“A picture paints a thousand words”
“A picture paints a thousand words”
#poetry #salford #docks #geese #swans #ducks #breakfast
What attracts our feathered friends
to the dock on a sunday morning
you would think they’d be happy
simply swimming over the surface
of the calm waters of the canal
Could it be the man from the council
Spreading sensational delights
on their favourite meeting spot ?
“Move the Camera”
Its funny how a couple of steps, or a turn of the body can change the view of what you are capturing.
I was stood by the pontoon of the watersports centre on Salford Quays, when the Canada Geese came up the centenary walkway for their elevenses.
In they came one after the other, heading for a grassy spot by the pontoon where a water bailiff had generously left some bird food across it. They all ate like royalty, and then waddled back down the walkway to the watersports centre, where they hopped in and out of the canal basins
Salford, 11th August 2018
Breakfast time comes early for
Resident aviators in Salford’s skies
each one has their favourite dish
and some occasionally go for the fish
down below in the waters of the dock
caution though…avoids the shock as
resident birds fall on bread and cake
until the sun through the clouds breaks
maybe they know of the change in the air
but they’re happy being fed … so haven’t a care
in response to cees photography challenge
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 !
The canal is pretty Deep, and joins up to the river irwell and mersey
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.
Salford , 5th September 2017
Hi folks, Inky reporting from behind his desk at the toolshed.
Regular viewers will know i started this site to share my scribbles thoughts and photography with you all.
Most of the poetry (not all) comes from my online repository on Allpoetry.com
Now here’s the thing. when i post to the Allpoetry server, the little gremlins working inside it, read every word i’ve written and give it a score – made up of professionalism, whether people like it or not – grammatical issues and all.
It’s very rare i get a straight 10 – I Got one today!
Here’s the poem, it’s called The Canal, and it was originally written around the time Salford celebrated the Centenary of the Manchester Ship Canal and Salford Docks.
Feel free to drop me your thoughts.
The Large Ditch
on Salfords edge
is filled with
The water travels
along the bank,
making its way
to the West,
Meeting up with
Its Liverpool cousin.
It once carried
Giants of the sea
alongside its cousin
(the River Mersey)
It carried great objects,
Goods, far and wide
but canalside now has
a more relaxed side
Large basins once carrying objects to port,
are now the home of some great watersport.
and where cargo tankers unloaded their bales
is now the home of some colourful sails
Salford , 30th August 2017
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
#weather #water #reflections #poetry
Salford, 15th May 2017
You could almost mistake them for the real thing
confused Canada geese try to eat them as an appetiser before lunch
they seem to float gently on the waters edge
easy pickings for our feathered friends
Bubbles arise from deep below
but clever fish they do not show
as anglers sit along canal bank
the hiding oxygenator fish have to thank
but with one move of a beak
illusions are shattered –
disappearing in ripples
across the water
Salford, 25th January 2017
in response to the daily prompt
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.
Salford, 12th December 2016
I have had a wonderful few days in the run up to the Christmas festivities
Manchester’s volunteer choir were well received at the volunteer celebration at the Town Hall, whilst the smells and sounds of the Christmas markets have been in full swing.
However, today I had the opportunity to take in the Latest instalment of the lightwaves festival which returned (alas, without the bunnies) to Salford Quays and Media city
The Doctor has landed on the Quayside.
And his enemies the Daleks decided to join him 🙂
For world-annihilating robot like creatures – they weren’t half a friendly bunch.
There was the odd astronaut….
and a children’s cartoon character or two, as Blackpool’s Illuminations landed on the dockside of Salford Quays, near to the Mediacity : UK complex.
Noddy and Big Ears parked by Postman Pat
The walkway to the illuminations was lit up by these very special Christmas trees.
and these floating boats produced a wonderful coloured light show on the waters of Erie Basin.
I liked the way they twinkled on the water and produced some wonderful patterns.