Winter in Manchester – Doorstep Surprises

Is there anybody that doesn’t love a pleasant surprise? An early morning start in the winter landscape of suburban Manchester recently provided some unexpectedly pleasing photographic surprises.

Greenbelt woodland in Salford, Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-38_salford_winter

Winter but not a wonderland ….. yet

The forecast had been for extremely low temperatures and a morning ground frost so an early visit to the local woods seemed a worthwhile prospect. The parked cars in the street showed initial promise too, glistening in a dusting of overnight frost all seemed perfect for some great winter images.

Greenbelt woodland in Salford, Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-56_winter_scene

Appearance of warmth in the cold

However arriving at the woods things did not seem so hopeful. The ground frost was not as widespread as anticipated and only the wispiest strands of mist were drifting low along the river.

Being already there, a little perseverance seemed the way to go, after all there might as well be some reason for my freezing breath and fingers. This may explain any lack of focus in the images, my suffering for the sake of art.

Riverside benches in a Salford woodland, Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography

Cold seating by the river

The scene did not resemble the winter wonderland hoped for but walking along the riverbank as the sun began to rise it did begin to look more picturesque. Bathing the landscape in a warm auburn glow, the higher branches of the trees and even the urban scenes seemed to soften in rich hues almost golden or terracotta in appearance. The sun was becoming an ally in the search for photographic excellence.

There were further surprises waiting discovery, an abandoned motorbike with a sugar-coated frosting lay on its side, a symbol of modern-day urbanity providing welcome variety to the rural appearance. Sunrise over an aging footbridge painted another spectacular scene, the darkness of the sky slowly receding against the bright light of dawn contrasted pleasingly with the peeling paint of the rusting metal span.

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An artistic abandoned motorbike

Heading back home, I disturbed a resting heron, it immediately took flight and a couple of snatched shots as it flew low along the opposite bank tested my reactions and camera settings. It hadn’t been expected but just seeing the magnificent bird stretch it’s wings made the early start and uncomfortable chill worth it.

Footbridge over the river in suburban Salford woodland, of greenbelt Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-40_suburban_bridge

Bridge to winter dawn

Enjoying the first coffee of the day, while editing the images, was particularly appreciated. I was soon equally happy with them, with a few tweaks, adjusting the contrast, bringing out the colour and sharpening the RAW files, completing an impressive transformation. An initially unpromising morning provided some pleasing results. revealing an unexpected winter wonderland.

Heron flying the river in suburban Salford woodland, of greenbelt Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-57_heron_inflight

An unexpected capture

Bridge over the river in suburban Salford woodland, of greenbelt Manchester in the United Kingdom on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-39_winter_scene

Beginning to look a lot like winter

It seems likely that many a photographers ‘once in a lifetime’ or iconic shot has been the result of curiosity in their local area and sheer stubborn perseverance. While these aren’t that spectacular, they’re pleasing none the less.

The river at dawn in suburban Salford woodland, of greenbelt Manchester on Mallory on Travel adventure photography Iain Mallory-300-47_winter_river

An early morning dog walk

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      Iain

      Thank you Ruth, winter photography in Finland must be amazing so many cool opportunities. It means so much that you appreciate these therefore.

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