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Hi my name is Blayn Parkinson I’m a PhotoArtist & Educator, admirer of History, Folklore and learning technologies. Enthusiast of historical re-enactment, aficionado of real ale, fine whisky’s and Tea! Lots of Tea!
I currently work in Higher Education using my creative skills as a Learning Technologist specialising in 3D Graphics and the use of Web2.0 in education. I hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Silversmithing & Jewellery from London Guildhall University and a Master of Arts in Computer Animation from Teesside University.
Home page: http://www.blayn-parkinson.co.uk/blog
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Well I’ve just updated the site to WordPress version 3.3, so far so good. Now for the inevitable flurry of plugin updates to follow the new release have started to appear. Fingers crossed no bugs raised their ugly heads thus far but if you do come across any problems while on the site please let me know.
I’m loving the changes to the back end admin, very slick. Hopefully the front end site will run a bit quicker too.
Till my next post and just in case I don’t get one posted before Xmas I wish you all a very merry Solstice, Yule and Christmas 😀
Guisecliff Wood – Bronze Age Cup & Ring Rock Carving
South of Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire
OS Map Ref SE16416356
OS Maps – Landranger 99 (Northallerton & Ripon), Explorer 298 (Nidderdale)
One of the most intriguing legacies left to us by our ancestors are the enigmatic carving of patterns and symbols which has become known as ‘Cup & Ring’ rock art. These designs created by the Neolithic and Bronze Age people that are our forbears could be as simple as a circular hollow known as a cup through to a complicated combination of cups, rings, spirals, chevrons and grooves. They are thousands of years old and no one knows their original purpose or meaning.
The interest in the rock art of the British Isles has grown over the past few years through the work of volunteers, amateur archaeologists and antiquarians and one such project is ‘The England Rock Art (ERA)’ website and database along with other websites such as The British Rock Art Blog, The Megalithic Portal and The Modern Antiquarian website these important sites are being recorded for these carvings for future generations and are now even being brought to the attention of professional archaeologists. Even though the carvings are in stone those that survive today are often much worn from both natural and human damage and will need our protection if they are to be enjoyed and learnt from in years to come. (more…)
Map Ref: SE03118604
Latitude: 54.270006N Longitude: 1.953748W
High on the bleak Burton moors above the small village of West Burton where Bishopsdale meets Wensleydale can be found the remains of an ancient settlement. Though the walls are now nothing more than rubble you can still see the layout of the huts and enclosures which made up this extensive settlement.
There are many such settlements around Wensleydale, 15 in total all situated high on the moors above what would have been the natural tree line of the wooded dales. One of these being on the moorland on ? Hill which rises on the other side of Bishopsdale opposite Pennhill where the Burton Moor settlement is and both would have been visible to each other. The Burton moor settlement is situated at 1500 feet, the open land would have allowed the inhabitants to see any danger approaching whether human or from the wild animals which would have roamed the wooded valleys. There are several springs in and around the immediate area for water and the open land would have provided grazing for livestock.
Well all I can say is govenments no longer have any excuse submitting badly composited images to convince a gulable public.
It was unseasonally warm for the time of year as the three noblemen drew up their men to form ranks next to the banks of the river Ouse, they numbered in the region of 5000. The strip of land they had chosen for the battlefield lay between the river and a beck (the local name given to a stream or watery ditch), though usually a mash the ground was firm under foot, except for the land around and beyond the beck which was still water-logged, and there they waited, though they didn’t have to wait for long.
From the south came the forces of Harold Hardraada, King of Norway who lay claim to England as the direct descendent of King Magnus of Norway who had made a pack with Harthancnut, the former King of England that if ether one of them was to die without a direct heir then the other was to become the king of both lands, but on Harthancnuts’ death the Saxon witan (council) refused to honour this agreement and so elected that Edward the Confessor should return from exile in Normandy to become King Edward I (it is while Edward was in Normandy that the William of Normandy claimed that Edward declared him his rightful heir to succeed him on his death and so the reason behind William of Normandys’ invasion merely days later), Hardraada was here to clime his birthright. Drawn up before his army was the smaller Saxon force led by the inexperienced 24 year old Edwin Earl of Marcie and his brother Morcar Earl of Northumbria aged only 20. The brothers were joined also by Waltheof son of Siward (former earl of Northumbria).
Battle of Fulford Gate in a larger map
I should have known better than to upgrade the site theme just before my jollies, as you can see it’s overridden all my customisations :-(. My bad I’ll sort it out but this will be a bit piecemeal over the coming two weeks as I’m going to be busy (also why I’ve not posted recently). So please bear with me and I promise to have it ship shape for the beginning of September.The upside of all this manic activity will be several posts and a lot of beautiful new photos of ancient sites, Cup & Ring rock art, waterfalls, woodlands, moors and Whitby along with the usual dose of history and folklore. Well worth it I promise.
All the Best
OS Maps – Landranger 94 (Whitby & Esk Dale)
Explorer OL27 (North York Moors – Eastern Area)
Just east of the village of Grosmont located on a limestone pavement at the crest of Sleights Moor are the High Bridestones, these are not to be confused with the better known High and Low Bridestones which are a natural rock formation situated not to far away in another part of the North Yorkshire Moors.
At first glance this apparently random collection of stones is a little confusing with many now having fallen over and scattered or missing it makes for a bit of a sad site, adding to this is with what seems to be a tradition (how old a tradition is and for what purpose it have yet to discover) of people jamming coins into the cracks and crevices of the upright stone which is causing additional damage to the stone. (more…)
This is just intended to be a brief introduction to Camera RAW for those who might be new to digital photography, even if your not I can recommend some of the links and tutorial videos which I’ve included here I still find them useful to review from time to time, I always find something I’ve forgotten.
Camera RAW, what exactly is it?
Well first of all unlike other file formats such as JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) or TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) RAW isn’t in fact an acronym what it does stand for is raw as in unprocessed data and it is the data that is captured from the cameras sensor the actual file extension that your RAW file will have will vary depending on the manufacturer of your camera, Canon use the CRW file extension while Nikon use the NEF file extension, the reason for this is that each manufacturer like to specify settings which show the images shot with their camera in the best light. Here are the most common manufacturer RAW formats. (more…)
I’ve been using Photoshop now for 20 years, version one on a Mac while I was studying at college back in 92-93, and a lot has changed since those early days. But one thing that I quickly learnt, especially when I started working in a commercial setting was that using keyboard shortcuts were essential.
Once you begin employing keyboard shortcuts rather than hunting for tools and features in the myriad of menus your productivity skyrockets. I would guess that using the keyboard will allow me to complete a task in anything from a half to a third of the time that it would if I just used the mouse.
Surrounded by seven mountains Bergen is recognised as the unofficial capital of south-western Norway and the countries second largest city after the capital Oslo. Bergen is the administrative centre of Hordaland county and was one of the nine European cities given the award European Capital of Culture for the millennium.
Traditionally it was thought that Bergen was founded in 1070AD by king Olav Kyrre son of Harald Hardråde who’s death at the battle of Stamford Bridge (North Yorkshire, England) fighting against Harold Godwinson in 1066AD is seen as the end of the Viking Age. Modern research though has revealed that a trading settlement was already established in the 1020’s. In 1277 Bergen replaced Trondheim as Norway’s capital until Oslo took over as capital in 1299.
It was toward the end of the 13th century that Bergen began establishing itself as a major trade centre especially in dried cod when it became one of the Hanseatic Leagues most important bureau cities. The Henseatic merchants lived in their own separate quarter where their own laws were enforced rather than the local Bergen laws. Many of the old buildings from this Hanseatic quarter can still be seen and make up the old quayside called Bryggen and is on the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.