Archive for January 2008
Sunset over the lake
Another view of the Quadrus Centre at Boldon near South Shields. This time taking in the lake surrounded with bull rushes. Oddly, this place doesn’t look quite so scenic in daylight hours, with two major roads on it’s boundaries.
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 55mm lens, 1/250 second, f8, iso 200
The Quadrus Centre, Boldon
The Quadrus Centre at Boldon is just outside of South Shields and it offers an interesting commercial landscape. Set in a semi parkland with a lake and bullrushes it is becoming a haven for wild birds, geese, ducks, and other wildlife. The office complex has been designed utilising the latest “green” technologies and it’s cedar clad exterior is shown here reflecting the light of the setting sun.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/250 second, f5.6, iso 200
Marsden Bay, South Shields
These limestone and sandstone cliffs have withstood thousands of years of constant battering by the North Sea, and coastal erosion has seen Marsden Rock emasculated and reduced to about half of it’s original size. The rock (top left quarter}, was once joined to the mainland!
We see here, on the right, evidence of recent land slippage with piles of rock and stone lying at the foot of the cliffs. In a few decades perhaps the road from Sunderland to South Shields will need to be routed a few metres further back!
Camera details: Pentax K100D, 35mm lens, 1/125 second, f5.6, iso 200
Middle Dock, South Shields
This is all that remains of the Middle Dock by the River Tyne in South Shields. demolition crews have moved in to clear the land and in a few short years this area which one built and repaired ships will be renewed with houses, pubs, restaurants and shops. The old industries have died and a new beginning is on it’s way.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 80mm lens, 1/90 second, f5.6, iso 200 (the vignette was added with Photoshop)
We have the remains of three windmills in South Tyneside, this one is in Whitburn Village on the southern edge of South Shields. The other two are on Cleadon Hills, South Shields and in West Boldon, there is also a fully restored working mill at Fullwell just outside of South Tyneside’s boundary.
Windmills were a fairly common site about 150 years ago and not just for milling grain, some milled limestone to make a chemical used in the dyeing of sail cloth.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/60 second, f8, iso 400
This is a favourite spot with sea anglers, some fish from the pebbly beach, and depending on the tide, some fish from the top of the cliffs. Locally known as The Wherry it is located on the coast between Whitburn Village and South Shields.
Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 35mm lens, 1/125 second, f8, iso 100
Barmston Lake, Washington
I was out for a leisurely drive the other afternoon when I accidentally came across this lake in Barmston, Washington just a few minutes from South Shields. I didn’t even realise that I’d never bumped into it over the past fifty years or so. I eventually found an approach which brought my car to the lakeside to take a picture and I was overwhelmed by a terrible odour. Perhaps it had previously been a sewage treatment plant or the smell was drifting from elsewhere, I felt a little sorry for the folks living in the nearby houses. However, it proved to be a haven for birds and ducks, hence the picture.
Camera details; Pentax K100D, 28mm lens, 1/90 second, f8, iso 200