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U.K., 2016

We were in the U.K. for a quick visit with friends after a trip to Tanzania (galleries Tanzania, 2016 and Zanzibar, 2016).

Photos here have been adjusted for brightness/contrast/levels, and a few have been manipulated a bit more, but with a light touch overall, I hope. "Original" photos linked here include those manipulations, and are at 1/2 of the original resolution. Many of these are just tourist photos, for the memories.
We started in Cambridge, where our friends lived (they are still alive — just not in Cambridge, thus the past tense). Many of these photos are from King's College Chapel, which has a particularly lovely ceiling.
Various touristy sights in London. The equestrian statue is of Richard the Lionheart.
Now we're at Westminster Abbey, where many very notable people are buried (or entombed, or... encrypted?). The abbey has a cavalcade of minions whose sole purpose in life, it seems, is to prevent people from taking photographs (for no apparent reason); I stealthily evaded them, as I have no patience for that. Here are many giants upon whose shoulders I have briefly and unsteadily stood: Darwin, Wallace, Hooker, Lyell, Newton, Dirac, Herschel, Faraday, Maxwell, Halley. It was an honor to be in their presence (although not all are actually buried at Westminster).
More random sights of London. The performance I attended was a symphony, I suppose, but I don't recall specifics. The triangular building with the jagged top is called The Shard; it's in four photos below, so I guess I have a bit of a fascination with it, but it's also one of the most visible landmarks in London.
Here we're at the Fusilier Museum inside the Tower of London.
And then back outside, obviously.
Tate Modern, London
We finish up with photos of some artworks that I particularly liked at the Tate Modern museum in London. I've tried to get the color balance and such correct for these, so that they look reasonably good, but sometimes there are reflections from the museum lights and other artifacts. The Tate has a good website with their own photos of these works, which I'm sure are better.

Below, left to right, are: Josef Albers, Study for Homage to the Square: Beaming, 1963; Gerhard Richter, Strip (921–61), 2011; Wassily Kandinsky, Cossacks, 1910–11.
Below: Piet Mondrian, Composition C (No. III) with Red, Yellow and Blue, 1935; Kazimir Malevich, Suprematist Painting, 1916; Paul Vézelay, Curves and Circles, 1930.
Below: Max Ernst, Celebes, 1921; Paul Klee, Ships in the Dark, 1927; Hamed Abdalla, Defeat, 1963.
Below: Gunther Uecker, White Field, 1964; Frieder Nake, matrix multiplication, 1967; Gerhard Richter, Cage IV (897–4), 2011.
Below: Mark Rothko, Untitled, c. 1950–2; Pablo Picasso, Bust of a Woman, 1909; Georges Braque, Mandora, 1909–10.
Below: Shozo Shimamoto, Holes, 1954; Bridget Riley, Nataraja, 1993; Ai Weiwei, Tree, 2010.
Outside again for a few final photos of London, and then we headed home.

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