Penistone visit

I had reason to go to Penistone recently, my first ever visit. As usual I took my camera and I have uploaded a few photos to flickr. You can click on the images below to see them in full resolution on flickr.

One of the interesting buildings in Penistone is the market barn.
Penistone Oak market barn
Designed and built by a company called Carpenter Oak  of Totnes, Devon. This plaque is quite high up on the building near one of the entrances.
Carpenter Oak Ltd
Nicholas Saunderson FRS was born nearby in Thurlstone in 1682
Nicholas Saunderson
and a small area for wildlife has been dedicated to him
Nicholas Saunderson area
Walking along a path near the Penistone station I spotted this caterpillar inching across. I don’t remember seeing one of these before. It just shows what a difference it can make going a few miles out of my “normal” area. It is the caterpillar from a Pale Tussock moth.
Pale Tussock caterpillar
Pale Tussock caterpillar
Pale Tussock caterpillar

Private Fishing

The sign is still being eaten.

This sign has been on the tree for a few years now. I don’t know what caused it to start to be devoured by the tree but it is a very slow process.

The tree, and sign, can be seen from the North end of the footbridge over the River Aire at Robert’s Park, Saltaire.

As usual you can click on the image to see it larger on Flickr.

Private Fishing

The tree is close to where an Archimedes Screw generator is planned and may be felled in the not too distant future so I thought I would get another shot of it, though I must admit to not having followed the progress of the planning application so it might be there for a few years yet. I hope the generator goes ahead.   I have taken other photos of the same sign over a number of years. This one from March 2011. Fishing signs, Saltaire 

And another from March  

New sign

This one from just a few months earlier in January 2011 before the second sign was put up.

Private Fishing sign

And this one in August 2002

Private Fishing sign

Links to G+

Posts that I make to this site are supposed to also create entries in Facebook, Twitter and G+.

The links to Facebook and Twitter have been working for the last few postings but the G+ entries have only been visible to me, which isn’t much use. I have now tweaked the settings in G+ and hopefully this post, which is just a test, will appear in my G+ list.

Birds in Harold Park, Bradford

Though a lot of my time is spent playing Ingress I still often take my camera with me and I was pleased I had done when I went to Harold Park in Bradford.

This particular visit to the “portals” of Harold Park was on 9 May 2015. Yep! It has taken me quite a while to get around to posting them.

There were lots of Swallows flying over the surface of the water so I sat on the edge and watched them for a while and did my best to get some photos of them. It was not easy.

Swallows in Harold Park, Bradford

The sky was grey and overcast (it is raining in the last shot) so the birds were black against the water. This is 4 flying over the water. There were occasions of more flying along and it was good to watch.

Swallows in Harold Park, Bradford

There were ducks, swans and geese on the water and these two swans are rather out of focus as I tried to follow the Swallow flying past them.

Swallows in Harold Park, Bradford  Watching them swoop and swirl was great.   Swallows in Harold Park, Bradford

This is three shots put together of a Swallow flying along and picking an insect off the water. The agility of the birds is quite amazing.

Swallows in Harold Park, BradfordThis Coot went off to the edge of the water and pulled at some plants and then paddled back to the little island in the middle of the water and gave it to the one sitting on the nest. Cute Coots. Coots nest tending in Harold Park, Bradford

Robert’s Park and Leeds/Liverpool Canal

Apologies for it being so long again since I posted anything. Here are some photos from early June. As usual you can click on the image to view it full size on flickr.

Most mornings on the way to work I walk through Robert’s Park instead of walking round the edges of it.

The light in the mornings can shine off the cricket pavilion quite brightly. This was taken on the morning of 8 June 2015.

PM7_2732I often have a walk through the park at lunch time too. There are several things from the Spring/Summer that I have seen and heard in Robert’s Park. For example a squirrel’s drey, no photo, and lots of Nuthatch. They have been very noisy. But this is one of the birds that is easy to spot. A Robin posed nicely on a tree stump on the morning of 10 June 2015. PM7_2743

The morning sun was also catching this Grey Heron on the weir at Saltaire.


The weir was particularly frothy on this morning.


At lunchtime on 10 June I walked down the Leeds Liverpool canal hoping to improve on my Sparrow/Mayfly photo (next year perhaps) and met this character stalking along the canal side.


I wouldn’t like to be stabbed by that beak, it looks quite sharp and mean. But how do they get the fish down that throat? It only looks big enough for tiddlers.


And for those wanting to know what Sparrow/Mayfly photo I want to improve on – it’s this one. It might take me a while to get a better one than this but I will keep trying.

May Fly Sparrow, Leeds Liverpool Canal