At the moment here in England COVID-19 lockdown restrictions have been eased slightly. Allowing us to travel a little further to exercise, as long as we all continue to social distance. So yesterday was the first time since lockdown began in the UK (23rd March 2020) that we have ventured further than our local parks for a walk and take in some fresh air.
As I had already booked the Bank-Holiday Monday as annual leave we decided to visit Damflask Reservoir, which is situated in the Loxely valley of Sheffield. Unlike most bank holidays we were treated to great weather (the world clearly has gone mad lol). We definitely managed to get some exercise. I think was the furthest that we have walked in one outing during lockdown so far.
Damflask is another one of these places that is practically on our doorstep that neither my wife or I have visited before. Definitely worth a return visit at some time in the future.
Considering the current social distancing and the hot weather that we had yesterday the reservoir and surrounding woods wasn’t overly busy. People were definitely doing their best to social distance unlike further down south if we are to believe the stories reported in the news.
Last week saw much of the UK under a blanket of snow caused by what is being nicknamed “The Beast from the East”, bringing at least some parts of the country to a stand still or at least a mild panic that there might be a sudden shortage of bread & milk.
Usually I mock the people of Yorkshire when there is the mere hint of snow. Although on this occasion I shall let them off as it did nearly get to Scottish standards.
Sadly I did not have much opportunity to capture the picturesque scenes that this sudden snowfall had created. Although some may have you believe that with the first hint of snow we all must stockpile milk & bread, and in the madness forget how to drive safely, life does still go on and we must all still go to work. These are just a few of the scenes that I managed to capture.
Autumn is upon us once more. I wanted to capture some of this years autumn colours in their glory and what better place to do this than in woodland so I decided to explore the woodland within nearby Graves Park. The park has so much to offer all year round, from the grassy lawns, woodland and animal park it makes it the perfect place to capture nature throughout the seasons.
I had attempted some photos earlier in the year of the woodland, but they did not not turn out as good as I had hoped. The woodland thrives in Autumn an is more atmospheric showcasing the many different colours and hues of Autumn.
Under the canopy of the trees the woodland can be quite dark, which is why my previous attempt did not fair so well as this endeavour. On this occasion I to captured a few different subjects which I shall share in later posts.
I feel quite lucky that we stay so close to Graves Park, no longer have to trek to the other side of the city. All in all feel lucky that we are surrounded by much more parks etc than where we lived before. As much as living in the city has it benefits it is nice to be able to withdraw to a less urban environment.
I feel I shall have many more photographic expeditions to Graves Park during the various seasons to capture what this natural wonderland has to offer.
Kelham Island is a reminder of Sheffield’s industrial era, which is now home to Kelham Island Museum, Kelham Island Brewery, as well as many other Sheffield businesses.
Kelham Island, now one of Sheffield’s designated Quarters was once an industrial area. The island was created by building a mill race which was fed from the river Don to serve water wheels which powered workshops in the area. On the site of Kelham Island sitting in pride of place is the largest surviving Bessemer Converter, paying homage to the steel production that Sheffield is so famous for. In 1982 Kelham Island Museum was opened, to celebrate and as a reminder of Sheffield’s steel making and industrial past. The museum houses reconstructed workshops from the city’s industrial hay-day.
As an adopted Sheffielder I have learned much about the industrial past of the area from the museum.