A Walk Around Montreal

Looking Up
Looking Up

In November 2016 I had a couple of days in Montreal for work. I got away for a few hours to have a look around. To get lost in the city and find some of the atmosphere of the place. I found the people friendly and the city a pleasure to walk around. So I would recommend it for a visit if you are passing.

Blue skies and cityscapes.
Blue skies and city-scapes.
Old and new together.
Old and new together.
City streets.
City streets.
Light.
Light.
Sun setting as clouds drift in.
Sun setting as clouds drift in.
Street scene.
Street scene.
Street sculpture.
Street sculpture.
Reflections and sky.
Reflections and sky.
Old Port train tracks.
Old Port train tracks.
Everywhere you go!
Everywhere you go!
Old Town.
Old Town.
Monument Life.
Monument Life.
Indoor calm.
Indoor calm.
Nightfall in the city.
Nightfall in the city.
Artists in the windows.
Artists in the windows.
Night Streetlights.
Night Streetlights.
For my next trip.
For my next trip.

Lots to see I know, and as I headed out of the city towards Toronto and my next stop, I sat amazed at the distance travelled in such a short time. The technology that we just expect to keep improving and working for us. We should remember though to slow down too, to see the sky above us and the world around us. Otherwise what are we doing?

Enjoy the sights around you and take some time to look at things with a visitors eyes for a while. You will see your home a bit differently.


Fragments

We keep the words clear,
from the edges of the page.
To hold them back somehow,
to create the margins we need
to survive.

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Hollins Hill, Leeds

Over the Valley
Over the Valley

Views from where I am staying. On a course, learning new things but away from home for too long this time of year. A nice walk around the grounds and the chance to take pictures, back in time for Christmas but the shopping for presents has suffered and it will be difficult.

Grassy Path.
Grassy Path.
A Setting Sun.
A Setting Sun.
Across the Greenway.
Across the Greenway.
Night Across The Valley
Night Across The Valley

Not too many but just something for you to look at as we head towards the New Year. And with that in mind, I hope it will be the best of times for everyone.

Plymouth Hoe

Smeaton's Tower
Smeaton’s Tower

A few weekends ago we had a slow stroll along Plymouth Hoe, enjoying the sunset and family. Just some pictures to conjure the line between land, sea and sky.

At Anchor.
At Anchor.
Single Cloud.
Single Cloud.
Lowering Sun
Lowering Sun
A Gap.
A Gap.
On the Edge.
On the Edge.
Black and White
Black and White
Square Detail.
Square Detail.
Crepuscular
Crepuscular
Looking to the Future.
Looking to the Future.

Although cold, taking time, a drink and a walk. Going slow should be something we all try to do, as often as possible. You’d be surprised how much it helps with the busy times. Enjoy the season, and take care whatever the weather.

Trelissick House

Who doesn't have a tower in their back garden?
Who doesn’t have a tower in their back garden?

Working away so I found a nice little house and garden to stroll around.

Just a glimpse.
Just a glimpse.
Looking at the house, not the view.
Looking at the house, not the view.
Looking at the view not the house.
Looking at the view not the house.
Portrait of the trees.
Portrait of the trees.

The woodland is still looking greener than back home, a little further South and so holds a little more warmth.

Green detail.
Green detail.
Illumination.
Illumination.
House detail. A work in progress.
House detail. A work in progress.
Why the house was built.
Why the house was built.

The whole house was designed to take advantage of the views over the River Fal Estuary, and does its job extremely well. With views from all rooms looking over the gardens or the estuary, and strategic gaps and high places created to take advantage of the best viewpoints, it carries out the task in hand to maximum effect.

Finally, go out and enjoy the change to Autumn and Winter, feel the season turn and let the year wind down with you so you get to relax into the future. It’s going to arrive anyway so you might as well enjoy it.

Northern Sunset

Drifting towards the horizon.
Drifting towards the horizon.

A week up in the North of England, an evening stroll and a camera. Just a few shots from this set, all the time I have to get them ready. Tomorrow I head home, always a good direction to head in. At the end of this post, as it’s National Poetry Day, I have a short piece for you to read, let me know what you think.

Blue sunset.
Blue sunset.

It is always amazing how much things can change over a few minutes from oranges to blues and deepening into grey and black.

Black and White Sunset.
Black and White Sunset.

For National Poetry Day.

Being Somewhere

Being displaced, different,
     away.
I am North, an unknown.
I am a stranger.

Every word is a dislocation,
     an admission,
I am not of here,
of hills and dark walls,
of strange names.

Each night I sleep, wait
     for the sun,
wait for my shadow to fall
behind me. To wait for one day.
     To wake,
       and I am home.

Crawley Hill

Sunrise
Sunrise

Early on a Thursday morning I met with another photographer friend near Stroud for an early morning sunrise shoot on Crawley Hill. This is his neck of the woods so he chose the locations and led me round the places to see. I think it was a success, but that’s down to you the viewers really to decide, let me know what you think.

Low Horizon.
Low Horizon.
The Valley Gets Some Sun.
The Valley Gets Some Sun.

The hill itself is an old hill fort, and walking around the summit you can see why it was chosen, with great views all around, I can imagine in its day, with the trees cleared and possibly a wooden palisade surrounding it, it would be very imposing.

My kit, as the sun strikes the top of the hill.
My kit, as the sun strikes the top of the hill.
Morning Dew.
Morning Dew.
Sleepy Village.
Sleepy Village.
Sleepy Village, the long view.
Sleepy Village, the long view.
Mist Rising.
Mist Rising.
Nestled in the Trees.
Nestled in the Trees.
Misty Valley Village.
Misty Valley Village.

From the high view here we dropped down to the canalside, the quintessential English view as we strolled along after breakfast, thanks Keith :-). That’s where we’ll go next on our trip, so keep watching. And remember to enjoy the sights as the season turns to Autumn and the days shorten towards winter, my favourite time of year.

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