Ooh, it’s looks like it’s been a while since I last posted. Though, in fairness, this time last year it was much dryer here.
Here is a picture that I named “The Autumn Days Of Yore”. I don’t know why exactly. It sounds nice, it was taken in autumn and it was in the past (like two weeks ago) and that is all the reasons I can come up with.
So, this is it:
Sooo, it’s November. Which means we’re closer to the end of the year, which is where I do that “where has the year gone?” thing.
If you live in Manchester, or have visited this city any time lately, you’ll know that there is a LOT of construction work going on. New buildings are rising up in every corner of the city centre and you can’t see the sky for the cranes (well, not literally, but you know what I mean).
I’m not here to debate whether this is good or bad for the city, or the fact that the moment a new skyscraper springs up, the number of homeless people on the streets increases. I’m just here to post pictures.
I love how they came out on these photos–so razor-sharp they cut the air.
In my last blog entry I shared the photos from my trip to Southport, but that wasn’t the whole trip. That same day, I also visited Formby, a town on the coast near Liverpool. Formby is known for its sand dunes, pinewoods and wildlife–apparently it’s a habitat of the endangered red squirrel, though I haven’t seen any (truth be told, I didn’t have much time, I literally ran from the train station to the beach, took pics and ran back, as it was quite late and I wanted to return to Manchester at reasonable hour).
Anyway, Formby is absolutely gorgeous, see for yourselves:
The pinewoods are conserved by National Trust, for the above mentioned wildlife.
Today, let me share with you some photos from my trip to Southport. Southport is a seaside town in Merseyside, North West England, over an hour by train from Manchester.
The bottom two are smartphone shots.
This trip meant a lot to me because this was the first time in ten years that I felt seawater. The tide was low as you can see, so I just took off my shoes and socks and went right in. I walked way, way past the pier. Of course, not being used to such hot weather (yeah, what’s up with that?) since moving to UK and not having been on the beach for a decade, I forgot I should have applied the sun cream regularly. Shrug, a bit of a sunburn won’t kill me.
I snapped this on the way back from Tesco yesterday evening. It looks like a shot from a different planet–maybe something the Curiosity rover took on Mars–but trust me, it’s just a Wednesday in Manchester.
I don’t often photograph sky with my phone, but when I do, it’s out of this world.