Watergate Forest Park ~ October 2022

Sophie and I had our last outing for a while at the end of October, and we went to visit a park in Gateshead to see some Autumn colour, hopefully at least.

The Watergate Colliery pictured at the top there, started out in the 1800’s, and was finally shutdown in 1917. Unlike Washington, which as we saw last week got it’s own museum, Watergate was left alone until reclamation work began in the 1990’s, and the site was transformed into a recreational park having a series of trails and paths that take you through woodland, around the lake and through wildflower meadows.

It was a bit chilly, but still a nice day with some sunshine now and again, and we did get some autumn colours. I had my Fuji and my contax with me but have yet to finish the roll on that, so here are the few I took with the Fuji.

Details of a memorial to the miners.
a deer on the edge of the forest
Sunshine and doomcloud!
“Dancing of the autumn leaves on a surface of a lake is a dream we see when we are awake.” Mehmet Murat Ildan
“There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen, as if it could not be, as if it had not been.” Percy Bysshe Shelly
“Autumn mornings: sunshine and crisp air, birds and calmness, year’s end and day’s beginnings.” Terri Guillemets

Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. Michael Caine

“Look with open eyes, and you will see the beauty of the waterfall.” Anthony Hincks
How beautifully leaves grow old. How full of light and color are their last days. – John Burroughs

So there we are. Not sure if Autumn has gone and Winter arrived yet, I can’t tell because of all the bliddy rain we’re having, and the forecast is for 2 weeks of it!

Stay tooned dear reader!

📷 😊

43 thoughts on “Watergate Forest Park ~ October 2022

  1. When I feel like whining and complaining about my work, I try to think of people who have/had really difficult and dangerous job – like shoveling coal underground. Puts answering annoying emails from the boss in perspective.

    I love that they made it a park, and love those great shots of the snow white swan. I’ve only seen a few in real life, and they’re gorgeous.

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  2. Loved those close ups of the mallard, but the photo that really did it for me was sunshine and doom cloud. I’ve always loved witnessing that combination when it happens. The contrast is gorgeous!

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  3. Jolly fine pictures Fraggle. Autumn indeed. Over here we had our first night frost AND even snow! Wet snow, I must add, half rain half slushy white stuff, but still. I was in a company with also little children and they squeeked like exited mice: Sneeuw, sneeuw! (pronounced: snaiwww 🙂 ) And I felt like being 3 years old again myself.

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