Ironbridge and the River Severn #AncientMonument #Bridge #Historic

At the heart of a pretty spectacular gorge in South Shropshire is the village of Ironbridge and at its heart the iconic Ironbridge itself, spanning the river Severn. The first iron bridge in the world.

This is what it would have looked like in its heyday

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The idea was conceived in the early 1770s, building began several years later as the Industrial Revolution took hold, and the bridge was officially opened to vehicles on January 1st 1781.

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Speyside Memories + A Speyside Odyssey by Norman Matheson #NaturalHistory #Autobiographical #Art

I must admit to having reservations when I was asked if I’d like to read ‘Speyside Memories: Boyhood and Beyond on River and Hill’ and ‘A Speyside Odyssey: A Natural History of The Atlantic Salmon’ but I was most pleasantly surprised and found both books very engaging. Many thanks to Alison Williams for the review copies. They are both beautifully presented.

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Almost #SilentSunday ~ A Different Take on the Lake #NaturePhotography

We went for a walk round Ellesmere lake the other day and, although it was warm and quite bright, the sky didn’t have much colour. I had a little play with the Ps camera app to give a more dramatic appearance. 

The befores and afters…

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