Monday, 27 May 2013

Battle Of The Atlantic Commemorations, Liverpool

On Saturday I went to Liverpool Waterfront with thousands of other people in glorious sunshine to see the commemorations of the 70th Anniversary surrounding these wartime events.
I spent four hours visiting the many areas of interest and marvelled at the strength, durability and sprightliness of the Octo and Nonogenarian ex-servicemen who paraded smartly and proudly, chatted animatedly with current service personnel and happily posed for photos with all who asked.

Panasonic Lumix G1 with 14-45mm and 45-175mm lenses.

Three Proud Veterans

Standard Bearers and a Canadian Navy Commander

BBC Interviewer Elaine Dunkley Speaking to Royal Navy Commander Nick Chatwin, Project Officer for the Commemoration events.
Old Merchant Seaman With a Sense Of Humour!!

Sea Cadets Displaying By the Liver Building

Chinook Helicopter on Display

Hawker Hurricane

Supermarine Spitfire

Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Flypast

Polish Eagle Meets Liver Bird.
The White Eagle atop the Polish Standard has been the symbol of Poland since at least 1295.
The earliest known use of a bird to represent the then-town of Liverpool was on its corporate seal, dating from the 1350s.

Royal Canadian Navy Frigate Iroquois.
Today’s HMCS Iroquois is the second ship to bear the name. The flagship of Canadian Fleet Atlantic, Iroquois was commissioned on July 29, 1972.

Royal Navy Minehunter HMS Pembroke.
Nine Royal Navy ships have had this name since 1665 and the name has also been used for Shore Training Bases.
My Great Grandfather was based at Chatham Docks on HMS Pembroke pre-WW1.

Naval Ops Display On the Mersey

Polish Navy Frigate General T Kosciusko.
The ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko, the former USS Wadsworth is one of two guided-missile frigates in the Polish Navy. It is named for Tadeusz Kościuszko, an American Revolutionary War hero and hero of Poland's struggle for independence.

Sea King Salute Flypast

Polish Naval Officers On Parade

Standard Bearers March Past

Chinese Dragon Dancers join the festivities!

Friday, 24 May 2013

Poolstock Life On The Leeds/Liverpool Canal

I spent an hour down by one busy section of the canal watching the world go by!

Panasonic Lumix G1, 14-45mm and 45-175mm lenses.

Entering The Lock

Raising The Level
Secure In The Lock
Leaving The Lock
Oil On The Water
Canalside Bluebells
Before And After

Picnic With Wine

Opening The Gates
Poolstock Planters

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Long Wall Wood

I went for a walk to the Winstanley Estate wood to see if the Bluebells had appeared. They are just about ready, so I managed some fairly good shots in the breezy sunlight.

Canon 60D with 60mm and 100mm lenses.

....not that anybody takes any notice of it!!

Bluebell carpet

Bluebells and Oak

This motorbike looks like it's slowly turning into a tree!

Shady Bluebells
What's left of the Long Wall

Gnarled Oak
Sunshine on Bluebells

Blooming Bluebells
A dappled sunlight path leads into the wood

Hundreds of bright yellow Dandelions in a field on the edge of the wood

Huge Oak Knot

Smithy Brook runs through the edge of the wood

A pedestrian crossing over the Wigan/Liverpool line leads to and from the wood

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Haworth, Yorkshire

I took Josie to Haworth in Yorkshire as part of her 'Literary Trail' days out. She went on the Bronte Parsonage Tour while I wandered around the picturesque village taking photos.
There are some other photos on Josie's blog, click the Jaffareadstoo link on the right.

Canon 60D, 60mm Prime and 18-200mm Zoom lenses, Aperture Priority.

Bronte Parsonage

Church Tower

East Window

Church and Houses In Yorkshire Stone
Narrow Ginnels To Walk Through
Main Street And Hills Beyond
Looking Up Main Street
Cobbles on Steep Main Street

The Worth Valley Railway At Haworth

Long Cobbled Path Up To The Village From The Railway

Black Bull Pub By The Church

Kings Arms Pub At The Top Of The Hill

Local lass Enjoying A Refreshing Pint Of Timothy Taylor