Preston in the Picture: On our doorstep
It’s sometimes easy to forget just how close you are to the countryside in Preston. Wherever you are in the city, it’s not too far to some great countryside. As a boy I used to ride out into the countryside regularly. I can remember one expedition that took three intrepid youngsters to Lytham on pushbikes only for one of us to get a puncture miles from home. With no puncture repair kit, no money and the light fading fast we made our way to the local police station to explain our predicament. After a bit of a lecture we were made to sit and wait while parents were dispatched from Preston on the bus – we didn’t own a car at that time and neither did the other parents. Needless to say we were in big trouble.
Other trips into the countryside often took us up Lea Road – one friend in particular used to collect birds’ eggs so that was one of the reasons we’d head out – it’s probably illegal now but it was an innocent interest in nature at the time. This photograph was taken on Bartle Lane, just off Lea Road and it was a very pleasant summer’s evening that brought back pleasant memories. It’s nice to be reminded sometimes that you don’t have to travel too far to experience the gorgeous Lancashire countryside.
Photo: Nikon D700, 16-35mm f8 1/125
Paul Melling [paulmellingphotography]