Mabon in Manchester – The Post Nobody will Read

Yesterday was Mabon, the autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere, as the weather was fair it seemed sensible to get out with the camera and capture some scenes of autumn in Manchester. To keep the post relevant it needs publishly quickly, meaning posting on Sunday, which apparently contravenes traditional publishing advice. The reason; few people read websites at the weekend, hence this is the post that won’t get read.

The wooded greenbelt area of Salford near Manchester at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Mabon Northern England style

The northern city of Manchester also appearing in the title is possibly not sexy enough to attract many people. Nevermind, the pictures from the few hours spent out in the green belt of Salford, near the Northern city actually turned out quite special and I’ll enjoy looking back at them for sometime.

Autumn has not yet fully spread its  multi-hued cloak over the city and surrounding area. It’s effect at present is minimal but the sunset provided some stunning colour of its own and the mix of semi-rural and residential landscape enabled some interesting images for capture.

A bridge over the river in woodland near Manchester at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Unexpected beauty in Salford

This Greenbelt area is a little haven of peace and beauty within a poorer area of the city in need of redevelopment. It is surprisingly attractive and an area where the residents can go to walk their dogs, exercise and escape the grime of the streets. The beauty is not appreciated by all the locals however, some of the local ‘gangs‘ of youths use it to race their motorbikes, churning up the paths and turning them to muddy tracks. Drug users and drinkers appreciate the solitude as they can often be witnessed lighting a fire and sharing their pleasures.

Fortunately these are generally minor distractions which can easily be ignored within the relatively large area of suburban woodland. Though it is possible some still feel intimidated by their presence, and avoid the woods which is a shame. These activities maybe described as anti-social but the perpetrators do seem to keep to themselves, probably not wishing to attract attention of the authorities to their own sanctuary.

Suburban woodland bridge in Manchester, northern city in the United Kingdom at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Suburban woodland

It is relatively easy to avoid any potential confrontation, they are usually quite vocal and bypassing them is rarely difficult. Greenbelt areas must be available to all members of the community, hopefully most people remain comfortable enough to enjoy this particular woodland area.

The pleasant autumnal evening with a cloud filled sky providing a ‘mirror‘ to reflect the hues of sunset in spectacular fashion, lighting up the sky with reds, oranges and yellows. Today the scenery was the greatest attraction.  These conditions give the sky a much more dramatic and interesting appearance, sunsets are nearly always pretty but a few scattered clouds can make them appear incredible.

Spectacular skies in Manchester, northern city in the United Kingdom at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Spectacular colour in Salford

The riverside woodlands are an attractive area anytime but get transformed in autumn. Even in early in the season as the first shades of autumn begin to change the landscape it is quite stunning. There is a footbridge and some residential tower blocks which give the area some character and provide further opportunities for interesting photography.

On this particular evening I was especially fortunate to have a flock of Canada geese fly overhead. The original formation flyers long before airshow favourites like the ‘Red Arrows’ could possibly be conceived. Early migrants that are now leaving our shores for their winter residences, though apparently half the population will stay in the United Kingdom.

Geese heading home for winter in the sunset sky over Manchester, in northern England at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Fly away home

It was the bridge however that captured my imagination. An old worn footbridge, which appears well beyond its best, in serious need of a lick of paint and some tender loving care. However this just gives it a little character and against the setting sun and changing woodland it has a special charm. The peeling paint makes it appear like a low rainbow spanning the river at dusk, it was strangely captivating.

Finding hidden gems like this suburban woodland is one of the many joys of local exploration, they are well worth discovering and can help “Make everyday an Adventure“.

It was an enjoyable few hours spent in this woodland area of Salford near Manchester and I promise to share a little more from the cities as autumn and possibly even winter begin to show their true colours. Regardless of whether anybody actually reads them at least it’ll give me an excuse to get out and explore my neighbourhood somemore.

The old footbridge over the river in greenbelt Salford, Manchester, in northern England at the autumn Equinox on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

An urban rainbow

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      Iain

      Thank you Rachel, I’m not a big one for following wisdom, conventional or otherwise 😉 Your comment alone makes it worth posting, I’m glasd you liked the pics.

  1. Rachel

    Good thing I don’t care about conventional publishing wisdom and clicked anyway. 😉

    Beautiful photos which capture a gorgeous evening. I spent Mabon with some Mancunian friends in the Yorkshire Dales, another stunning part of the country and had a fantastic day. Happy autumn!

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      Iain

      I usually throw convention and even wisdom into the wind Rachel thank you for doing the same 😉 I’m glad you liked the post and that you enjoyed a great time in the Yorkshire Dales. Its been awhile since I was last there and miss a certain pub high in the dales.

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      Iain

      Thanks Jim, I was quite lucky getting that particular shot, busily snapping away when suddenly heard the birds overhead, didin’t really have time to change any settings before they were right above me. I’m quite pleased with it too. Glad I was informative too 🙂

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      Iain

      Hi James, I’m glad you liked them. Yes please take your own advice and get out in your local area so much out here we miss. Of course I would appreciate the sharing, thank you.

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      Iain

      Thank you for the sharing and very kind comments Jess, I’m glad you liked it. Your comments brought some sunshine into a very wet, miserable day here in Manchester today.

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  2. Alexia

    Extremely captivating, showing the change of the season. I hope a lot more do visit to see and are inspired to take their own photographs.

    Earlier this year I managed to take photos of the skyline above my village that had turned flame red with the setting sun. To often people walk around blinkered in their own world of thought and miss the glory of nature at its best.

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      Iain

      Thank you Alexia, I was also very pleased with the results from a few hours at sundown. That image sounds really impressive it would be great to see it.

      Not enough of us trun our cameras on the local landscape, our sites have many beautiful images of exotic locations when there are some equally impressive ones on our own doorsteps.

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