Driftwood

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

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Things with the Letter N

#CFFC #LetterN #Photography

We begin with something Nautical – the Manchester Ship Canal

(or as we now know it – Salford Quays)

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The various waterways are connected by a series of footbridges for Navigation around the quayside.

Located in the Northwest of England the basins are still used by ships and boats at certain times of the year.   Everything from Royal Navy and Merchant Navy vessels to Narrowboats which use the waterway as part of their navigation of the canal network

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I like the narrowboats as they’re painted to the owners original design.

Salford Quays has its own narrowboat named after the painter LS Lowry, and it does cruises up and down the Canal network.

Particular

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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

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

Over the bridge

Pedestrian

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Detroit Bridge, Anchorage/Erie Basin, Salford Quays

Walking on water ? not exactly as they straddle the Locks , Quays and Rivers

of my home town

never shy of their responsiblity – they get people to their

destination from A to B and back again

easing a walker’s worry they’ll get wet in the water

revolutionary ? in their day necessity ? most definately

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Mariners Canal Bridge, Salford Quays

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Salford 17th September 2017

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They cut through the Earth, to create this canal.

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Development led to a series of Basins being dug, which filled with water coming from, not only the canal, but the skies too.

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Originally , the Wind carried ships down the canal – using their sails, but nowadays these boats are powered by fuel…and its not materials they carry, but people.

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.