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Banburyshire Rambles Journal:

Walking into the Wintry Sunset

As I ponder the celestial mechanics of the approaching Winter Solstice, I decide that it’s time to take a break for a sunset walk.

Banburyshire Rambles Journal: ‘Walking into the Wintry Sunset – Route map’, 8th December 2021 – route map
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– mapping courtesy of OpenStreetmap

Too much time trying to catch-up on the computer. Head-aching, I look for a justification to do something better and less maleficent to the eyes. Solstice is approaching. The sun is now setting well towards the south-west now. That means any path which runs in a line towards the south-west will see the sun set directly down its length. Time to walk out to Canal Lane!

Route: Banbury, Nethercote, Warkworth, Canal Lane, Oxford Canal, Banbury.

Metrics: Distance, 8.9km/5½ miles; ascension, 80m/260ft; duration, 2 hours.

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Slides from the walk:

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The path to get to this place has been windingly long... I have very few words to write here. That’s because of the effort it’s taken to get to this point.

It’s been well over a year since I last composed one of these blog posts. The problem has been that the effort require to produce one of these has been beyond me – on top of all the other distractions in life at this point, certainly. Not the walking, or the photography, but getting those images into a form which I can easily get on-line.

Since 2019 I’ve had a lot of problems using my over-elaborate computer system; and that in turn meant, when my bespoke system started to fall apart in 2020, I wasn’t able to fix it. And with no bespoke database and scripting system, no blog posts.

Hopefully, I think I’ve solved that; as this blog post illustrates.

It’s taken a lot of work – a little bit here and a little bit there for a year or so – to create a system that’s simple enough to for to quickly use; but at the same time conveys the images in the right design framework so that people can get the best from them.

As well as easier for me to use than the system I had before, this new system is a little more flexible. Previously every photo had to be exactly the same; both the same physical size and aspect ratio. This new system (which, I have to admit, is still fairly experimental) allows me to use different sizes and aspect ratios, and then it slices and dices the display so that they all conveniently fit onto the page.

The thing I’ve lost under this new system are links to on-line Ordnance Survey maps, that allowed people to find the location of each image. That was a lot of extra effort which I can’t really splash-out on any more.

It was a nice evening’s walk; seeing the sunset, and walking into the dusk on the way back into Banbury. And I hope the pictures convey the beauty of the cloudscapes. What this blog post conveys for me, though, is the possibility of once again finding a new creative outlet for ramblings in the landscape.

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