Day 7. Made in Bradford

We have now had day 7 of the Bradford Photo a Day organised by Hidden Bradford. See here for the first posting on this –

Today”s word (??) was “Made in Bradford”. I have seen some of the other photos that show that people have been creative and made things that they have then taken a photo of. Impressive.

For me it was enough to go out and take a photo of something that others in Bradford have made. I know Bradford is local but Baildon is even more local so I called in Pickles for a coffee this morning and had a look around for things made locally. I think Saltaire Brewery is reasonably local 😉 and it”s products are also tasty. Saltaire Brewery is actually closer to Baildon than it is to Saltaire. On foot is certainlay is. The border for Baildon (no passport required) is the river and the brewery is unfortunately just on the Shipley side.


Seeing these bottles on the shelf, almost sparkling with their golden tops, was tempting but instead I went upstairs and had an espresso, a glass of water, and read the photographic magazine I had bought across the road at Martin”s newsagent.

The photo above is the one I submitted for the Made in Bradford day. I wonder how much my thirst was adding to the appeal of the photo?

I also took a few other photos inside. One was of the contents of a cold cabinet with locally made produce. It was difficult to get a view where you could still see the contents without the reflections getting in the way too much.

Loacl quiche

Needless to say I explained to Louise what I wanted to do and asked for permission. Others asked me what I was doing and this trio asked me to take their photo with Julie”s camera. I also took one of my own, see below. Julie, on the left, lives in Australia but when she was younger she lived in Baildon and Louise”s mum used to look after her. She really seemed to be enjoying herself. I hope she will let me know if she would rather this photo did not appear here.

Julie from Australia

On the way out, by the door, I spotted this hose reel – it is a bit big to miss. This is another contender for Made in Bradford.

Bradford Hose

This is the outside of Pickles Deli with the roundabout looking colourful with all the spring flowers.


After taking these I went down to get a photo of Saltaire Brewery on Dockfield Road. From Baildon it is quite easy to get to on foot. A bridge goes over the river at the end of Lower Holme. You can also get down to the river bank from the drive that goes into Green”s Gym. I walked along the path by the river for a few yards and could see and hear Chiffchaff, Chafinch, Treecreeper, Great tit, Blue tit, Wren, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, Mallard and Goosander. I walked beyond the railway bridge for a few yards and looked up and down the river”s edges for the Black Bellied Dipper (very rare for Bradford) but no luck.

This is the photo of the brewery:


As usual you can click on any of the images to see larger versions of them on flickr.

Day 6. Tree

A bit of an overcast wet day today. Not the best of days to be venturing out looking at trees for day 6 of the Bradford Photo a Day where, you guessed it, the word is Tree.

See here for the first posting on this –

This was my submission for the day:-

Crack Willow

It is, I believe, a Crack Willow (Salix Fragilis). It is on the River Aire in Baildon. There are several along the river bank. And many of them have cracked and fallen. Along the river bank there are also trees that have gone to pieces:-

All cut up

Others that were half naked:-


Trees doing Yoga:-


There are also plastic bag trees in various stages of coverage:-Plastic bag trees

Over the years some of the big stone slabs that make parts of the path have been tipped into the river by tree roots –


Some trees have also got a bit messy from the high water we have after heavy rain –


Some trees have hidey holes –


Some have split to show their insides, that then look as though they are being hollowed out by insects and birds –


This tree, stripped of most of its bark lower down is probably going to stay bare –


Next time we have high water on the river I would not be surprised to see some of these floating away –

Lose wood

When I first ventured out for a tree photo I went down to Thompson Lane. The field there has what I thought was a single tree, on its own, that would make a good photo. It turns out that it is actually two trees and there was no where that I could get a shot with the sky behind the tree – too much around it. When you look at it it is very easy for the trees behind to be out of focus and ignored, but when taking a photo it is a different matter. The trees behind would not let the tree stand out. It is in this tree that I heard, and then managed to photograph, a Great Spotted Woodpecker at the beginning of March:-


When I got to the field at Thompson Lane I also went into the woods behind it for a few minutes. Again I heard and saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker. I didn’t get any shots of it because I had my small lens on the camera in preparation for taking photos of trees.


Day 5. Window

This is day 5 of the #bradfordphotoaday challenge and the word is window. See here for the start of it –

I have already had a photo of a reflected United Reform Church in a window, and the window was not the interest, come to that the reflection wasn’t much good either; the idea was there but not the light. 🙁

There are dozens of good windows around but what can I do today? I am 3 floors up on the canal side of Salt’s Mill. I have worked in the same area of the building for 13 years and I can’t remember the windows on the canal side being cleaned in all that time. I could take a photo of our windows to show what 13+ years of unwashed window looks like but it is surprisingly uninteresting. I suppose a pane of glass can only hold a certain amount of crap before it gets rinsed off by the wind and rain. If you ignore the muck on the windows then from my desk I actually have quite a nice view of Thompson Green and the Cricketers. This photo was taken from my desk at an angle of less than 90 deg to my right.

Thompson Green

And this one is through the window that is directly behind my monitors.


Those are the apartments across the other side of the canal at Riverside Court, behind New Mill. They get their windows cleaned a couple of times a year by people on a cherry pickers. Below is someone working on the windows at the fron to New Mill

Cherry picker

A few years ago a glass roofed area of Salt’s Mill (a later dye house addition) was removed and 2 floors taken out.

This is a photo of it before the work started. With the crumbling concrete water tank supports at the far end.


Several water tanks at the far end were also taken out. They were on top of an ugly, crumbling, reinforced concrete addition to the mill. This left a few holes in the wall that now provide nesting holes for birds – the best of which are the Kestrels.


As you can see I managed to put my camera through the window and get a few photos.

This year though there seem to be more Jackdaws around and the Kestrels keep being mobbed by them. I have also seen them in the hole that the Kestrels use for there nest. I hope they get themselves sorted for when the eggs get laid.

A big circular stone tower that held a water tank was removed, and the stair way. Some of it was done using rather large machines.

Big toys

Over the last couple of years Pace has been refurbishing its offices and it is a good idea to clean the windows as part of that. At least with the glass roof gone this is now possible but not necessarily sensible. Looking at the ladder in the photo below is it any wonder that the task was not completed! It was probably decided that the benefit was not worth the risk – that is a long way down.


I could enter ones like these as a window photo for the challenge but I think the one below, that I took in the evening may prove more interesting.

This is my entry for the Window topic:-

Balti House Window

This arched window is where John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, preached to a Baildon congregation that was out in the open. This was in 1876. At that time there were cottages on the other side of the road and not a car park.


Day 4. Statue

This is day 4 of the #bradfordphotoaday challenge and the word is Statue. See here for the start of it –

This morning the weather did not lend itself to happy snapping, but I wasn’t to know that things would be a lot better by the afternoon. A cold wind was blowing sleety rain into my right ear on the way along Thompson Lane. I had set off for work 2 minutes earlier than usual which then gave me 5 minutes to try for the obvious statue shot – well it would have done if I didn’t have to drag the wheelie bin out onto the footpath before setting off.

Before leaving for work, thinking that it would be most suitable, I put my 50mm lens on the camera; I didn’t want to be swapping lenses in the rain. I was taking my shoes with me in a small ruck-sack so I left my big back pack (the one I blogged about here) at home and used my small camera bag which is just big enough for the camera with 50mm lens fitted plus my 18-55mm and 55-250mm. I didn’t fancy using my camera in the rain so when I got to Robert’s Park I started taking shots from in the band-stand. I did think at one point that it would have been better with my wider 18-55mm lens but the larger aperture of the 50mm was an advantage because the light was not very bright. I didn’t like the composition of the shots from the bandstand so I went round the far side of the bandstand, away from Sir Titus, and took a few shots from there. I think that made the shots more interesting and you can see the results below. (As usual, click on the photo to see it on flickr) This is the one I submitted for the Day 4 Statue challenge. You can also see what caused all the fuss in the morning – Snow! Several people in IT did not make it in to work – but if you live out at Saddleworth, and work in Saltaire, what do you expect? They also had a power cut so he couldn’t, truthfully, say he was working from home.

Sir Titus

It was difficult to believe that it was only last Wednesday when I went into Bradford and took the photos, from Forster Square station, of the Kestrels, and spent some time in the Media Museum and Citypark in bright, hot, sunshine. I knew it had been reasonably sunny but, as often happens; it was at dinner time that I realised just how hot and sunny it had been. Several times a year the quiet of the dining table finally allows me to notice that my face is hotter and redder than usual – or is it because it needs that length of time for the sun burn to finally make itself noticed?

In the morning I had thought that I would not get a better statue shot than Sir Titus in the snow, but then I noticed our terracotta soldier in the Hub, our canteen. He is so much part of the furniture that I had forgotten about him. But then he doesn’t make a fuss. So before setting off for home I decided to take a photo of him – too late for the #bradfordphotoaday because I had already submitted my Sit Titus. Here he is with a copy of Pace Setter. On the back cover, top left, you can just see one of my photos of a Little Owl.

Terracotta Warrior

Between the feet of the warrior is a plaque which reads:-

Qin Shi Huang unified China and undertook some gigantic
logistics projects, most notably building the
Great Wall of China, a massive national road system
and a city protected by a life-sized Terracotta Army.

Uniserve are proud to present a replica Terracotta Warrior
to Pace plc to commemorate our partnershop and the
logistices service we provide from China and the rest of the world

April Bradford Photo A Day – now on day 3

I have had thoughts about more disciplined attempts at photography and still have a couple of ideas that I might go for but this April is going to see an attempt to take a photo each day that in some way is related to the word from the @hiddenbradford #bradfordphotoaday challenge.

Day 1. Digital. For this one I went into Bradford to see if anything at the Life On-line exhibition at the Media Museum took my fancy. I also wanted to go to the exhibition again to prove that I was foolish in not liking it. I liked my second visit quite a bit – and so blogged. My first blog about Open Sauce still stands though.

I did not see anything I wanted to photograph for #bradforphotoaday digital day so I used a photo taken on Forster Square station.


I did this carefully as I did not want to get asked to move on as happened on Wednesday. Which is something I blogged about here. Which reminds me – I have yet to hear from the person in York that I asked about the official company guidlines.

Day 2. Up. That is not an easy word to take a photo of, or is it too easy? The sky is up. Anyway, for this one I tried to be looking up as I was walking around. My lunch-time walk, instead of looking for Kingfishers on the river, was a short walk to the car park of Salt’s Mill and back. The obvious thing that was up in the air was the chimney so I got a few shots of that. I also took some photos of cars going up Carr Lane that look as though they are up in the Shipley clock tower but they don’t really work.

The cycles suspended from the ceiling of All Terrain Cycles was a bit more interesting and different so one of those won the coverted privilege of being my day 2 submission.


Click on the image above to see the others that did not make it “Up”.

On the way home from work I decided to take a couple of different views, that could qualify for Up, of the United Reform Church – different for me anyway, I am sure many have done the same in the past.

United Reform

Click on the image to see 2 others of the church.

Day 3. Reflection. I had a few ideas for this one. I would have loved to get a few colleagues to rearrange their computer monitors and pose for me but a) I am not sure what the company would think of me doing that and b) I am no good with real, live people as my subjects. I therefore fell back on reflections. At lunch-time I did go looking for reflections in the canal and river but the weather was not co-operating.

However, on the river I did spot a Mandarin Duck. One of these had been around for a few years. But last year it was noticeable by its absence. This year we have an American Wood Duck to go with it. Below is the Mandarin. Click on the image to see it on flickr and its distant American Wood Duck cousin.

Mandarin Duck

In the past I have had some great reflections on the river and will be taking more in the future. Below is an amusing reflection that I managed to get during one of my lunch-time walks. Again, click on the image to see it on flickr and see the full image that this was cropped from.


For this day’s challenge I had to rely on shiny glass or plastic for my Reflection photos.


So the image above is the one I have submitted for the challenge. I have tried this shot before; the last time was in the evening. Click on the image above to see the other Reflection contenders.

This one, below, is the previous reflected Salt’s Mill photo


Below are the words for the rest of the month. I have now been back to this and added links to each of the postings for each day.

Day 4. Statue.
Day 5. Window.
Day 6. Tree.
Day 7. Made in Bradford
Day 8. Egg
Day 9. Transport.
Day 10. Door.
Day 11. Green.
Day 12. Station.
Day 13. Heritage.

Life On-Line, 2nd visit, a re-think

I have now been to see the Life On-line exhibition at the Media Museum twice. The first time was to have a look at what it was saying about open source. I looked round the ground floor and the 7th floor and as a result blogged about Open Sauce. I was also putting together a blog about the rest of the Life On-line exhibition where I noticed that I was saying a lot about my understanding of the development of the internet that fitted with what I thought was the brief/blurb I had read about the exhibition. Why did the blurb whet my appetite but the exhibition not seem to fit the blurb? I know I did not look at everything but had I got it so wrong. Apparently I had.

My second visit was for 2 reasons

  1. I was on a quest for a photo that I could put under the heading of Digital for the Hidden Bradford BradfordPhotoADay exercise and
  2. to see whether I was right to write my blog.

I did not take any photos at the Media Museum but on the way in I did take a photo at Forster Square station that I posted for the Bradford Photo a Day. This time I went into the station building to let them know that I would be taking a couple of quick photos and not using a tripod. I thought this best since I had been asked to move on last time I was there. A situation I blogged about.

During my 2nd visit to the Media Museum I spent some time looking at the things I did not read on my first visit. I soon realised that I could delete most, if not all of what I had been writing. So I am now doing this one instead.

How had I managed, on the first visit, to only see the things I was not interested in? There were sections on ArpaNet, TCP/IP, IP addresses, DNS servers, with a graphical game to show how a network can be resilient. Explanations of what issue each new idea was addresssing. Videos done by the people who were involved in, or responsible for, each of the developemnts.

All good stuff.

The bits I was not interested in were the glass floor of hardware and the pile of reducing size/increasing performance modems, but many seemed thrilled to see them.

What I find exciting about the whole history is the way new ideas were tried and made to work. It is more about the people, their ideas and how they got others involved and got them working rather than the hardware that they used to achieve it.

I believe that in many situations the success or failure of whatever is involved is often dependant on the people involved and their ability to communicate. If anyone wants something to be a success the mantra should be communication, communication, communication – with a shed load of persistence (in the communication efforts) thrown in for good measure.

Perhaps I now need to visit the 7th floor again to read some more about open source – but then I might have to withdraw/re-write my Open Sauce blog.