Posts tagged with "photos"
It was really quiet - there weren't too many people around last night. I must've walked from around 7pm to 10.30pm. With it being summer, the nights stay light until late, and it's great for taking a stroll.
You can see some photos in the 'Trans Pennine Trail' photo album. I can't say there's anything particularly interesting in there, unless you're into long grass, close-ups of plants and insects fornicating.
Since I don't live in America, I'm not to bothered about the daily ongoing of Barack Obama - America's presidents are just celebrities nowadays. But today, both Flickr and The Guardian inform me that Obama has been President for 100 days - both chose to 'celebrate' this occasion by presenting 'behind-the-scenes' photos of the man himself.
The Guardian seem to have sourced all their images from Getty Images, Corbis and The Associated Press (AP) - Flickr on the other-hand (or should that be upper-hand), have a photostream that's officially maintained by The White House and have made all their photos available in hi-resolution and under a creative commons license.
The photos on Flickr are impressive. Pete Souza - the photographer - has done a sterling job with the photo set 'Delivering on Change', and it's an interesting and eye-pleasing photostream.
In true British style (we love mediocrity here in the UK), Downing Street has a Flickr photostream too - but the photos are a bit shit and they're all copyright. Huzzah!
One day, whilst browsing Google Maps, I'd noticed that there was a large area of green land and a lake by Salford Quays. I'd driven passed the marked 'Ecology Park' many times over the years - but how did I not notice it, and why hadn't I been there before!
Today, around two years after first noticing the area, I felt compelled to spend my Sunday afternoon visiting this ecology park. After I'd finished eating a Sunday Roast (nom, nom, nom!) at my grandparents, I rushed home, fetched my bike from the shed, pumped up the tyres and set off to find the park.
Located in the middle of an industrial estate, surrounded by warehouses and factories and neighbouring a filling station for petrol tankers, lies Trafford Ecology Park. I rode around on my bike for around 30 minutes looking for the place; never suspecting it to be shielded behind a convoy of trucks and lorries - the drivers of which were sleeping in their cabs.
Upon finding the entrance, I'd immediately seen the sign stating the opening times; Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. It was closed. I was disappointed, not just for the fact that it was closed, but that I'd not be able to visit the park without taking some time off work. I'd spent too long trying to find the place just to head back home, so dismounted, chained my bike to the gate and shimmied over the fence and into the park.
I'd just entered a park filled with the opposite of what you'd expect to find in an industrial estate; there was large variety of birds, trees, plants, insects - there was a lake, a pond, bridges and wild rabbits! I knew I was going to spend a while here exploring - and I had the whole park to myself.
From what I gather, the park is generally used by schools to visit - there was a hut for bird watchers, they allow fishing the in the pond, but there was also another building which seemed like it should be a cafe / visitors area. It was nice to be in there, wandering around, which I did for a few hours and then climbed out of the park and started to make my way home.
On the way back, I cycled around the industrial estates a bit more, exploring areas that I wasn't familiar with. I find it really interesting that the whole area is (or was) connected by a rail line that I believe was originally funded and constructed by the businesses in the area many years ago as their own transport network for their goods. It's still used to date by a few companies, but on an infrequent basis - much of the line has been left to become overgrown or has been covered with stones.
I'd hung out with Maria (and friends) the past two nights and am pretty tired - last night was a late one... 4am, and I was up at 8am for work this morning. It was Maria's birthday though; I made a cake.
I've added two photo albums to Opera Community; one of an abandoned church that we hit up on Wednesday after work, and then the other of the cake I made! It has a pigeon on it.
This weekend should be quite quiet. Tomorrow night I'm babysitting my nephew and Sunday night I hope Emily is staying over. I have been looking forward to it all week - it feels like ages since I last seen Em. It's not been, but it's been too long.
I decided to bring photos back to my blog. As always, CSS styles are incomplete. Deal.
Today at lunchtime I walked across town in the rain and got a film back from Advanced Photo. I had enough time to upload a few shots, so have done. You can see the photos on my Flickr account.
There's some random shots of Salford Quays, some shots from the FOUND! Magazine tour and a cool shot of my friend Hannah from Sunday - not amazing shots, but I was dying to get rid of this film and load my Konica Auto S2 with a black and white film - so glad to get these processed.
For the Bank Holiday weekend I went and seen Hannah Eacock who's moved from Manchester and gone back home near Worcester.
It was awesome to see her again and we got to spend most of Saturday and Sunday together, leaving Monday. I've missed Hannah soooo much. Pictures on Flickr:
This Saturday I picked up two rolls of film up from Advanced Photo in Manchester; one was a black & white film that had been in my camera since June 08 and the second was an expired roll of cheap colour stuff that I used to rattle off a load of Tellison / Tubelord shots. One of the first things I did when I got home was post the black & white shots to Flickr.
You can see all the shots that I've uploaded from the black & white film by clicking the link below. Gig photos to follow shortly.
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