Sunday, 19 November 2017

Poolstock Westwood Autumn Colours

The area of Poolstock/Westwood where the Cooling Towers and Power Station used to sit by the Leeds/Liverpool Leigh Branch is now completely returned to nature.

It is still possible to see the artificial waterways and footprint area of this once huge industrial site, but now the waterways are full of reeds and wildlife, and a large, mainly Birch, woodland is growing wild and free. There is a maze of rough pathways created by walkers and bike scramblers to be able to explore the whole site quite easily.

There is still plenty of colour amongst the Autumn decay and the low Winter light and undulating landscape makes great opportunities for images.

I only took my 'long zoom' lens, so didn't get images that convey the size of the area, I concentrated more on the detail and colour that was available.

Fuji XT20, Fuji 55-200mm lens.





















Friday, 10 November 2017

Wigan Greenheart Flashes

A usual haunt but a completely different area that I have never explored at the side of the Leeds/Liverpool Leigh Branch between Hawkley and Bamfurlong.

This is still part of the Greenheart Wigan Flashes area, but on the opposite side of the canal to the main path, and only accessible from Bridge 2.

The Wildlife Trust were strimming the paths to widen and clear them, so it is a more used area than I had realised. Plenty of Reedbeds, woodland, and a small Flash.

Fuji XT2, 60mm Fuji lens.

Bridge 2 Light

Stream Flow Colours

Sparkling Reedbeds

Leaning Over The Canal

Curious Young Swan

Double Exposure Swoosh

Gold On Grey

(Power) Lines In The Landscape

Reedbed Swooshery

Slow Stream Flow

Reed Swoosh

Wildlife Trust workers




Sunday, 5 November 2017

Poolstock Autumn Blue Skies

I had an hour on my regular circular walk of Poolstock under clear blue Autumn skies.

My route includes the Leigh Branch of the Leeds/Liverpool Canal, the Wigan Pier Complex on the Canal proper, the abandoned Eckersley's Mill buildings and the River Douglas.

I took my Olympus Stylus 1 camera, a great 'carry round' that produces superb images!

Autumn Colour View Towards Wigan

Floating Autumn Leaf

Lock 1 Reflection
Poolstock Reflection
Three By Three



This Young Swan was a real poser!






Pier Complex
Pier Reflections
Blue Sky Eckersley Tower
Two Towers
Tower and Tree
River Douglas Turn
Fast-Flowing River Waves











Monday, 30 October 2017

Billinge Plantation, a Woodland Trust site.

I took advantage of the low, bright Sun on a cold, clear day to take long shadow images of the trees at the top of this Plantation in Billinge.

The Woods are all on a steep Eastern facing slope near Billinge Beacon, so soon lose the sunlight in the afternoon, creating contrasting areas of shadows and light, my favourite!!

Fuji XT2, 10-24mm Fuji Lens.