Winter light on the Peak Forest canal

It’s all about the light It seems to me photography is nothing else if not about the light. It also seems to me that light is the single and most fundamental ‘component’ when taking a photograph. No light and there’s no picture. The importance of light is brought home to me every day I walk […]

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Winter walks along the river Tame

Always the same and always different As much as there is to be said about walking in different places and in taking different routes, I would have to say, that one of the things I have enjoyed over the years is taking a familiar route along the river and canal on a regular basis and […]

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Grey Squirrels – a common sight some pictures and facts.

Squirrel Time Of all the wildlife I see when I walk in the Tame Valley there is probably no mammal as abundant and as visible as the Grey Squirrel. Of course, you don’t need to walk along the riverside or in woodland to catch sight of the common squirrel, they can be found in gardens […]

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Autumn walk – Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG Macro HSM lens

Getting used to a new lens Earlier this year I added a new lens to my kit bag. The rather snappily titled Sigma 105mm F2.8 X DG Macro OS HSM. It was September when I bought the lens and since then I have written a couple of posts (including pictures), and which you can check […]

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The Ashton canal – an urban walkway

The Ashton canal – an urban walkway The Ashton canal is a short stretch of waterway that runs for a little less than seven miles and links Manchester city centre with Ashton-under-Lyne. We decided to have a walk on this canal simply for a change and to get a taste of a more urban route […]

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Autumn days … but winter is on the way

Winter is on the way The morning clouds look heavy, the sky looks grey and the steady sound of raindrops gusting onto the window don’t make me feel like venturing outside just yet. Today has got a wintery feel to it, although in practice It will actually be another four or five weeks before the […]

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The Grey Heron – capable fish catcher. Part 5

Part five of the heron watch This is the last of the blog post of this weeks ‘heron watch’ series.  You can go to Part 1 at this link and you will find links to the other daily posts from there. What has been proved without doubt is the grey reron really is capable when […]

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The Grey Heron – capable fish catcher. Part 4

Competent fishing Day 4 of my week of watching the Grey Herons fishing on the Peak Forest canal was rewarded with some decent results as the heron plucked out a number of fish in quick succession. In keeping with most of the herons we see this chap was feeding alone and wading with great stealth […]

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The Grey Heron – capable fish catcher. Part 2

Heron Fishing watch – Part 2 Following on from Part 1 of this weeks Grey Heron watch, Part 2 features a sequence of pictures of the Grey Heron catching an early breakfast offering. This catch wasn’t quite as routine as most … as the heron brought the fish to the surface and out of the […]

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The Grey Heron – capable fish catcher. Part 1

Frequent fishers I have posted before about the Grey Herons that we regularly see on our local waterways. We never tire of seeing these big birds, and realistically Herons are probably the biggest birds that most of us in England will get to see on a regular basis. It’s only recently that we have been […]

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