Carlisle has the edge (2 photos)

This week’s photo challenge from the Daily post is Edge.  I am posting two photos taken in Carlisle.  I took the first one from a pedestrian refuge while I waited for the  little green man to appear.  It was the flower beds and the light on the sandstone buildings, which had caught my attention.  The fact that I caught a corner of the railings was a happy accident – after all a corner is two edges meeting!

Sunshine in Carlisle
Sunshine in Carlisle

I took the second photo on the station with the idea of edge in mind.  There are edges of platforms, the top edge of the wall has been colonised by buddleia plants and this is one outer edge of the station.  Have I missed any edges in this list?

Edges at Carlisle railway station
Edges at Carlisle railway station

 

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 visit to Carlisle

The weather was fine with occasional light showers, when I travelled by train to Carlisle. After lunch I took a few photos in the grounds of the cathedral. On my way from the station to the cathedral some old buildings had caught my eye. I had not stopped to take a photo as I’d have been standing still on an island in the middle of a busy pedestrian crossing. I realised there would be other opportunities.
On my way back to the station, when the sun was low in the sky, I noticed a row of silver birch trees catching the light as I entered the station. I turned back to take the photo of these trees in front of the building I had looked at earlier.

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