Most mornings, when I am winding my weary way down the M6 to the office at Walsall, I pass under a bridge. Invariably, there are five or six cows trudging gently across the bridge. I hasten to add that it is neither the bridge nor the cows in the photo, which should be considered as illustrative only. Even I am not foolish enough to attempt to photograph a herd of cows on a motorway bridge while doing seventy miles an hour (ahem) in the fast lane.
I must admit, I do think it is fairly surreal to see such a sight. It is something about the contrast between the gentle plodding of the cows and the speed of the cars below; the fact that the cows are up in the air. Strangely, they never seem to being led or ushered by anyone, neither farmer nor dog. It is as if they have decided to cross the bridge all of their own volition. I wonder where they’re going? I wonder what they’re thinking? Perhaps they just like cars………
Similarly, when I worked in Wythenshawe, I used to have to drive through the countryside, past the radio telescope at Jodrell Bank. I know it is quite old (1955) but it still looks so futuristic. The contrast between this giant (by UK standards at least), space age, technical, sci-fi dish looming over the gentle farmland is always quite striking.