As you can see from todays earlier post I was down in Chorlton Ees this morning photographing the Herons. I went back to photograph them again this afternoon and soon smelt the burning. Unfortunately its a smell I have gotten used to over the years as an arsonist takes advantage of any dry weather and sets light to the Meadows. I have no idea what sort of pleasure anyone takes from this – but its truly depressing.
I haven’t walked around this part of the Chorlton Ees for a couple of years now, so imagine my surprise when i see who has moved in. Apparently around 14 pairs of Herons have moved from around Chorlton Water Park to this area closer to the Mersey, perhaps a sign of how clean the Mersey is getting? Whatever the reason, seeing the trees full of these huge nests and these beautiful birds is a very lovely addition to this part of the Ees
So… i built that new Apple and i mentioned i intended doing more video… well…. i have been working on some video….
This is something new I am working on, combining audio with my pictures to try to bring something more to them – its something that over the past year I have seen done fantastically well over at duckrabbit and other sites and i have been keen to try out – its a little rough, not least because the audio was recorded ‘on hoof’ rather than in a quiet space and added afterward. It would also probably benefit from being edited down a little… but here we are!
The subject is not one i would have chosen for my first foray into this kind of thing but I have been very concerned of late of the moves to build on a part of the Mersey Valley that means a lot to me, I’m not so much against football pitches, but the land grab has to be stopped somewhere, first football pitches then what? Anyway, for this I have identified several stakeholders i want to talk to about this particular part of the valley and ask them what makes it so special – first up – local naturalist, Dave Bishop.
Interesting commission this week, to witness and photograph the final stages of construction of a wind turbine on the site of a chemical plant in South Wales…. yes, truly this is the real glamour photography, but it is quite interesting in a nerdy way and certainly very very impressive, check the slidesshow:
What I like about this picture is that in all the time i have been in Manchester and all the times i have climbed on Snowdonia I never knew that the range could be seen from Manchester… or in this case, East Manchester / Stockport. The power plant is Fiddlers Ferry in Widnes, and to the left in the background you can see the mountains of Snowdonia