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The Black Country has miles of canals. These water filled channels, cut through the Black Country in the 18th century provided a means of transport at the beginning of the industrial revolution. Now they are used for recreational purposes and by narrowboats traders.

People in the Black Country often refer to the canals as the cut, a term that goes back to their 18th century origins. This cut is the Birmingham canal at Tipton. The building you can see on the right side of the locks is a weighing station, where narrowboats were once checked to see what load they were carrying or could carry.

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The canals now offer me picturesque scenes like this one to photograph and they are kept looking nice by a civil society group called the ‘Friends of Tipton Cut’. They were painting bridges, as well as clearing litter last week.

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Narrowboats always add interest to the scene and in this picture a Banks’s pub sign dominates the view.

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People can add interest to a landscape too. The light was quite harsh when I took these photos, but they came out much better than the first photos I took with a new DSLR around the same location in similar light. Experience matters!

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Local people will recognise the canal side pub as the Barge and Barrel. It looked quite busy last Sunday as people enjoyed a drink outside in the sun.

There will be lots of opportunities for photography now spring is here, so go out and see what your area offers. You can just see a keyboard in the last picture painted on the railways bridge.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Mike, What beautiful, sunny photos. Your photography highlights the beauty of the area and makes it seem so inviting.

    If I were to pick a favourite this week, I would pick the top one. The geometric aspects to the photo combined with the beauty of nature really draw me in.

    May 10, 2015 at 23:37

  2. Hi Carolyn,

    I liked this photos. I’m having problems with landscapes, now the leaves are back on the trees. The landscape can seem like a sea of green. I have to look for colour now to break it up. I did go back to that canal yesterday and got closer to those narrowboats. I have some summer photo-shoots lined up. Narrow-boat events, a classic car show, a drive with lots of horses and carts and the Carnival. Those should provide some colour! The river is lined with millions of flowers now, so I’ll photograph that floral display tomorrow! 🙂

    May 11, 2015 at 10:15

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