The Backs. Cambridge, England. Pastel

Running behind a number of colleges in Cambridge, England, is the river Cam that gives its name to the town. Many students make use of the river and in the summer it is often alive with punts, steered expertly or otherwise by both students and tourists.

It is an excellent way to see some of the famous colleges.

It is especially lovely in the spring when the daffodils are in bloom. I lived not far from this famous and beautiful city for some time. The area that runs along the river is known as The Backs.

Here are a couple of pastel paintings I did of that area. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

The Backs, showing the Senate House

The Famous King’s College Chapel from The Backs.

Punting is not as easy as the experts make it look. I saw someone do the common comedy stunt, Quite by accident I am convinced, judging by the look on his face. He pushed the boat along with his pole, then ended up hanging on the pole for a few seconds before dropping into the river.

Have you ever tried punting? Let me know in the comments box.

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