Lead, Shining Light (Gresty’s Waste, Kelsall, Cheshire West

Lead, Shining Light (Gresty Waste, Kelsall)

There is a little car park, called Gresty’s Waste, on the A54 Chester road on the outskirts of the village of Kelsall. It’s on the very edge of Delamere Forest. Today the sun was shining and I stopped off to see how the autumn colour was doing. As I stepped into the wood, a shaft of light pierced the shadows and lit up this little tree.

It wasn’t until got home and downloaded the image, that I realised there was a number of “rainbows” within the shaft of light. I’ve never experienced such a sight but I’m so glad I was in the woods when the sunlight hit the tree.

It will be appearing on my Instagram feed later today.


Shutlingsloe, the Matterhorn of Cheshire


Shutlingsloe is a hill of 506 metre’s height (1,660 feet) on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Wildboarclough is in its shadow but the best views are from the A54 Congleton to Buxton road beyond The Rose & Crown inn, which is where this photograph was taken using my X-Pro2. It is a grand hill to walk up and take in the views over the Cheshire Plain using paths from Wildboarclough. Once atop the hill there are wonderful panorama’s; The Roaches at Upper Hulme can be seen; Tegg’s Nose, above Macclesfield, can also be seen.

Those of you who might wish to make the climb should use Ordnance Survey Map OL24, which covers much of the Peak District National Park.

The Matterhorn of Cheshire? Well, there’s a very slight resemblance with the Swiss Matterhorn from certain angles, including the one above. Climb it and enjoy it…


Autumn, Storeton Woods, Prenton, Wirral

It’s great to be back at The Fuji Freak blog especially now autumn is here, or Fall, as my American friends would say. It’s my favourite part of the year followed by winter and spring.

Today, 16 October 2017, is exactly thirty years since the last catastrophic hurricane to find landfall in the United Kingdom. Southern England took the brunt of the winds then. Now, what was Hurricane Ophelia, has struck in the Republic of Ireland, through Northern Ireland, across the Irish Sea to south-west Scotland and into Wales. As I write this post the wind is rattling the windows in my house and it looks like it might be a sleepless night. There are going to be causalities; there are already three fatalities in the Republic of Ireland and untold damage.

I took this photograph this afternoon just as the wind started to strengthen. The skies were blue, the sun shining brightly onto Storeton Woods in Prenton, Merseyside. In fact, it was one of the only days this year with sufficient sunshine to get a few good images in the bag. The image was made using my go-to Fujifim X-Pro2, a superb camera, with a 14mm Fujinon on the front; quite the best I have ever used… and that’s a lot of camera’s! Post-processing was done in Lightroom v.6.9.