Yesterday I read a post by my fellow blogger TBM about his recent walk around downtown London, England, and it brought back many memories for me of my trip to London in 2010. Then last night I saw a report on the news about how Big Ben, the famous clock tower in London, is leaning and how Parliament wants to “put it right”. The day we saw Big Ben, it was raining, and we had to stand across the street under cover to get any photographs, but I was still quite happy with my results. I find that most people try to get the whole tower in the frame, and I certainly did that myself. However, I also experimented with my telephoto lens to try and capture some of the details in the clock face. This is one of my favourites.
When I returned from that trip, I had many of my photos printed (I took tons), and filled five photo albums. I tried to write a little bit beside photos of famous landmarks, and while looking up information about Big Ben, I found some interesting facts. Did you know that the clock tower is really called St. Stephen’s Tower and Big Ben is actually the massive bell inside the clock tower which weighs more than 13 tons. Another thing that I found really fascinating is that Big Ben’s time is strictly regulated by a stack of coins placed on the huge pendulum and that Big Ben has rarely stopped. The clock faces have a diameter of almost 25 feet, and the minute hands are 14 feet long. Quite the architectural feat, don’t you think?