The Glade of Light – Manchester

The Glade of Light is a memorial garden in the city centre of Manchester. It commemorates the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing of 2017. Opened in January 2022, the stone centrepiece is inscribed with the names of the 22 victims. Behind the garden is the Manchester Cathedral. I was there on one of the first days it was opened to the public so it was impossible to get a photograph without people in it. In this case it adds to the picture to have people in the photograph.

Peel Monument in Ramsbottom

One of my favourite walks recently was the short walk up Holcombe Hill. Maybe it was the company that day, or the great weather. From in front of the Peel Monument we could clearly see the skyline of Manchester city centre a good few miles south of here. Ramsbotton is a very picturesque place to visit and I look forward to spending more time there in future. Peel Monument is a memorial tower to Sir Robert Peel, a Prime Minister of the UK in the mid 19th century.

Moorings Pub Worsley

Heading west along the Bridgewater canal we came to the Moorings Pub in Worsley. On a day out on my uncle’s canal barge we got many great views as we traveled from Sale to RHS Garden Bridgewater. This was the furtherest down the canal we travelled, our turning point was the Boothstown Basin here in front of the Bridgewater marina off camera to the right. This day we had a picnic lunch with us. Next time hopefully we can go into the Moorings for a pint or a meal.

Manchester Central Library at Christmas

This is the main entrance to Manchester’s Central Library. In front are some of the 2019 Christmas lights. In particular the bee on the right is a symbol of the city. Back in November I was in Manchester for a few short days. Whilst I wasn’t there for photography, I did find myself in the city centre one evening. This was taken on a tripod from a distance to capture the whole building and the lights. With the hundreds of people around taking their own photographs. I ended up merging three different images here to remove the people. Luckily I had the camera on a tripod otherwise this wouldn’t have been possible.