Thursday, April 13, 2006

Gunwharf Quays

I am not a shopping person but today I was persuaded to visit a shopping centre in Portsmouth. The 45 mile drive was worth it for the photo opportunity afforded by the proximity of the shops to Portsmouth's historic naval dockyard. Here is what I saw.







The Spinnaker Tower cost $15M and was five years behind schedule. I am too nervous to take the lift to the observation deck even though the panoramic views would be superb. For miles around it appears on the horizon as a tall ship in full sail.
















12 comments:

Nick Zegarac said...

Superb photographs. You've captured the seafaring charm of a place that is both forboding and inviting. But I'm with you...on the tower - you wouldn't get me up there for all the soft shell crabs in the universe!

finnegan said...

I love your peek-a-boo reflections on the canon and the store window.

However, that tower is precisely what thrills me.

Motorbikes, on the other hand...

Thanks for the stroll around Portsmouth's naval dockyard. (I sure would have loved the pics from above, however.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

Awesome stuff. I especially like the last one.
I see you,
JJ

mussolini said...

phallic symbols everywhere. gotta love the united kingdom.

Perfect Virgo said...

Nick - thank you for alighting here for glimpses of Portsmouth new and old. The tower was constructed to celebrate the dawn of a new Millennium. The best British endeavours ensured it opened for business FIVE years late!

Finn - I am a sucker for reflections, they are such fun... and safer than a 550 foot climb!

The views from the top of the Spinnaker Tower are truly spectacular judging from TV footage. Cruising at 120 on the bike is somehow different - something about personal control?

JJ - my head in the bore of a cannon holding a miniature Canon! Cool!

Mussolini - i never thought of the tower in those terms but you have a point! And everyone here just thinks it is a giant sail!!

Cocaine Jesus said...

did you get told off when you slipped away to take shots of the ships?
$15 mill sounds a lot even when it is in sterling!
i see that you are now featuring as a cannonball. can i be ball?

in fact with you, finn, jj and me we can be the modern marx quads!!

Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said...

I like to capture reflections photographically,too. These are fascinating shots. THAT TOWER!!!
No way, would you get me on that lift either! Motorcyles are a different story though.... Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee (oops, I think my excitement showed. ;)

Perfect Virgo said...

GEL - good heavens no! Up that lift? The very idea gives me the shivers. A powerful surge of Yamaha intoxication is a mighty alluring thing. Exciting and potentially addictive, I know...

boulies said...

I agree with Finn...the peek-a-boo reflection shot in both the cannon and the full frame window reflection of you are great. I stopped by here a several days ago to view your lovely shots but didn't have time to comment. I'm glad to see you're still traveling and snapping away. And I don't blame you for not going to the top of the tower. I wouldn't either. That's a bit to high for me. Love your photos sweet brother. I'll keep checking back for more.

Rowena and Eugene said...

Always thoughtful snaps. Thanks for the journey.

RuKsaK said...

I have to say that the shopping centre photos are among the very few of yours which don't make me miss England - quite the opposite in fact. So thanks for making me feel better that I don't live 'back home' anymore.

Perfect Virgo said...

Boulies - I like the irony of shooting a picture of a cannon with my Canon! I adore reflections and look for them at every opportunity. Glad I'm not the only one with a fear of heights.

There is a giant Ferris wheel on the south bank of the Thames in London. I would love to take a ride on it for the photo opportunities but it is hundreds of feet high and takes 30 or 40 minutes for one rotation.

Perhaps someone will convince me...

R & E - thanks for continuing to stop by and look. Sorry, I should be more dilligent myself.

Ruk - shopping is boring I agree. If it weren't for the pictures you wouldn't see me there. I shop on the internet and only browse for real when on holiday!