At the beginning of the month I was fortunate enough to enjoy a relaxing week staying at this four star hotel in the south of Sardinia. As you can see, we had beautiful weather and a great pool. The hotel is only a hundred yards or so from the beach, so I hardly saw anyone in the pool. I keep looking a the above photograph thinking how lucky I was to get the chance to stay at such a nice place. I would definitely recommend the hotel for anyone wanting a holiday to get away from it all and find some sun.
The world’s first hydraulic electric “power station”; the world’s first installation of electric lighting; Europe’s largest rock garden and the countries largest tree can all be found at Cragside. The country house is just outside of Rothbury in Northumberland and was the home of Lord Armstrong. I did explore the area around the house and gardens but my favourite photograph from Cragside is the picture above. There are two large lakes, South and North Nelly Moss. North Nelly Moss Lake is the smaller of the two but in my opinion its more picturesque. I had to run to get this photograph as we were in a hurry due to a thunder storm rolling toward the house, if I had thought more about this photograph I would have throw a small rock or peddle into the still water to give a rippled effect, this simple touch makes a more interesting picture in a lot of respects.
This will probably be the last photo I have to show you from last weeks Castlefield trip. I have been past this spherical sculpture outside the Museum of Science and Industry dozens of times but tonight whilst taking photographs all around Castlefield I came up with the idea of a self portrait in the reflection of the sphere. I had my camera on the tripod and the went up close with a wireless remote in hand (hence my left hand isn’t spread). Because of the curve of the sculpture and the way it reflects the light it looks like I have something on my head and very wavy arms but that is why I wanted to share this image with you.
This is the second photograph I took last night on my evening adventure around Castlefield. I was able to explore various parts of Castlefield that I had not been to before and this was taken from one of them. I was stood behind the Youth Hostel looking down the canal to the bridge. If you’re wondering what is framing this photograph, it is a railway viaduct that takes the Metrolink trams from Altrincham and Eccles into the city centre. The three photographers to the right of the bridge are fellow members of Sale Photographic Society, we were all out taking shoots of the area for an up and coming competition. The two buildings behind the white foot bridge are old converted warehouses, the one off to the right is now the studios for Magic FM and Key 103 radio stations. I am not sure what the building in the middle is but I am guessing it is offices.