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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.