Try as they might, landscape architects and interior designers couldn’t come up with anything as eye-catching as these leaves wrapped around a tree.
Taken, of course, in Calderstones Park, Liverpool – early morning walk today – prior to the deluge!
What’s Manchester got to offer the photographer from a multi-storey car park on the edge of the city’s Northern Quarter? Quite a lot as it turns out.
If you’re after partial views of overhead walkways and it’s eclectic blend of architecture that is.
Or maybe it’s abstract street sculpture that you’re after. Well here it is in bold contrast to the trees behind.
And it’s not every day you see buildings wearing a tree – albeit a silver one!
And yes, that is Manchester’s Beetham Tower – home to the Hilton Hotel – sleek and straight against the jumbled lines, curves and shapes of the city’s chaotic foreground. Even from the 8th floor of a multi-storey car park on an overcast day in May there’s plenty of partial detail out there.
What do you do if you get caught in a particularly bad traffic jam? The journey home from the North East of England that should have taken me around two hours yesterday took me nearly seven hours! As I edged south towards York, I was surrounded by some amazing English countryside, made all the more dramatic by some very threatening weather. A chance to take some photographs from my static vehicle.
Trees in particular stood out sharply against glowering storm clouds. The tree above was taken just outside the incredibly beautiful village of Helperby. As was the shot below.
The skies darkened and trees stood starkly as silhouettes against the Yorkshire landscape. Even the rapeseed looked strangely dull.
Everyone needs a place to unwind. Somewhere your mind can run free and think fresh thoughts. Calderstones Park in Liverpool does it for me every time. Originally a shipping merchant’s private estate, it became a municipal park in 1902. It’s got it all; a boating lake (although sadly no rowing boats any more); a Japanese garden; and the druidical circle known as the Calder Stones from which the park takes it’s name. Imagine treading the same paths as ancient druids – if that doesn’t get your imagination flowing nothing will. Then there’s the trees.
Here’s the park this afternoon still doing it’s best to keep the Autumn chills at bay. I’ve started sketching trees this year and have become fascinated by their shapes and structures. For much of the time,though, I’ve settled on sketching apple trees in my garden. I’ve used charcoal , pencil, graphite, and a little watercolour. See what you think.
So much for my drawings of trees. The trees below almost seem to be guarding the boating lake in the distance.
One final thought for now. John Lennon would have walked or cycled through Calderstones Park every day on his way to Quarry Bank School from his home on Menlove Avenue. I wonder how much this amazing park might have influenced him. We can only imagine!