Monday, 8 July 2013

The beauty of… Stoke?

I may be slightly guilty of exaggerating Stoke-on-Trent's reputation as an unmitigated urban hellhole, just by taking pictures like these. But there's beauty there too, such as at Trentham Gardens, formerly the seat of some posh exploitative aristocratic mine-owners, and now a private pleasure gardens complete with a 'Monkey Forest'. Spotting the occasional depressed-looking simian huddled up against the fence, I find it hard to remember which is the most miserable.

But yesterday I took a stroll in the relentless searing heat and took pretty pictures: of flowers and trees and herons. See them all here, or click to enlarge these favourites.

A trout in the Trent!


Gosling feeding


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