‘I had one but the wheel(s) fell off’ (a once common retort, used when you don’t understand what someone is saying, often about something technical.)

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Single frame… Coniston Fells

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Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 49mm, 1/320s, f8, ISO 400

Every year a pal of mine makes a pilgrimage from Derbyshire to the Lake District to climb a hill in memory of his father. It’s a lovely idea, if slightly crazy to drive all the way there and back AND climb a hill in a single day!

This year it was the turn of the Old Man of Coniston, a 2,634ft (803m) high fell (from Old Norse fell, fjall, “mountain”) that lies to the west of the village of Coniston and Coniston Water.

I went along for the ride and spent my day taking photos (and sampling the ales in the local pubs… The Yewdale Inn being a clear winner in my book!) and the above image is my favourite (at least until I have the roll of film I shot developed).