Although my adopted hometown of Blantyre isn’t perhaps though of as being picturesque, it’s direct surroundings, parks and the areas around the river calder are very beautiful. Since I have been living in High Blantyre for over 10 years I have been able to explore these areas and have found them to be great subjects for photography which have rewarded repeated visits. One of those that I have photographed most often is the stretch of the River Calder from Greenhall Park down to the pond which is behind Hunthill Road, near the Barnhill Tavern. This are is maintained by a group of volunteers called the Friends of the Calder while walking along the banks of the Calder who do a great job in keeping the area safe, accessible and clear of litter. In addition to this stretch of the Calder being pretty, there is also a great abundance of wildlife, especially birds such as kingfishers, dippers, goosander, herons and mallard.
The other area that I have visited many times over with my camera is Red Lees Park and the WWII era Blantyre Ferme Anti Aircraft Gun Emplacement.