Saturday, 20 March 2010

Monochrome Weekend: Down by the swing bridge

(Best viewed large)
I happened to be down by the Hirst Wood swing bridge, on the Leeds-Liverpool canal near Saltaire, just as a boat was passing through. There is not much traffic along the canal yet; it's only a week or so since the water was frozen solid. But there are a few hardy types who live permanently on their narrowboats; maybe these people do. They had a wood-burning stove going well, judging by the smoke curling from the chimney, and a good pile of logs on the roof to keep it burning.


I decided not to wait whilst they went down through the lock. When I set off from home the sun was shining, though without much warmth. By the time I reached this point, the clouds were gathering so I turned and headed back. Lucky I did, as I was just able to rescue my (almost dry) washing from the line before the heavens opened in a hailstorm.

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10 comments:

  1. You know, I've often dreamed of living on a narrowboat, and this picture is like a snapshot of that dream.

    Glad you managed to get your washing dry. Sounds like a close shave.

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  2. That's not only a good photo, it's a picture of a completely different way of life. The man looks totally at home.

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  3. Those narrowboats are so intriguing -- we were investigating the possibility of renting one for a week or so -- but that was before the economy turned on us...

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  4. Excellent portrait of life on a boat. I think it would be a very enjoyable life--in the summer!
    Thanks for visiting!

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  5. Looks like a nice spot in Summer to just hang around and wait for the photos to come.

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  6. You are a Mystery Picture winner jennyfreckles :o) Do come and collect your award!

    Great photo - black and white photography can be very effective, especially with scenes that are timeless.

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  7. Many years ago I took a canal boat holiday. I've winched open my share of locks. It was a pleasant holiday but so far I haven't managed to return for a repeat trip. It wasn't the Leeds-Liverpool but the Kennett-Avon I think.

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  8. That is a great photo...so much to see there.

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  9. It must be so nice to live in such a lovely place!

    Great mono post!

    Kisses from Nydia.

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  10. This image is so perfect in b&w. Very impactful. ~Lili

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