Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

This is my haphazard contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It.

I say haphazard because while I have a variety of photos of various rivers I couldn’t come up with a theme so this is a random selection of photos of four different rivers.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

This is the range light at the mouth of the Saugeen River where it flows into Lake Huron in Southampton, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The River Thames, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben from the south bank, London, England.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The Sydenham River flows over the Niagara Escarpment at Inglis Falls in Grey County, Ontario.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: A River Runs Through It

The River Dee flowing under the Old Dee Bridge at Chester, Cheshire. Originally the site of a Roman bridge this bridge dates back to a major rebuild in 1387.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is my contribution to the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow.

On reading the prompt my first thought was of canal narrowboats but I had used canals and narrowboats in a couple of posts recently so I decided to go with a different take on the challenge.

I started thinking about some of the narrow streets in some of the remaining medieval portions on some towns and cities. Which got me thinking about the city of Chester with its narrow streets and the city walls that are a mixture of Roman and Medieval construction.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Eastgate Street looking towards Eastgate with the Eastgate Clock on top.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

This is the walkway across Eastgate and under the Eastgate Clock.

 

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Narrow

Walk under the clock and along the wall you come to the Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the city walls.

 

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

This is my contribution to Cee’s On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys.

Over Christmas I started making digital versions of the slides in my archives. I had previously digitised around 1,500 key slides but there are about 15,000 in my archives. I am currently about halfway through the process.

So a selection of English chimneys photographed in the 1980s from my archives.

An interesting old stone chimney on the corner of Eastgate Street and Bridge Street in the historic centre of Chester, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

 

A soon to be demolished chimney on a former small pox hospital north of London.

On the Hunt for Joy: Count Chimneys

 

Chimneys on some historic buildings on The Square, Nantwich, Cheshire.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys

 

Some chimneys in north London during a severe hailstorm. The “speckled” appearance of the storm clouds is falling hail.

On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Count Chimneys

 

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall

This is my contribution to the Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall.

As the challenge is singular I decided to go with a single photo of a wall with a long and interesting history.

This is Phoenix Tower, it stands on the northeast corner of the City Walls in Chester, Cheshire, England. It is thought to have been built in the 13th century but it’s what it was built onto that I find more interesting.

The Chester City Walls were built by the Romans in the 2nd century before being added to and extended in the 12th century. This section of the wall contains both Roman and Medieval masonry.

City Walls.

Bridges

The new Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge is Bridges.

I decided to go with a selection of bridges from various parts of Cheshire, England.

First, a canal lift bridge from Wrenbury in south west Cheshire.

Wrenbury lift bridge over the Llangollen branch of the Shropshire Union Canal.

Next Bridgegate, a medieval bridge constructed when the Roman city walls of Chester were extended to the south.

Bridgegate, the southern entrance to medieval Chester.

Finally what is technically a railway viaduct although there are two wrought iron bridges in the span to the right in the photo.

Industrial Stone Work.

Parts of historic Chester

The new Lens-artists Weekly Photo Challenge is History.

As a photographer who grew up in Cheshire, England my first thought was Roman Chester, or Deva Victrix as the Romans called it when it was one of the main army camps in Roman Britain.

Having mentioned the Romans I will start with a view of the Eastgate Clock. The clock stands on top of the Eastgate, the original eastern entrance to the Roman fortress. For this shot I am standing on the city walls on the south side of the clock.

The Eastgate Clock on Eastgate.

Next a visit to Bridgegate. This gate was constructed in medieval times when the Roman city walls were extended to the south to follow the north bank of the River Dee. The gate then guarded the southern entrance to the town.

Bridgegate, the southern entrance to medieval Chester.

Now a visit to Phoenix Tower. This tower stands at the northeast corner of the city walls. Probably constructed in the 13th century it has also been known as the Newton Tower and King Charles’ Tower in the past. Parts of this section of the wall are a mixture of Roman and Medieval masonry.

King Charles Tower.

Finally some interesting features inside the city walls. In the foreground is the Chester High Cross which has a long and complicated history dating back centuries but was moved to this position in 1975. Behind the cross are some of the Chester Rows, covered walkways giving access to first floor shops and businesses. The Chester Rows are unique and date back to medieval times.

Chester High Cross and The Rows.