I took Isobel to work this morning and as we drove up to Ainley Top there was a bank of cloud slumped into the valley bottom like a fat Buddha taking a rest. By the time Amy and I got back to the same place on our way home the moment had gone. The cloud had spread and the magic of the moment had vanished.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
If you read either of my other Blogs you will know that I went to Keighley today. Whilst taking photographs of churches and pubs I spotted a rather interesting shot of one of the statues on the War Memorial. It is the various shades of grey that are so compelling : somehow they seem to represent the meaning of war.
Tuesday, 27 October 2009
The weather forecast predicted good weather today but it has been wet and misty. To check out the weather on the same day last year I looked back in my image files and found this photograph of Fixby Hall. The eighteenth century hall is now the club house for Huddersfield Golf Course and the grounds have been transformed into fairways and greens. There is still a public footpath which cuts right through the grounds (much to the annoyance of the golfer I suspect) and Amy and I walk that way often.
Monday, 26 October 2009
I have been doing things rather that photographing things this weekend, so I have had to have another dip back into the archives for today's image. I took this a couple of years ago at Cleethorpes on the east coast of England. The wet sands provide a home to thousands of worms who drill down into the sand leaving sand sculptures which conveniently tell fishermen looking for bait where to dig.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Thursday, 22 October 2009
I know I promised that we had seen the last of the scanned leaves ... Well, these are not scanned (and if they are I have probably ruined the scanner). The grass and leaves I spotted on our walk this morning and they just seemed .... nice. I know "nice" is a bit of am overused word but they were ... nice.
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
Monday, 19 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
Beautiful day today and Isobel was off work so we went into Halifax shopping. I managed to escape for half an hour and walked through the Piece Hall. Halifax Piece Hall is Britain's oldest remaining cloth hall where individual hand-loom weavers used to take their "pieces" of cloth to sell to buyers who would travel to Halifax from all parts of the country. Built in 1778 it takes the form of a large open courtyard surrounded by over 300 small trading rooms. The church spire in the background is the spire of Square Church which was built in the 1850s.
Thursday, 15 October 2009
About a mile away from Coley Church, in the hamlet of Priestley Green, there is a row of cottages known as "The Sisters" The cottages were built in 1630 by Samuel Sunderland of Coley Hall. You could examine the cottages for hour after hour and probably never find a straight line or a right angle. That's what age does for you.
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
When I was young I looked out of my bedroom window across the fields and saw the proud stone tower of Coley Church cutting through the grey clouds that seemed to live forever on the horizon. The present building dates back to 1817, but there has been a chapel on the site since the sixteenth century. As Amy and I walked down Coley Hall Lane this morning I just hoped that nobody would have the silly idea of cleaning it up. The soot-black stone is just the way it should be.
Tuesday, 13 October 2009
As you may already know the reason why I have been out of contact for the last few days is due to my involvement with the Marsden Jazz Festival. The Festival is behind us now and therefore I can return to my normal routine of walking the dog and taking photographs.
Thursday, 8 October 2009
Our walk this morning took us past the Nag's Head at Ainley Top. The sun was shining and the outside tables were ready to welcome just such passing dog-walkers as myself. The pub I know well : they serve a decent pint and have a ready supply of guest ales. But this is the weekend of the Marsden Jazz Festival and there were a pile of jobs awaiting me. Next time, next time.
Tuesday, 6 October 2009
This Lock Keepers' Cottage is just around the corner from yesterday's photograph. It stands at the junction of the Calder and Hebble Navigation and the Huddersfield Broad Canal which takes boats from the Calder and Hebble to the centre of Huddersfield, a journey of just under four miles.
Monday, 5 October 2009
Our morning walk took Amy and I along the towpath of the Calder and Hebble Navigation at Cooper Bridge. It is a "navigation" rather than a "canal" in that it is made up of long stretches of natural river and short stretches of canal around weirs. Build in the 1760s, it is still in regular use - by pleasure crafts rather than commercial traffic - 250 years later.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
I did promise a picture of the "Castle" on Castle Hill which is why I am showing this one although I am not 100% happy with it. The site is one of the most ancient in Yorkshire which has been settled for at least 4,000 years and was the location of the areas most important early Iron Age Hill Fort. There was a castle on the hill briefly in the 12th century and during the nineteenth century the hill was the site of several mass meetings of the Chartist movement. The current tower you see in the photograph was built in 1897 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
Friday, 2 October 2009
It would be easy to get the impression from the photographs I normally feature that I live in a rural part of the country. But Huddersfield is in the midst of the West Riding conurbation and has a strong industrial heritage. This photograph was taken this morning and looks down on the town from the top of Castle Hill. I will return to the subject of Castle Hill tomorrow.