Tag Archives: Mytholmroyd

In the woods

Wednesday 22nd September 2021, 2.50pm (day 3,681)

Two-pronged tree, 22/9/21

According to my diary today was the ‘first day of autumn’, but although it was rather windy, summer seems to still be with us for now. I liked this tree for its two-pronged appearance, like a couple of arms reaching out over the path, in the woods near Mytholmroyd.

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Empty spaces

Wednesday 26th May 2021, 1.55pm (day 3,562)

Mytholmroyd car park, 26/5/21

This one is here more because I like the shapes and patterns than anything else. But I suppose there’s an ongoing sense of frustration at the remnants of lockdown, which hangs around like an irritating guest at a party that can’t get started with him there. We are in the ‘we’re doing it because we said three months ago that we would’ stage, as far as Authority goes — for of course, they cannot be seen to have changed their minds. Going on the front pages of the papers today even the media are not bothered any more. But Mytholmroyd station car park remains largely unused.

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Debutant pig

Sunday 21st February 2021, 11.45am (day 3,468)

Pig, 21/2/21

“Whaddya mean, in nine and a half years you’ve never had a pig on this blog thing of yours?”

“Nope, never.”

“I wanna be FIRST. (Oink.)”

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The canal at Mytholmroyd

Saturday 2nd January 2021, 1.55pm (day 3,418)

Mytholmroyd canal, 2/1/21

Amongst its other functions, this blog serves to record the weather patterns, and neither of the last two winters (2018/19, 19/20) have seen any real snow. The last truly white period, at least where I have been, was in March 2018. Today wasn’t a frozen apocalypse, but it did mean that 2021 has already seen more snow in Hebden Bridge — or, here, Mytholmroyd, just down the road — than the last two calendar years combined. I’m not objecting. It does provide good photography material.

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Mother keeps an eye out

Sunday 7th June 2020, 2.30pm (day 3,209)

Duck and duckling, 7/6/20

These kinds of things are universal, aren’t they. I probably had a similar look when seeing Joe off into town that first time.

This was taken on the Rochdale Canal in Mytholmroyd, making this the first time there have been two pictures in a row from outside of Hebden Bridge since March 10th and 11th.

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Builders’ yard

Tuesday 14th April 2020, 11.45am (day 3,155)

Builders' yard, 14/4/20

Now there really is a sense of desperation about this one: I could claim I like the abstract arrangement of shapes and colours, and that strange white covering (is it snow? No, salt, I think). But really I just wanted to get a shot from outside of Hebden Bridge today, thanks to a necessary trip to Mytholmroyd just down the road. We do what we can under the current circumstances…

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Flood defence works, Mytholmroyd

Wednesday 7th November 2018, 3.35pm (day 2,631)

Flood defence works, 7/11/18

Not actually a third monochrome shot in a row, although it might as well be on a dull, grey November day. Nearly three years after Mytholmroyd (along with much of the rest of the Calder Valley) was sunk beneath more than two metres of water on 26th December 2015, the stable door is finally being bolted — so we have been told — thanks to massive flood defence works. These pile drivers and giant screwdrivers currently occupy¬† half the carriageway of the main road in the village, and at the moment their main effect is to have created a year-long traffic jam along the A646.

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Joe has ideas

Wednesday 8th February 2017, 6.50pm (day 1,994)

Joe in Mytholmroyd, 8/2/17

Accompanied Joe to an evening st school sorting out his choices of GCSE options in year 10: the latest step in the process by which dreams and aspirations become squeezed into systemic categories. But he seems keen enough. Here, am I trying to represent said aspirations? Is it a moody and atmospheric shot (in the unglamorous surroundings of the bus stop in Mytholmroyd)? Or just a bad photo?

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River Calder at Mytholmroyd

Tuesday 7th June 2016, 11.35am (day 1,748)

Calder at Mytholmroyd, 7/6/16

Mytholmroyd lies about a mile downstream from Hebden Bridge and was devastated by the 26th December flood, being inundated with over seven feet (more than two meters) of water. The hole in the line of buildings to the left was formerly a travel agency but collapsed into the river that day. I find it sad that in the line of shops behind there are still signs up saying ‘reopening 4th January after Christmas’ and the like. Still, it looked sylvan enough today, though what the guy is doing in the river, I have no idea.

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St Michael’s church, Mytholmroyd

Saturday 12th July 2014, 5.35pm (day 1,052)

St Mike's church, 12/7/14

Back home. The trouble with committing (still) to do this every day is that some days, even when the light is good (warm, sunny day today) and there are opportunities to get some good shots, the technique fails. I didn’t really get any good pictures today. This one is OK, a bit of a study of shape and texture, but that’s about it.

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