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Theme is 'Urban Jungle'

'Amsterdam Houseboats' by Brian Snelson of Hockley & Hawkwell u3a

'Amsterdam Houseboats' by Brian Snelson of Hockley & Hawkwell u3a

A Dutch take on urban jungle. I saw this on a recent Dutch river cruise. In Amsterdam waterways are the thoroughfares and boats are the means of transport.

'Jungle in Digbeth' by Angela Reid of Balsall Common u3a

'Jungle in Digbeth' by Angela Reid of Balsall Common u3a

Digbeth is an urban area just south of Birmingham City Centre. Famous for its street art, so always a fascinating place to explore. I spotted this wonderful jungle designed artwork above a corrugated roof, on corrugated metal. Such vibrant colours, in contrast to much of the area.

'Bridge Jungle' by Gillian Edwards of Wrexham u3a

'Bridge Jungle' by Gillian Edwards of Wrexham u3a

I was walking near Llangollen and was intrigued by this tangle of bridges. The furthest away carries the A5, the middle bridge carries a road that comes round to the bridge that I am standing on which crosses the River Dee, and the closest carries the Llangollen Steam Railway. All 3 bridges cross a tributary of the Dee. And in the middle of all this stone, nature is trying to make a comeback.

'Reflections' by David Roby of Mawdesley u3a

'Reflections' by David Roby of Mawdesley u3a

Reflections in the windows of a modern building alongside the old Puerto Madero docks in Buenos Aires, Argentina

'Street Jungle' by Dianne Murrey of East Lothian u3a

'Street Jungle' by Dianne Murrey of East Lothian u3a

We somehow acquired this sign (I didn't ask how) but I thought it epitomised the theme of urban street furniture in the bamboo jungle which is part of my garden. 

'India' by Joan Quinlan of Mawdesley u3a

'India' by Joan Quinlan of Mawdesley u3a

The laundry in Mumbai, India. Laundry is collected from a multitude of households, sorted into categories, washed, dried and ironed, then delivered back to the owners.

'Jaipur Cable Jungle' by Julia Wallace of Northampton u3a

'Jaipur Cable Jungle' by Julia Wallace of Northampton u3a

The jungle of cabling in Jaipur - hard to believe you see such sites throughout the urban landscape of India, and frequently with monkeys performing high wire acts to add to the spectacle

'Giraffe in the City' by Karen Coates of Balsall Common u3a

'Giraffe in the City' by Karen Coates of Balsall Common u3a

It’s not very often you come across a giant land mammal in the centre of town! Huge Lego creation in Birmingham. 

'Mural Of St Mungo' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

'Mural Of St Mungo' by Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

This mural by the graffiti artist Sam Bates (aka Smug) is located in Castle Street, Glasgow. It depicts St Mungo, the patron saint of the city who was alive in the 6th Century, so the clothing depicts a more modern interpretation. The robin is based on the story where, after seeing children throwing stones at robins, Mungo picked up a wounded robin which revived and flew away - a miracle. 

'Forest of Buildings' by Paul Wallis of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Forest of Buildings' by Paul Wallis of Sutton Coldfield u3a

I imagine myself looking up through a forest of trees, instead, it is a jungle of high rise buildings

'Manchester' by Peter Byrne of Chorley u3a

'Manchester' by Peter Byrne of Chorley u3a

From the Canada Geese trying to make a home next to the old working boats on the Manchester canals to the overhead railways that now take passengers and goods instead. Through the arches to old warehouses that are now modern apartments.

'Stumbled Upon' by Sue Kyte of Hinckley u3a

'Stumbled Upon' by Sue Kyte of Hinckley u3a

Taken on a walk through Birmingham trying to find the Michelangelo exhibition….

'Gardens Sculpture' by Val Girling of Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

'Gardens Sculpture' by Val Girling of Palmers Green & Southgate u3a

I found this Chihuly sculpture of striking pillars of bright red glass on show in Kew Gardens last year inspired many abstract studies.

'Tranquility' by Richard Mathews of Burnham-on-Sea u3a

'Tranquility' by Richard Mathews of Burnham-on-Sea u3a

Tranquility at National Trust garden