These Engine Houses are on the west coast of Cornwall at Botallack, a few miles north of Lands End and Cape Cornwall.

From the National Trust information sheet : “The lower of the two engine houses was built in 1835 to pump water from the mine. The higher engine house was built in 1862 to provide winding power for the Boscawen Diagonal Shaft, which ran out under the sea.


Men were carried up and down the shaft in a gig, a purpose built wheeled box, which was also used to raise ore.”

The mining levels reached out up to 150 metres beneath the sea. In stormy weather the miners could hear the sound of the angry sea above them. It must have been a living hell!!



It is a little known fact ( that is to say, I didn’t know ) that plants breathe out oxygen. Apparently “Plants produce oxygen as a waste product of making sugar using sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water”. ( Source : )

The appearance of bubbles in these images is evidence that plants do breathe out.

BUBBLES by John Allen-4BUBBLES by John Allen-2BUBBLES by John Allen-1BUBBLES by John Allen-3

The images were taken by submerging the flowers into a small glass tank of water – and waiting for the bubbles to appear. The flower in image 1 is a chrysanthemum; images 2 to 4 are of blossom – cherry blossom, I believe.

All taken on the Olympus EM1 MkII with a 60mm macro lens. Images 2 to 4 are 1:1 macros; all of the images are uncropped.


IN THE FLOW by John Allen

Taken at Hurley Weir on the River Thames. The 1/10 of a second exposure in the first image accentuates the movement of the kayak through the water. In reality these kayakers are paddling against the water as it pours through the gates on the weir. So it is the water that is moving – and they remain almost stationary in the viewfinder, making them so much easier to catch!!

IN THE FLOW 2 by John Allen