Opened in 1992 the Metrolink carried over 31 million passenger journeys last year. In the distance the new bridge built after the 1996 Manchester bomb can be seen. Manchester’s regeneration has continued ever since the sad events of that day.
Saturday morning in Manchester’s financial district.
Captured last night from 29 x 3m30s exposures. One of those nights where everything went well from start to finish and the result was far better than I managed this time last year. The Leo Triplet is made up of the spiral galaxies M65, M66, and NGC3628 and is around 35 million light years away.
At last things are warming up.
Not strictly urban photography, but this wood is near enough to Manchester (in the grounds of Mottram Hall hotel) to count I think! Gently processed in Lightroom – the rays and lens flare are natural.
Over the years I have enjoyed traditional cream teas all over the country, but in the last couple of years I have been aware of a well regarded cafe on my own doorstep. Somehow I never seemed to get around to going, that is until yesterday. It turns out I’ve saved the best until last. To seemingly every last detail the Cafe at Stockport Plaza has been restored to the splendour of its opening day on 7th October 1932. White linen, traditionally dressed waiters, modest prices, and speciality teas – what a place! There can be little better anywhere for anyone who wants a “Brief Encounter” with the past.
Manchester Northern Quarter.
Signs of danger in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.
All things in a city are constantly ageing and being refreshed. I took this picture this weekend of the Chemistry building at Manchester University UMIST campus.
The problem with Deep Sky Astro photography is it can only be done on a cloudless night when there is little moonlight. Therefore over the years I have also enjoyed taking pictures around cities I have visited – which can be done more or less any time. Here is the first (hopefully of many) I’m adding to my blog. These “fountains” were only perhaps 3 or 4 inches high and I particularly liked the industrial backdrop.