Some more pictures from my little wander through the late spring, early summer lanes near my home. Rhodendedrons are not a native plant. Victorian plant collectors brought them from the Himalayas and the mountains of China. Some people wish they had left them there. They were put into the gardens and the estates of the rich and they do look great if you have a garden the size of the Chatsworth Estate (that’s the one owned by the Duke of Devonshire, not the one in Shameless). In a suburban garden they can swamp the space. They seed freely and have found the UK climate much to their taste and have escaped into the countryside at large. They look wonderful, with their spectacular flowers in shades of white, pink, red, purple and yellow, for two weeks of the year but their thick, dark green leaves cast so much shadow that nothing can grow underneath and they crowd out native species. They have run rampant across mountainsides in North Wales and we are busy trying to eliminate them. Not an easy job when you have the whole of Snowdonia to weed. But the flowers do look spectacular and the bees love them.
A drone was hovering over me. I came across the guys operating it. It was a very impressive piece of kit. They were using it to take some video for the opening credits of a new TV programme.
You don’t have to go to South America to find orchids. We have these pretty Field Orchids that seemed to be having a good year.
And this is Ragged Robin, a quite rare wildflower which is also growing in substantial clumps near our home.
A double sided ‘A’ board in Chorlton making great claims….
It’s getting to the time of the year when I seem to be passing the WTC buildings on Trafford Road at the time when the sun is in the sky at such a position that it lights up the mirrored glass walls in, an often, very attractive way. It only happens in Autumn, Winter and Spring. I have never noticed it in Summer when the sun is too high in the sky for it to happen when I pass.
Here it has lit one building up while the second is still reflecting some clouds. The first sign of rapidly approaching Autumn I think.
I took these pics from my stationary car, stuck in traffic on Trafford Road. Even though I was stopped that didn’t impress the policeman who drew up along side as I was taking them….
On the way home I drove past the World Trade Centre again. It was reflecting the watery sky, the clouds and the sun. As I was stuck in the traffic I took a quick shot.
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The days are getting longer as we approach mid summer day. Two or so weeks ago, after doing my tutoring in Chorlton, it was becoming evening as I passed the mirror glassed World Trade Centre buildings. Last night, at the same time, it was bright daylight still with the sun high in the sky reflecting off the buildings backed by a strong blue sky. Hit W.T.C to see all the other pictures.
Here are some more pictures I snapped of the World Trade Centre buildings that I snapped while being stuck in traffic on trafford Road. I like the way these buildings reflect everything around them. I love the darkening, violet sky and the way the buildings reflect the orange of the sunset. It’s lovely to see such beauty in teh rush hour traffic of a busy city. It’s always a pleasure to get stuck in traffic on the intersection and it happens frequently!
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I got cursed taking these pictures. It’s the World trade Centre Buildings at the bottom of Trafford Road near Manchester United’s stadium. There’s a huge complicated traffic interchange in front of them and I stopped in the middle of it, in the rush hour, to take these pictures, not once but twice.
It was a clear sky afternoon. The picture is looking east into the darkening night sky and the mirror glass walls of the WTC are facing west and reflecting the blue, afternoon sky just after the sun had gone down. I loved the look of the buildings so stopped and held up the traffic. They also look great if there’s a red sunset or are reflecting the clouds. Expect more traffic chaos! hehe