Scudamore's Punts

A distinct lack of bikes this week and instead a focus on the other major form of transport in the city - punts and punting. The River Cam in Cambridge is full of them. It used to be only during the long summer months that these very specific forms of transport would make their appearance. Now, however, they seem to be a 365 day fixture of the city. I have stood on one of the many bridges in the city on a freezing cold winter's morning and watched very hardy souls huddled up on a punt while traversing the river. Part of this is down to the fact that Cambridge is no longer a seasonal city when it comes to tourists. Nowadays there aren't many weekends when you don't see visitors to the city wandering around the streets with iPads, cameras and those wonderful (I jest!) "Selfie Sticks"! (I hates those things). For that reason punting has become an all year round business in the city. 

Back to punting and the name of this week's post and some shameless advertising: Scudamores are one of the oldest punting companies working the Cam. To quote their website "Scudamore's Punting Company first introduced pleasure punting to Cambridge in the early 20th century." Although there are several other punting companies in Cambridge I have only ever used Scudamores. They are based in the Mill Pond among other places and also by Magdalene Bridge in the centre of the city. This is where the image above was taken. Early morning and before the Cam is open for business the punts are still chained up in their makeshift parking lot on the edge of the river. I took several shoots of the rows of boats - I love the lines and the perspective of the shot. With the exception of a slight increase of the colour levels, the image is unchanged.

Taken with a Canon70D with a Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM / F6.3 / Iso 250

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