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Poetry Sport Sports Water Waterside

Red Canoe

Red Canoe Enters

The bay of the Canal side

ready for paddles

Red Canoe Enters

Cutting through watery depths

Creating White Waves

Red Canoe Enters

Gliding past the floating buoys

in shades of orange

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Photography Water Waterside

serene

Serene

Ontario Basin, Salford Quays, during Sunset.
Sundown over Salford Quays (Image (c) Brian F Kirkham)

Picture of Salford Quays, during one of its sunsets

taken with my Sony Xperia phone

all is calm on the waters surface

the fish are sleeping soundly below

and the geese have headed for bed till breakfast

all is quiet, all is calm

what you’d call serene

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Canalside Fishing Water Waterside

Another Winters Morning

Fishing

As the mercury begins its annual retreat

the angler keeps a watch

the winter water, dark and cold

as silvery sources flicker

 

Hot air turning to almost fog

as chair it rests on sawn up logs

and line it sits, still, with great aplomb

as angler watches for a flicker

 

The float bobs away

in the ice cold soup

slight winds make it bob and loop

but not yet beyond its line it stoops

 

Ripples in water – give something away

as down in the depths – something does play

so sat angler waits – and beef tea he does pour

whilst listening to sports news on Radio four

 

But then there’s some action – could that be a Pike ?

the float swings round wildly – It’s the chain off a bike

and bubbles arising ? – the laughter of the fish

who’ve stopping being put on the wall or a dish

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Beach Birds Photography Places Water Waterside

Things with the Letter D

#CFFC

in response to cees photography challenge

Midnight Salford

To start with, here’s a night time shot of the Holiday inn express on Salford’s Quayside, taken at Dusk by one of the Docks or as the people call them now basins 🙂

You could call this a 3D shot – as it was Dark as well !

Heritage pic

The canal is pretty Deep, and joins up to the river irwell and mersey

Ducks!
The Ducks of Oludeniz – taking cover from the sun

This shot was taken during a family holiday to the Turkish Resort of Oludeniz.  The beach was teaming with wildlife, maybe down to the hordes of fish that sat in the clear blue waters by the sand.  The Ducks raised a smile as they waddled about in the sea.

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Birds Photography Places Water Waterside

Waiting

Waiting

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Canada Geese by Welland Lock, Salford Quays

waiting for the warden to arrive

eyes fixed on a patch of green

and a whole load of swans jumping the dinner queue

Signals are clear

dinner wont be long now

their feathered friends are moving….quickly

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Acrostic Art Canalside Places Poetry Water Waterside

Emulating the greats

Homage

Salford , 30th August 2017

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Sat by the great stretch of Ontario,

Aware of the place i was in

Lowry’s backyard, I

Found myself a bench facing

Out onto this great stretch of

Royal waterway, in sight of Rileys Flat and began to

Draw a scene in simple pencil – one the great man would appreciate

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Buildings Cities Cityscapes Photography Places Water Waterside

Bridge

Salford, 5th July 2017

in response to the photo challenge Bridge

 

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It can be happily said that where i live, in Salford, you’re no more than five minutes away from a bridge of some sort.

The mass of water you see above is the Manchester Ship Canal , which flows towards the river mersey, and flows through the county of Greater Manchester

as a result – there’s a number of bridges that cross this expanse.

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The one i cross most days is the Trafford Road Bridge, which i cross when going to sporting events on the other side of the county.Trafford_Rd_Swing_Bridge

Occasionally, i’ll cross this bridge – the old dockside swing bridge – affectionately called “Detroit” as each of the docks is named after an american lake.  Detroit passes over “Erie” Basin, a place once for ships – but now more akin to Open water swimming

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Erie has an adjoining canal, called Mariners – and this too has a set of bridges to enable those living on the dockside to get about. This pic was taken at the point where the mouth of Erie flows into Mariners – which joins up with another set of Basins at the other side.

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The newest of all the bridges on the quayside (and the last in the sequence on my journey to Imperial War Museum North) is the Millennium Bridge – built for the year 2000 and providing access across the waterway between the Lowry arts centre in Salford, and Imperial War Museum North – in Neighbouring Trafford

(Sports fans might have also noted – its used for quick access to Manchester United Football Club’s stadium – Old Trafford)

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Fun Poetry Water Waterside

Afloat

Friday 14 April . As the quays duck race takes place today on the quays, I thought I’d reblog this

The Inkwell

After Salford University’s hugging students: More weird world records broken by Brits

Salford 6th January 2017

In response to the daily post prompt Float

A tale of a Rubber Duck Race down the River Irwell in Salford, Lancashire.

There was pandemonium

at the rubber duck factory

as ten thousand streetwise ducks

waddled out of the city

They moved down the irwell

passing the boats

avoiding the locks

and staying afloat

Cows in the cowshed , watched somewhat bemused

and captains of small boats looked somewhat confused

as geese and their brethren all went amuck

following the trail of a little yellow duck

Led by their leaders, of United Red and City blue

passing under bridges and past an audience too

divided in a moment, by a Liverpool ferry

but meeting in middle – and still keeping merry

In the end after journey , down canal they all flocked

meeting at gateway at Mode Wheel Lock

and first one in net, out of water they rised

and…

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Acrostic Colours Fishing Sea Seaside Warm Warming Water Waterside

Pacific

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artwork by inkdrop using painter essentials 5

 

#coloryourworld #blue # Pacificblue

Plenty of space down here to move

around the sunken sailing ships

collected on the sea floor.   Fishing boats, go

in search of different treasure, shoals of

fresh fish 🐟 swimming about

in the shipwrecks and coves of the ocean whilst

crabs and lobsters try to avoid fishermens traps

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Birds Industrial Nature Water Waterside

Ten birds 🐦 spotted

Salford, 25th January 2017

in response to the daily prompt

Ten

i never realised my home city was such a magnet for birds, particularly waterfowl

pigeons are normally the first thing I’d spot,

sparrows usually nest in the small fir trees 🌲 In the front garden

today a blackbird said hello, hopping about from tree to tree with  his distinctive yellow beak.  He pecked around the hardened lawn looking for the odd worm 🐛 or caterpillar 🐛 for breakfast,

and at Christmas we were visited by a robin redbreast who hopped in and out of the house 🏡 on the look out for food 🥘

he enjoyed nibbling on the bits of bird seed cake 🎂 left on the windowsill

a family of song thrushes is now occupying the fir tree in the front garden, and I can’t wait for early spring to arrive, as new life hatches in front of its mum and dad high up in the trees 🌲

The colour soon returns in the spring as blue birds and canaries descend on the lawns , grasses and gardens in my hometown.  It’s an ideal time for the birds 🐦 and is great for the flowers 🌺 as they get pollinated as the feathered friends go for the prize of their nectar.

living by a river and a ship 🚢 canal, I see plenty of seabirds around the water, Canada geese are most in abundance, and can be seen on the basin in packs going for the spoils left for the rest of the wildfowl.  Tourists sandwiches can now be denoted as endangered due the curiousity of these brown feathered greedy guts!   But I humour them all the same…as being chased by an irate mother goose is not what I call fun

alongside the geese are a family of swans.   They have grown in number since I first saw them by the quayside.  They’re relatively quiet, but this doesn’t stop the adolescent ones having sibling rivalry on the centenary pathway…common cause of the fights…scraps (by that I mean the bits of food 🥘 left by those sat by the waterside)

finally there are two different sea 🌊 birds 🐦 I see parked on the orange coloured buoys by the basin lock booms.  The first, a heron is practically the veteran of the entire group, as he took up residence just after the waters were cleaned up, and he’s been living on the dock since then.  It’s fun seeing him dive for sprats in the basin.  The newest arrival, a black cormorant landed around the lock gates last summer…and he hasn’t left…I get the sense he likes the waters round my neck of the woods.