Monday, 14 January 2013

14. Green oasis


Although Saltaire was a functional and industrial township, and in the early days would have been smoky and more polluted than it is now (though nothing compared to the city of Bradford itself), it was built on a greenfield site. The river, open parkland, allotments and the canal at its heart meant - and still means - plenty of green space, enjoyed by generations of the village's residents - and these days by plenty of visitors too.  This is my favourite stretch of the canal, in the heart of Saltaire alongside the church. The shot was taken several years ago.... Now you can't see this unspoilt view because of the ice-cream boat that moors here for much of the year, though many seem to consider that an asset. (It sells ice-cream, it's not made of the stuff!)  See here.

8 comments:

  1. Those walkers along the tow path give a relaxed feel to the place. I would love to do that. I'm glad the forefathers kept these green spaces. Pity about the ice cream man.

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  2. A gorgeous capture .... reminds me of a Constable painting.

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  3. A very picturesque and serene post, Jenni.

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  4. The ice cream vote sound nice, but often I wish I could move stuff like that out of the picture! What a picture perfect place!

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  5. My definition of 'bucolic'

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  6. Agree with the Constable comment - lovely shot!

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  7. Constable or any great romantic painter! How beautyful!

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