Neodigital Art | The Black Country
There was a break in the rain on Sunday and so we set out to take more photographs. It was early and the sun was high in the sky and so it was a good time to photograph woodland. First stop was Moorcroft Wood and this is a picture of Moorcroft pool; otherwise known as the Sanna. I have found some history to this pool and there were two more pools that have dried up. I think if this one filled up it would overflow into the next one. I usually get a tree in the foreground to get depth to the picture, but that has changed now and I had to stand in front of the trees to see anything.
I walked to the other end of the pool and got a shot that has some more depth. With the sun high in the sky, you can lose you sense of direction in the woodland. I read some history of the mining that created these pools and it was abandoned because of flooding. It seems the 30 ft wide seam of coal is still there.
I drove from Moorcroft Wood to Bradley locks. They’ve been filled in, but I went in search of ‘elephant rock’. I think it’s long gone and this bridge has been replaced. The steel has anyway and the Metro runs over it now. The brick work is original and it’s in two halves. You can see the half that the canal runs under in this photo. The other half was a private road and just before the bridge was a large rock, perhaps 20 ft high, it is long gone now. This whole area was covered in chemicals from the chemical works, but is quite different now. I did find water running into the canal. Could this have something to do with why the Sanna is drying up?
I have been meaning to photograph this lockkeepers cottage for a while. There is a little bridge across the lock too. It’s the canal in between the New Navigation pub and the top lock cottage. That link will show you the location on Google Maps.
Then on to Merrion’s Wood. You can see by the sign that although nature provides the beauty, it had a helping hand from a landscape architect.
In the enchanted woodland of Merrion’s Wood, with the sun still quite high in the sky, I took quite a lot of pictures like this one.
Then it was on to Sandwell Valley Country Park. I didn’t take this picture!
It was a little cloudy by this time, but this picture isn’t too bad. The light was changing all afternoon.
These wild poppies were growing in Sandwell Valley and a few more wild flowers too, like wild geraniums.
Today’s blog on a Zillion Ideas is about Neodigital Art too and features a few of the pictures from Merrion’s Wood of the enchanted woodland and the lodge. Please share the blogs with your friends, click ‘like’ and comment f you have a question, something to say or just to say hello.
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This entry was posted on 17, July 2012 by Mike10613. It was filed under NeoDigital Art, photography and was tagged with canal, Facebook, google maps, Merrion's Wood, Metro, Moorcroft Pool, Moorcroft Wood, Neodigital Art, New navigation, photograph, photography, Sandwell Valley, Sanna, Sunday.