Driftwood

Acrostic, Animals, Poetry, Water

Salford, 3rd February 2018

Detritus floating en-masse down the ship canal

Readily aided by the boats and the water

Is floating aimlessly towards the basin gates

Full stop only happening upon hitting the booms where each stick gangs

Together forming a pretty pattern on the

Waters surface

Overjoyed geese, plunder the booty, piling

One large stick on top of another till a safe place for eggs has been built, whilst

Downstream, a boat with a foriegn name (and crane) is coming to pick up the leftovers

Particular

Memories, Places, Poetry, Water

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Particular

Take a day, any day

And a place, any place

Now take a time, any time

and capture it

Freeze frame

in your memory

That was the day you ate that Sandwich at the quayside cafe

and saw brave souls in Frogsuits dive headlong in the eerie

deep waters of a Salford Canal Basin

They travelled so quickly

Foam rose in the waters

and Canoe based Marshals

Bobbed around in Man-made waves

Light Reflection

Photography, Places, Water

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Reflecting

A response to the reflecting prompt, taken at Salford Quays recently

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Sunset Reflecting on Ontario Basin, Salford Quays, Lancashire UK

Taken by me using my Sony DSC-H300 camera – using sunset mode and continuous frame.

Had a while to wait for the sun to duck below the clouds, but i’m happy with the end result and the colours in the water and sky.

Anyone wondering about the buoys in the water – this is where the watersports centre do their windsurfing, canoeing and line surfing.

Photo Challenge : Path

Home, Life, Museum, Photography

Path

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Salford , 16th January 2017

Picture of the Manchester ship canal’s Centenary Pathway on Salford Quays

Taken on my way home from Imperial War Museum North – on the other side of the water.

It might seem a heck of a hike – but this is the start of my path home from the museum.

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Having crossed over the Millennium Bridge on the Trafford Side, I go over one or two bridges on my way home

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If I follow the Lowry road this takes me to this Crossing – Detroit Bridge, which goes over the largest part of the water basins – Erie.  Its a long stretch, taking in Mediacity (The New Home of the BBC in the North), Harbour City, and the Anchorage

Old Trafford

Depending on which path I take – I pass Manchester United’s Football Ground.  As you can see – this is an old photo but it shows the short distance from the stadium to home – The stadium is at the top of Trafford Road (which changes into Sir Matt Busby Way) whilst I live half way down the road by the Nearby Health Centre.

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Home is just a short walk up the Garden path after I’ve reached the cul-de-sac.

 

 

 

Look up (to the sky)

Industrial, Nature, Weather

Look Up

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Detroit Bridge, Erie Basin, Salford Quays

My entry for the “Look up” Photo Challenge

Picked it for the Red, White and Blue of the Steels in the bridge – as well as that wonderful blue you get of a Salford City Morning.

Could call it a little abstract on my part – but I like the way it makes shapes out of the morning sky.

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On a Mission

Animals, BASIC, Birds, Poetry

Poem that appeared in “Writers Cramp” in 2010, For BASIC

The pigeon is skipping down the lane,
on a Mission.
He’s looking for that bit of fish,
from the open sardine tin,
left by the daytripper
at St Francis’ Basin.

Or the Half Eaten Sandwich,
Left in the bins
By the Designer
at the Outlet by Salford Quays

And passing snow geese can only look on,
as the pigeon hops,
between passing pedestrians,
in their summer regalia.

He doesn’t mind,
He and his friends,
He doesn’t mind
What they drop,
So long as they can have it
for dinner.