A cormorant perched on a limb of a sumberged tree at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park on the 18th of January
On the 25th of January the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway’s Fence2Fence team cleared away vegetation from the side of the railway line to improve the visibility when undertaking shunting manoeuvres at Tanllan Carriage Shed .
A red kite seen against a clear blue sky while walking along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal on 7th February.
On 16th of February after several days of heavy rain, delivered by Winter Storm Dennis, the River Banwy, which flows alongside the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway was in flood.
The chart below shows the water level in the River Banwy at the Llanerfyl Gauging Station that morning. There is a time lag between the peak water level being measured there and it arriving where the river runs alongside the railway.
Data obtained from <https://rivers-and-seas.naturalresources.wales/Station/2062?parameterType=1>
The diminutive steam locomotive Peter Pan, ‘Wren’ class engine, built by Kerr Stuart & Co Ltd in Stoke on Trent in 1920 blows steam out of the safety valves during a steam test being carried out for the insurance company’s Boiler Inspector on 3rd of March. It had just been overhauled and fitted with a brand new boiler and water tank.
Blackheaded gull seen at Wilstone Reservoir on 17th of March. This site is part of a group of reservoirs that supply water to the Grand Union Canal.
With Britain in the grip of ‘Lockdown’ this picture of the setting sun was captured on the 8th of April through the branches of a tree along side the main road near my house.
This was such a lucky shot and probbaly my best picture of the year. On the 8th of April I was using the garden shed as a bird hide to photograph sparrows using the feeders. I glanced up overthe top of the door and saw this goldfinch less than ten feet away.
A bright spring day, 6th of May, and two sparrows are sitting on the top of the garden hedge and waiting for an oportunity to get their turn on one of the brid feeders.
Horsing around at Southcourt Stud on 17th May.
Black and white modes of transportseen on the 7th of June.
While out for a walk on the 9th 0f June I saw several Marbled White butterflies.
If I leaned anything during this year it was how many footpaths there were so close to home. While wandering on 8th of July I was wondering if I was about to get a soaking.
At last an oportunity to get back to Wales for a weekend working on the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway. The locomotive we have hired from the Zillertalbahn Railway in Austria is seen at Mill Curves on 25th July.
I had another couple of days at the W&LLR in August. On the Saturday 15th I took my car to Cyfronydd and then walked down to Brynelin Viaduct.
An early morning walk on the 8th of August and near Church Lock a flight of swallows were feeding from the surface of the canal. This one had created quite splash.
The sunset on 5th of September.
A faint moon seen through the wires of the electricity grid lines during broad daylight on the 6th of September.
On the 23rd of October a jackdaw was perched on our TV aerial.
Squirrel’s breakfast time captured on the 9th of October.
The 5th of November was a bright and sunny day. All Saints Chuch, built of honey coloured stones stands tall among the surrounding buildings.
Early on the 22nd of Novmber I went out intending to photograph the sunrise. That was a bit disappointing but the mist laying in the Ouzel Valley provided some wonderful pictures.
There is a field near my home where a number of scruffy, seemingly dejected ponies live. On the 22nd of December someone had just arrived to bring them some food and this pair started romping around and having a game of chase.
A few minutes later at the same location a Class 88 Electro-diesel 88 004 ‘Pandora’ was seen heading north along the West Coast Main Line with a train of new cars and vans. Do you get the feeling that 2020 was the year we got too nosey and dared to lift the lid on Pandora’s box ?