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Reflections on Lockdown #3


Hello again.

Welcome to the third instalment of Reflections on Lockdown. Today, I’ll be focussing on nature and photography.

One of the things my children and I have been doing a lot more of during lockdown is getting out into the beautiful countryside that is on our doorstep. In the early days of lockdown, we’d just drive around and not get out of the car. More recently, we’ll go for a wander making sure to wear masks and social distance. Not that we see any bugger else where we go.

Where I live in the North West of England is on the edge of the Peak District, East Cheshire and the Yorkshire Dales. We’re truly blessed to have such stunning scenery so close by.

So, this post is as much about the benefits of being in and around nature as it is about art. The art aspect is the photographs I take along the journey. (And yes, I saturate the bejaysus out of them when I get home.) In my defence, manipulating the images only brings out what is already there in nature. It just needs teasing out.

Apparently, spending two hours per week is scientifically, (yes, scientifically), proven to lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormone levels and boost the immune system. (Amongst other things.) A bit of old vitamin D from the sun can’t hurt either.

We’re lucky in that we have a car. But you don’t have to go miles to get your daily dose of nature. There are plenty of parks and urban green spaces to get your fix. Take a few snaps on your phone, or even take a sketch pad with you.

Here are a few shots I’ve taken over the last few months. I’ll try to put where they are if I can remember.

St Stephen’s church in Macclesfield Forest, East Cheshire.
I think this is Rishworth Moor, Ripponden, West Yorkshire.
Tegg’s Nose, Macclesfield, East Cheshire.
Macclesfield Forest reservoir, East Cheshire.
Baslow, Derbyshire, Peak District.
Saltersford, East Cheshire.
Snake Pass, Peak District.
St Thomas’ church, Higher Hillgate, Stockport.
Wildboarclough, East Cheshire.
River Wye, Bakewell, Derbyshire.
Goyt Valley, East Cheshire.
Goyt Valley, East Cheshire.
Goyt Valley, East Cheshire.
Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.
Somewhere near Halifax, West Yorkshire.
Hebden Bridge (sort of), West Yorkshire.
Near Haworth-ish, West Yorkshire.
To be fair, this could be anywhere.
No idea. On the way to Buxton, Derbyshire.
Errm…
A wall. And a field.
Extreme close up of a wall somewhere in Northern England. Possibly.
A puddle.
Somewhere in the Peak District.
Winnats Pass, Speedwell Cavern, Peak District.

So, we’re starting to build a picture as to the state of my mental health during lockdown and the role that art has played in my recovery. I hope you enjoy this instalment of ‘Reflections of Lockdown’.

If you, or someone you know, are experiencing mental health issues, call your GP or self refer to your local mental health team, (usually based at your local hospital).

If things are a bit more urgent than that you can call the Samaritans for free on 116 123. Or call the NHS on 111, they will treat your illness as seriously as they do any other.

If you want to see more of my photos and artwork follow me on Instagram: @milligancroft

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Things I am grateful for #27/365


Yorkshire.

The largest, (and greatest), county in England.

And the place of my birth. (Lucky me.)

And the birthplace of the last legitimate English monarch – Richard III. (Not that I would advocate a monarchy now, of course.) An independent Republic of Yorkshire, maybe.

Feast your eyes…

Beverly

Beverley

Druids temple

Druid temple

Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Dales

More dales

More dales

Limestone crags

Limestone crags

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey

Middelham

Middelham

Malham Cove

Malham Cove

Whitby

Whitby

Richmond

Richmond

Even more dales

Even more dales

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York

York

Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey

We have a lot of dales

We have a lot of dales

Yorkshire Sculpture Park

My daughter giving Sophie Ryder’s work the once over at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Well, I'll be...

Well, I’ll be…

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

Castle Howard

Castle Howard

Ooh look, another one.

Ooh look, another one.

Staithes

Staithes

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

Haworth

Haworth

Scarborough

Scarborough

Saltaire

Saltaire

York

York

Knaresborough

Knaresborough

York

York

Not another one

Not another one

 

Ian Howard

Top Withens, Haworth. Courtesy of Ian Howard.

 

Top Withens, Haworth. Courtesy of Ian Howard.

Top Withens, Haworth. Courtesy of Ian Howard.

 

A Kestrel for a Knave

A Kestrel for a Knave

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