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.

 

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The Canal

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

(or M.S.C)

on Salfords edge

is filled with

flowing water.

The water travels

along the bank,

making its way

to the West,

Meeting up with

Its Liverpool cousin.

It once carried

great ships

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

Emulating the greats

Homage

Salford , 30th August 2017

 

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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

 

Clouds in the water

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#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

Ten birds 🐦 spotted

Salford, 25th January 2017

in response to the daily prompt

Ten

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.

The return of the lights

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

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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.

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There was the odd astronaut….

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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.

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Noddy and Big Ears parked by Postman Pat

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The walkway to the illuminations was lit up by these very special Christmas trees.

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and these floating boats produced a wonderful coloured light show on the waters of Erie Basin.

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I liked the way they twinkled on the water and produced some wonderful patterns.

Ostentatious

Ostentatious

Definition of Ostentatious

Characterised by pretentious or showy display; designed to impress.

There are many places that meet this criteria, but you could say the refurbished Manchester Waterside comes close.

Firstly they cleaned up the basins, and placed lots of fancy housing around where the dockside warehouses are…whilst that was going on, they built a hotel on the dock 6, the nearest to the Trafford road bridge, built the bridge a sister and turned Trafford road into a dual carriageway

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Wildlife made its way onto the Dockside, whilst a line of trees followed a walkway commemorating the areas past and transformation, as office blocks, hotels and shopping malls made their way onto space where industrial and ship repair warehouses once stood

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The Office workers were given modern housing set by the waterside, and the owners paid a fortune to get the water in the basins cleaned up.  Old Bridges were given a lick of paint, and the Gem in the crown of the transformation – An Arts centre – the Lowry was placed in a prominent position on the canalside

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Detroit Bridge Salford Quays

The latest piece of the Jigsaw ?  arrived when BBC Manchester were considering a new base for their broadcast HQ.  This led to the development on the furthest part of the quayside adjacent to the Lowry by Erie Basin.  They called the development “Mediacity:UK” and hosts broadcasting facilities for BBC TV and Radio and ITV…as well as several production houses

Definitely a change from the Old Dockside…..

Ostentatious ? I’ll let you be the judge of that !

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Lightshow on the water

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In response to the prompt H2O

Whilst the morning brings the odd boat sailing up the canal,

and the dredger cleaning the bottom

Sailboats traverse around Erie and Ontario – as

the Dazzling Snowdrop gives tours

The sun shines on the surface

creating rainbows where it can

as local wildlife teach their youngsters

the ways of the water

and as the sun scatters its beams on its way

the lights paint softly across the bay

Photo Challenge: Narrow

 

Narrowboats, National Waterways Museum, Ellesmere Port

 

 

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Narrowboats on Erie Basin, Manchester Ship Canal

 

 
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Saturday  July 30th, 2016

A Thought: Narrowboat

They carried the cargo before the rail

up and down the waterways

Colourful characters towing the coal

that burned in the houses, factories and mills

but then with the dawn came the engine of steam

much faster than canal – down rail lines – a dream

so leisure pursuits became boats new norm

where coalmen once slept – a visitors new dorm.

whilst some tell the tales of the canals to date

and visitors on them – they think that its great.
Another Narrowboat poem : https://inkdropblog.wordpress.com/2016/02/26/narrowboat/