Out of the Blue

The weather has been beautiful here over the last couple of days. Warm for this time of year and clear blue, cloudless skies. There was nothing for it but to get out and about with my camera.

The photo left is my favourite. It is a duck mobile sculpture at Lower Wharf Street, by the canal in Ashton. It is at the spot where the last donkey stones were made, as mentioned in my L is for Lions post last week. These days it is a spot for mooring the Tameside Sea Cadets barge.

I also took some photos around some of the factories in the area. There is something photogenic about industry, particularly when there is a contrast between shiny new plant and old brickwork and rusty metal.

The problem is that you can’t get up close without climbing over the factory wall. Apart from risking arrest or a  mauling from a guard dog, there are other security measures to put you off. This probably explains my obsession with barbed and razor wire like the photo right.

In fact, it’s more because of the way it silhouettes against the blue sky, a sort of beauty and the beast if that isn’t being too pretentious.

I don’t use any fancy equipment to take my photos, just a Canon Ixus 70 compact camera, a birthday present from Mrs P four years ago. It does the job for me though, not having too many complicated settings to think about.

I’ve posted more of my photos on my Flikr photostream and as the sun is still shining and the sky is still blue, it’s time to get out and take some more.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

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