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'Glass Half Full' by Heather Quiney of Dunmow u3a

'Glass Half Full' by Heather Quiney of Dunmow u3a

Not a recent photo but one which sprang to mind as soon as I saw the theme of "Framed" for this month. Just some of the thousands of ceramic poppies filling the moat of the Tower of London, for the "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red" installation, taken through the latticed stone perimeter wall.

'Sunset' by Jim Hay of Southport u3a

'Sunset' by Jim Hay of Southport u3a

Taken on a recent Photography Group evening, this sunset shot was taken under Southport Pier - the oldest iron pier in the country. We get great sunsets in Southport and the structure of the pier creates a wonderful opportunity to frame the sun. This time I waited until the two people were in shot to emphasise the perspective.

'Old Joe' by Bob Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Old Joe' by Bob Robertson of Sutton Coldfield u3a

The Joseph Chamberlain Memorial Tower, affectionately known as Old Joe, is located at Birmingham University and is the tallest freestanding clock tower in the world.

'Castle from Garden' by David Mogg of Mawdesley u3a

'Castle from Garden' by David Mogg of Mawdesley u3a

Helmsley Castle in North Yorkshire, framed from the Laburnum 'tunnel' in the Helmsley Garden next door.

'View of the Far East' by Fiona Self of Sleaford u3a

'View of the Far East' by Fiona Self of Sleaford u3a

Bamboo Silhouetted in a Japanese Screen Window - Elegant bamboo leaves were silhouetted in the afternoon sun through a Japanese-style pavilion window, bringing a view of the Far East to the East of England. 

'Landscape Painting' by Phil Self of Sleaford u3a

'Landscape Painting' by Phil Self of Sleaford u3a

Clumber Park Landscape in the Frame - Outsize photo frames were placed at various points around the park, offering an opportunity to view, interpret and photograph elements of the landscape through the seasons.

'Out into the Daylight' by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

'Out into the Daylight' by Ian Weatherley of Witham & District u3a

The wonderful sight of a Barn Owl, beautifully framed by the timber doorway, as it silently emerges from the darkness of an old Essex barn.

'Anne Hathaway's Cottage' By Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

'Anne Hathaway's Cottage' By Jim Melville of Balsall Common u3a

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage through the Willow Circle. This is a twelve roomed farmhouse where Anne Hathaway, the wife of William Shakespeare, lived as a child. It is located in Shottery about a mile west of Stratford-upon-Avon.

'Through A Bedroom Window' by Robert Piper of Norton Radstock u3a

'Through A Bedroom Window' by Robert Piper of Norton Radstock u3a

This is a photo that I took framed through the window of the main bedroom at a National Trust property at Knightshayes near Tiverton in Devon. Sir John Heathcoat and his family moved to Tiverton in 1816, after their lace-making factory in Loughborough was destroyed by the Luddite rebellion. It was Sir John's grandson, John Heathcoat Amory (MP), who commissioned the building of the house. This is the view from his bedroom which looks out over his estate right down to the town of Tiverton and the textile factory which the family built and which still operates today.

'Prestigious Oxford' by Maureen Gibson of Helston & District u3a

'Prestigious Oxford' by Maureen Gibson of Helston & District u3a

The hardest part of taking this photograph was waiting for the tourists to move away from the archway which framed the beautiful building.

'Framed Tower' by Derek Robbins of Balsall Common u3a

'Framed Tower' by Derek Robbins of Balsall Common u3a

View of Blackpool Tower take from underneath the pier and framed by the supports.

'Crane Framed' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

'Crane Framed' by Brian Moore of Belfast u3a

This is an image of Donaghadee Lighthouse as seen through a crane on the pier in black and white

'Grand Teton Mountains' by Gill Wallis of Sutton Coldfield u3a

'Grand Teton Mountains' by Gill Wallis of Sutton Coldfield u3a

On holiday in Wyoming we were on a farm track opposite the Grand Teton Mountains. A broken barbed-wire fence provided a "frame" through which to capture the scene and it occurred to me that it poignantly demonstrated how, despite Man's efforts to tame it, the wild beauty of nature will prevail.

'Old Head Of Kinsale' by Sue Kennedy of Camelot u3a

'Old Head Of Kinsale' by Sue Kennedy of Camelot u3a

We visited the Lusitania memorial site at the Old Head of Kinsale on a bright but cold day in October 2018. It was interesting to go into the lighthouse where the Lusitania would have last been seen from before it was lost. The way this framed picture was constructed was fascinating and the stone in the photo explains this.

'Little Window' by Paul Walker of Thatcham u3a

'Little Window' by Paul Walker of Thatcham u3a

took many photographs of The Newt in Somerset which is a gardener's and a photographer's dream venue. This " framed" view of the care and structure of the wildness sums up the beauty of the place and was a rare one to capture without people being in my little window.