Just three miles south from the summit of The Nuns Veil mountain we touched down on the snow. Stepping out of the chopper into a foot of fresh show was increabile. From this viewpoint we had great views looking across at Tasman Lake and Mount Cook on the other side of the valley. Until recently I had never been in a helicopter and it was a fantastic experience. It was like being in a small plane that moved more like a roller coaster.
Here we can see the snow covered tow path and frozen canal leading your eye to the Packet House at the end of the Bridgewater Canal. The canal runs from here to Runcorn and then into the Manchester Ship Canal. I often make the mistake with my photos of shooting too wide a view. In this case I think quite the opposite. I have close-ups of the Packet House that I published earlier, but in this photograph I think that the area around the Bridgewater Canal at Worsley is shown in the right amount of detail.
Frozen canals always intrigue me and make me want to jump on the ice. It looks as though the canal boats are imprisoned. This photograph shows an alternative view of the bridge over the Bridgewater Canal which I published a few days ago. If you look closely you should be able to make out a fellow photographer on the bridge taking a photograph of the famous Packet House (and me). You’ll have to wait till tomorrow to see the view he had from the bridge!
This is the footbridge over the Bridgwater Canal in Worsley, down the road from where I am living. Parking the car on the main road I had to make my way over this snow covered bridge in order to capture yesterday’s image of the Packet House. The compacted snow made it very difficult to get over even in my big walking boots. The way that the light was falling on the iron railings seemed to form an interesting and photograph worthy pattern, especially when combined with those little clumps of snow.
This month has seen one of the heaviest snow falls in the UK and with snow come photographic opportunities. However, until yesterday I hadn’t had the opportunity to get out with my camera. In my opinion the Packet House in Worsley was always crying out for that extra special element when I photographed it back in the summer. The frozen canal in the foreground and snow topped roof really give it an extra sparkle.