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20th March 2015 at 9:33am was a day long remembered in Leeds for me, as we had a near total Solar Eclipse…another ‘Bucket List’ photography moment. It was an event I’ve had on my radar for a quite some years, ever since I discovered it on the Nasa Eclipse website, where they had a great map showing it’s path across the UK with its totality over the Faroe Islands and the Yorkshire region enjoying a 90% eclipse. I had looked into travelling to the Islands and also the northern tips of Scotland but decided I wanted to witness it in my hometown, which I’m so glad I did as Scotland and the Islands had dense cloud cover. Instead I opted for finding a high vantage point within the city and having done quite a few scouting missions to find the right spot and angle for some nice views across Leeds, I found the Leeds General Infirmary was that ideal spot for me and went about getting permission through lots of emails to use their Roof Garden which I’m greatly thankful for.
On the actual day I’d got in work quite early, allowing me to take a few hours break of my own time to capture the event, but like Scotland, Leeds also had a cover of cloud, but it wasn’t thick enough to stop us getting a great view of the solar eclipse through some lovely breaks in the clouds. As 9:33 approached the skies greyed and a dawn-like chill came into the air as the moon crossed in front of the sun, and just at that moment the clouds thickened with only a few glimpses of the eclipse through breaks in the cloud.
…A day long remembered
Hello sunbeam! Sorry it had to be done, it did look like a vast smile radiating across the heavens of Leeds
I’ve done other posts on the beauty of my local Roundhay Park and it’s walks, but I never thought I’d go there and find a hidden gem of a walk I’ve never ventured before. Most visitors tend to stick to the lakes and walk around it feeding the many swans, ducks and geese, or relax in the tranquil and wonderful lakeside cafe with a tea and scone…which is a gem in itself. But we seldom ever venture deeper into the woods, but recently Wifey and I did just that with the dog, into area called The Gorge. This area is somewhat hidden behind the Castle Keep to the north of Waterloo Lake, but it does offer one the most beautiful loop walks at Roundhay with the Great Head’s Beck running through it with countless wooden footbridges crisscrossing it as you venture through the Gorge. It eventually leads you to the most quaint Yorkshire stone bridge at its pinnacle.
Dogs Mouth Spring.
For me…the gem of this walk was its hidden Dogs Mouth ‘natural’ Spring …the water tasted like no water I’ve ever tasted before, sharp, clean and so fresh with its lovely icy tinge… Cleansing for the liver I’m sure.