Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Sculpture Park

Yorkshire Sculpture Park does not have one rabbit, it has two. With this photograph I have included a couple of children to give you some idea how big the rabbits are.

Did you know there are 80 breeds of Rabbits in the UK as recognised by The British Rabbit Council

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sculpture Park

Anyone scared of rabbits should not look away now.
I stumbled across this fine looking rabbit in the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
The fear of rabbits is called Leporiphobia. It is more widespread than you may think

Monday, 29 August 2011

Leeds Carnival

The Leeds Carnival, also called the Leeds West Indian Carnival or the Chapeltown Carnival, is the longest running West Indian carnival in Europe, having been going since 1967. The carnival is held in the Chapeltown and Harehills parts of Leeds every August bank holiday weekend.

It is a 3-day event, climaxing in a carnival procession on Bank Holiday Monday, which starts and finishes in Potternewton Park in Chapeltown. A parade of floats and dancers makes its way along Harehills Avenue, down Roundhay Road in Harehills, along Barrack Road and back along Chapeltown Road to the park, where a wide range of stages and stalls provide entertainment and refreshment for carnival-goers.

Here is one of many photographs I took earlier today. It was very colourful, loud and a little rowdy.

Sand Sculpture

Saw this in Briggate, Leeds one Saturday morning in July 2011. The artist was very skillful using sand to produce this sculpture   

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Nelson Mandela Gardens, Leeds

The garden was opened on April 30, 2001, by Nelson Mandela himself as he was given the Freedom of the City. He famously mis-acknowledged the crowd by saying how happy he was to be in Liverpool.
The garden which won an award for the Council at Chelsea in 2004 was re-created in its present location just  south of Millennium Square. It was seriously damaged in May 2008 by a mass water-fight organised over social networking sites

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Saltburn Cliff Railway

Saltburn has the oldest water balanced cliff tramway in Britain that is still in operation, linking the town with the pier 120 feet below.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Pub Sign in Skipton

This quirky pub sign caught my eye in Skipton.

The name “Cock & Bottle” was once quite a common name for public houses and is believed to refer to the availability of liquor in draught or bottled form; the “cock” being the name for the tap in the front of a barrel.
The actual date of building of The Cock & Bottle in Skipton is, as yet, unknown to us, although there has been a building on the site from the late 17th Century and it would certainly have been in existence at the time of the building of the Leeds – Liverpool Canal through Skipton.

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Hebden Bridge Railway Station

Arriving in Hebden Bridge by train is like stepping back in time. In 1997 the station was renovated and signage in the original Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway style was erected. The station has been painted in the colours of the LYR. It gives the station a lovely feeling. Far better than the likes of Saltaire and Guiselkey and many other stations in Yorkshire.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Richmond, North Yorkshire

This is a view of the centre of Richmond from the top of Richmond Castle tower.

Richmond is a market town and civil parish on the River Swale in North Yorkshire, England and is the administrative centre of the district of Richmondshire. It is situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, and serves as the Park's main tourist centre. It is the most duplicated UK placename, with 57 occurrences worldwide

The castle stands in a commanding position above the River Swale, close to the centre of the town. It was originally called Riche Mount, 'the strong hill'. The castle was constructed from 1071 onwards as part of the Norman Conquest of Saxon England

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Sculpture Park

These three sculptures, illuminated from the inside, are based on the theme "Hear no Evil, See no Evil, Speak no Evil".
They are situated in the Underground Gallery at the Sculpture Park.

Monday, 22 August 2011

Rochdale Canal

The Rochdale Canal runs for 33 miles between Manchester and Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire, UK.
In Sowerby Bridge it connects with the Calder and Hebble Navigation. In Manchester it connects with the Ashton and Bridgewater Canals.
The canal was re-opened to navigation along its entire length in July 2002 and forms part of the South Pennine Ring.
This photograph is of the locks at Hebden Bridge 

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (E&BASR) is a heritage railway in North Yorkshire, England, (formed in 1968 and re-opened in 1979). It is part of the former Midland Railway branch from Skipton to Ilkley (which closed down in 1965 14 years earlier). The E&BASR currently runs from Embsay via Draughton and Holywell to Bolton Abbey station, a distance of 4 miles (6 km). It is a long-term objective to extend the line to Addingham and Skipton.
This photograph was taken at Embsay

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Sculpture Park

I am not into modern art and even less sculptures. So I was pleasantly suprised how much I enjoyed our visit today to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park at West Brotton, just outside Wakefield.
There were some amazing works of art in a pleasant setting. The weather for once behaved itself, so we had a very enjoyable day.
The first of many photographs I will post on here is of an installation entilted "Nuria and Irma" by the artist Jaume Plensa. Situated on the roof of the underground gallery, they are huge heads from a mesh of steel.
As you walk around them the direction they are facing constantly changes.
The exhibits change from time to time so this will be a yearly visit of ours from now on.  

Friday, 19 August 2011

Chevin View

Lovely view of Otley from the Chevin. Taken on a warm sunny day in April this year. Pity our summer did not match the weather we had in April.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Whitby Lifeboat

No photo album of Yorkshire would be complete without pictures of Whitby. I have visited Whitby many times, but I had never stayed overnight until we had a shortbreak there in 2010.
This photograph is of the Whitby Lifeboat with the station in the background. Lifeboat men have my deepest admiration for the job they do and the lives they save.   

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Roberts Park

This is a view from the footbridge in Saltaire that crosses the River Aire. Looking across Roberts Park with the cricket pavillion and scoreboard in view.  This shot was actually taken in August 2010, long before we knew we were moving to Saltaire.
I will take the same shot this weekend to see if there is any difference in the water level and take further shots throughout winter and autumn.     

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Hebden Bridge Clock

I like taking photographs of clocks, they come in suprisingly different shapes and forms. Thois example from Hebden Bridge celebrates the millenium

Monday, 15 August 2011

Bike Fest

A Bike Fest took place in Roberts Park, Saltaire on 2nd July 2011. There were bike releated events all over the park. Considering it was a lovely sunny day I thought the numbers attending were poor.
The picture shows one of two lads who did bike tricks, they were impressive

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Mural at Shipley Railway Station

This is a mural facing Platform 5 at Shipley Railway Station.
How often do you see scenes like this. A lot of time, effort and money has gone into painting the mural. Now its just left to rot. No effort is being made to tidy it up.
This is typical of railway stations nationwide, and not just  railway stations.

Saturday, 13 August 2011

All Saints Parish Church Bingley

I like taking photographs of  buildings, especially churches. There are many such churches in Yorkshire ranging from the magnificent York Minster to village parish churches.
This is All Saints Parish Church at Bingley. There was probably a wooden church here before the Norman Conquest.
This building was probably rebuilt many times over the centuries, culminating in the present structure, which was begun during the reign of  Henry VIII (1491–1547). The choir was erected in 1518, the current tower was added in 1737.
There is a peal of bells,  for many years six in number, with a further two added in 1873

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Pub Closed

Public Houses are closing all over the country and West Yorkshire is no exception. This was the New Inn in Guiseley. Wetherspoons have recently opened up several new pubs in the area, so why not Guiseley?

Wednesday, 10 August 2011


Roberts Park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Lovely setting to watch a game of cricket. When the sun shines the park quickly fills up. The Half Moon cafe is situated  just beyond the boundary and you can watch from The Boathouse pub too.

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

My Local - The Boathouse

The nearest pub to me is The Boathouse. It is an ideal situation on the banks of the River Aire facing Roberts Park. There is a decent choice of real ale and the food is tasty. The beer is a bit on the expensive side and you cannot book a table for a meal, but it is not a bad place to unwind after work or on weekends

Canal Reflections

For my daily communte to work,  rather than get the train to Shipley, some mornings I walk along the canal. It is peacful and quiet with only the odd cyclist flying past you. I pass a signpost stating that the distance to Leeds is 13 miles and Liverpool is 114 miles.
One day I will walk to Leeds, but I think Liverpool is a few miles too far !!!!!!!
Recently my wife, Maree, has walked along with me. With the sun low in the sky it is a lovely way to start the day.
I like reflection photographs, I will be publishing more in the future 

Monday, 8 August 2011

Shipley Railway Station

This is a view very familiar to me, looking along Platform 3 as I wait for the train to Guiseley.
Shipley station is fairly unique as it has five platforms in a triangular formation. The only other triangular station in the UK is Earlestown station in Merseyside.
Shipley has a good service to Leeds, Bradford, Ilkley and Skipton, and an occasional service to both London and Carlisle.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

Saltaire - Statue of Titus Salt

My name is Colin, this is the first of my daily pics of Yorkshire as I see it.
I am originally from Durham and only moved to Yorkshire in 2010.
I work in Guiseley and in May 2011 we moved to Saltaire.

My picture shows the statue of Titus Salt in Roberts Park. I have a question, does anybody know why the statue faces towards Baildon rather than his factory buildings and church in Saltaire?