Photography: Getting a message across
Today I’ve tried to get a message across with an image and with words. This is a picture of the bridleway where it goes under a road bridge in Sandwell Valley Country Park.
Local people walk their dogs there. The riders from the riding school ride down the bridleway along the river to Forge Mill Lake, past the farm and around the lake to where the RSPB (Royal Society for the protection of birds) have their hide near the lake. The river there will be lined with millions and millions of flowers in Spring and so it’s a good place for walkers. Horse riders, dog walkers and cyclists all co-exist on the bridleway, but people on scrambler motor bikes are not welcome. I think my image adds a little intrigue, but I could have used a picture of the river when all the flowers are in bloom. Are you intrigued enough to want to visit?
Perhaps this picture appeals to your imagination more? This is where the bridleway leads from that bridge. Riders ride between the river and the lake and so have beautiful scenery to view. Walkers can also stop and look around the farm at the new born lambs in Spring. They also have a farm shop and other animals to see.
The Mill Pool looks a little bleak in winter. There is a variety of birds though and the swans are admired by many people. I think the best photographs are taken in Spring, especially if the rain stops! On the other side of the pool is a heath. You can follow the path around the pool to the heath and many people use this open space to just walk or to walk their dogs. I’ve used an artistic edit on a winter picture to make it look a little more inviting. The Mill Pool is also connected via a culvert to the River Tame.
Local people sometimes ask for access points to these places. You can ask questions or share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter.