Throwback Thursday… S and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin

S and L Ltd, Langley Mill BasinS and L Ltd, Langley Mill Basin
Fujifilm X-E1, Fujinon XC 50-230mm f4.5~6.7 OIS at 107mm, 1/250s, f5.6, ISO 200

What was I photographing on this day in previous years?

Four years ago I was wandering around Langley Mill basin on the Erewash Canal and this barge rudder caught my eye.

I believe the ‘S and L Ltd’ refers to the firm of Stewarts & Lloyds Ltd who owned and operated a fleet of canal boats until the 1970s.

Monochrome Monday… Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal

Steamboat on the Trent & Mersey CanalSteamboat on the Trent & Mersey Canal
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 70mm – 1/250s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

Another shot taken with a charity shop find Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 lens mounted on my Nikon FE2. A steamboat chuffs its way along the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow during a recent(ish) ‘Photography Friday’ jaunt.

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Monochrome Monday… Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25

Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) PA26-25, July 2018
Nikon FA, Nikkor 45mm f/2.8P – 1/250s, f8, – CineStill BwXX rated at ISO 250

An unusual sight on the UK’s canal network… this Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel (LCVP) or ‘Higgins Boat’ was spotted at Beeston Marina in Nottinghamshire a couple of weeks ago.

Designed by Andrew Higgins more than 23,000 LCVPs were built between 1942 and 1945, used extensively in amphibious landings in World War II, they were capable of carrying a 36-man platoon, a Jeep and 12 men or 8,000lb of cargo.

Assuming the ‘PA26-25’ number is correct then this particular vessel was one of 33 assigned to the USS Samuel Chase (APA-26), an Arthur Middleton class attack transport ship launched in 1941.

Monochrome Monday… Rainbow Bridge, Shardlow

Rainbow Bridge, Shardlow, June 2018Rainbow Bridge, Shardlow, June 2018
Nikon FE2, Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 at 35mm – 1/250s, f8, – Lomo Lady Grey 400 rated at ISO 320

A couple of boats at Dobson’s Boatyard on the Trent & Mersey Canal at Shardlow… Taken during a recent ‘Photography Friday’ jaunt and the first outing for a charity shop find Tamron Adaptall-2 35-70mm f/3.5 lens… a bargain at a fiver!

Scan by AgLab with minimal cropping and tweaking in Lightroom Classic CC.

Photography Friday… The Chesterfield Canal

57ft narrow boat 'Little Mester'57ft narrow boat ‘Little Mester’
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 39mm, 1/80s, f11, ISO 1000

Today’s excursion took Rachel and I ‘gongoozling’ again, this time along the restored section of the Chesterfield Canal near Shireoaks in Nottinghamshire.

Turnerwood Bottom Lock No.37Turnerwood Bottom Lock No.37
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 23mm, 1/110s, f11, ISO 400

The towpath can be followed all the way from Chesterfield to the point at which the canal meets the River Trent at West Stockwith, taking in some very peaceful countryside along the way…

Swans at Browns Lock No.32Swans at Browns Lock No.32
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 46mm, 1/200s, f11, ISO 400

We only saw a couple of boats but at the moment the canal comes to an abrupt end at the eastern portal of the 2,884 yard long Norwood Tunnel near Kiveton Park but the Chesterfield Canal Trust have plans to restore the remaining nine miles to Staveley near Chesterfield.

Single frame… Large White butterfly

Large White butterfly (Pieris brassicae)Large White butterfly (Pieris brassicae)
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 135mm, 1/200s, f8, ISO 200

A much shorter ‘Photography Friday’ today with far fewer pictures taken.

This Large White butterfly (Pieris brassicae) rested briefly on the Great Willowherb (Epilobium hirsutum) growing beside the Chesterfield Canal at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.

The shot is massively cropped from the original… I was doing my best to not fall in the canal!

Photography Friday… a trip to Wales

Today’s ‘Photography Friday’ trip took us off to Wales… specifically to the Llangollen Railway and Pontcysyllte Aqueduct.

Llangollen lies on the River Dee in Denbighshire and plays host to the International Musical Eisteddfod, an event that we completely failed to realise was taking place this week and the town was packed with visitors (and performers) from all over the world!

The River Dee at LlangollenThe River Dee at Llangollen
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 18mm, 1/240s, f11, ISO 400

After grabbing a bite to eat we boarded the first train to Corwen and I was surprised to find (given the recent dry weather and potential fire risk posed by a steam engine in such conditions), Great Western Railway (GWR) 5101 class ‘large prairie’ 2-6-2T No.5199 in charge of the five coach train.

Sadly (for some, not me, I like diesel locos too…) the return trip was handled by British Railways (BR) class 26 diesel-electric D5310 and No.5199 was returned to the engine shed.

GWR 'large prairie' 5199 pauses at CarrogGWR ‘large prairie’ 5199 pauses at Carrog Station
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 32mm, 1/80s, f9, ISO 400

Following a delicious pub lunch overlooking the river at The Cornmill we headed off to see the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a stunning structure that carries the Llangollen Canal (originally the Ellesmere Canal) over the River Dee at a height of 126ft!

Pontcysyllte AqueductPontcysyllte Aqueduct
Fujifilm X-T1, Fujinon XF 18-135mm f3.5~5.6 R LM OIS WR at 26mm, 1/250s, f8, ISO 400

Completed in 1805 at a cost of £47,000 the aqueduct is a Grade I listed building and a World Heritage Site and still carries boats from the village of Froncysyllte to the canal basin at Trevor. The towpath is open to walkers but a head for heights is definitely recommended!