Insects are generally weird and creepy, and just because this has a pretty pattern doesn’t make it any less weird and creepy. It also looks like something has been nibbling on it. Be reassured it wasn’t me.
There’s that moment in an Autumn day when the sun is low but intensely bright. For a brief few minutes it lights everything with a lovely orange glow and as you stumble headlong towards it you are reminded, a little, of summer. Then it drops behind the tree line, all the saturation disappears, and you realise that it’s nearly winter and you’d better get home before it’s dark as the canal is a bit creepy then.
I spent far too long taking pictures of this tree so it did become dark, and the canal is creepy. In the background are people playing football. They didn’t seem to care about the sun, the canal, or this tree. A few of them may have wondered about the odd guy lurking behind a tree with a camera, however.
Swap out the tour group for a bunch of kids and flying carpets, and you’ve recreated Harry Potter.
I think that’s what happens in Harry Potter, right? I’m too much of a book snob to have read the book or seen the movie, but it’s what I imagine Harry Potter would look like.
This is the dining hall in Balliol College in Oxford.