Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Back in the UK for another family reunion. This time we spend the long May bank holiday weekend at a farm house in Calke (pronounced Cork). Being so close we all made sure we visited the abbey. This Baroque mansion was built in 1701 but was never actually an abbey. It was owner by the Harper family for nearly 300 years. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. The grounds were expansive and well worth a visit. Inside much of the interior is in a variety of states of decay. This was surprising but still very interesting to see.

River Dove cascades

River Dove cascades

It’s been many years since I was last in Dovedale. Going with a few friends and making the day of it by climbing Thorpe Cloud. This visit was much shorter as we were stopping for a picnic lunch. We did cross the Dovedale stepping stones and walk up the River Dove for about half a mile. This little waterfall gave me a chance to experience with some long exposure effects. This was captured on my iPhone using the long exposure setting. Where the phone captures a short video. Then uses the multiple frames of the video to blend them together to give a long exposure effect. It’s worked well given I didn’t have the camera on a tripod.

Fountains in Piccadilly Gardens

Fountains in Piccadilly Gardens

Going into Manchester for lunch I noticed that the fountains were working again. This was taken after lunch when the fountains were actually on. Sadly it had clouded over. Before lunch I have a few photos of the same view with a lovely blue sky but not fountains. For whatever reason I’ve never taken a night photograph of these fountains. They would look even better close up with a very wide angle lens high up. Next time I’m in Manchester at night I’ll make sure I see if the fountains on and light up.

Winscales Moor Wind Farm

Winscales Moor Wind Farm

Driving along the A595 east of Workington it’s hard to miss this wind farm. It was about an hour before sunset in the middle of summer. I pulled over the car to get a few landscape photographs. Keeping the sun in the frame gives some flare but also silhouettes the wind turbines which I wanted. It was great to have sheep in the field in the foreground to give the image some scale. These turbines have a height of 81 metres. They produce enough electricity to power about 5000 homes.