September pick a topic CMMC

Cee Neuner’s Midweek Madness Challenge this week is to pick a topic from the photo posted as inspiration. Don’t forget to have a look at it!

The colours in the photo include grey and brown. On a walk along the cliffs we spotted some beach art using pebbles and seaweed. The wind was strong enough to blow me about as I attempted to take photos using the zoom facility on my camera. The one I am posting here is the best of the batch I took.

Pebbles on the beach look predominantly grey.  A spiral ending in an arrow outlined in red sandstone pebbles and brown seaweed had been constructed.
Beach art

Beyond the centre of Carlisle

I have posted a few shots taken in Carlisle before – the tag cloud or contents page may help interested readers find them.  On a recent visit hubby and I found some places we had not explored previously.  A figure woven from natural material (willow?) outside a garden centre reminded us of some we had seen in Montreux, Switzerland.

Woven statue
Woven statue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some decorative metal work could easily have been missed.  I took separate pictures of the details in colour.

The red one is the same shape as the church on the skyline in the next picture.  But what is the other tower?

River with gulls
River with gulls

The birds on the river are gulls in adult and juvenile plumage.  Carlisle has three rivers, the Caldew, the Eden and the Petteril.  Looking down at the Caldew it is difficult to imagine the amount of water, which caused the floods last winter.  The railway line on the far side was flooded.

We were interested to note that river levels are monitored by the Environment Agency at this point and there are flood gates nearby, which are closed when the river level rises rapidly.

Monitoring station display
Monitoring station display

The weather was overcast, so the photos are rather dark.  Later that day the sun shone brightly.

A foxed sheep

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily post is for Opposites.  The photo I have chosen appeared previously in my post about visiting Wray Castle.  The artist, who decorated this sheep, has a quirky sense of humour.  Sheep are herbivores.  Foxes are carnivores.  They are perhaps natural enemies.  The sheep is overlooking a garden centre.

Foxed sheep
Foxed sheep

Decorated sheep are part of the Go Herdwick trail to raise money for the Calvert Trust.