It was the annual Brazilica festival last week - finishing on Saturday with the carnival parade through the streets of Liverpool.

I really enjoy this event. Always a great chance to catch up with the photographers I only usually know on Facebook and Flickr. And I love the noise of all the drums.

Its going to be a great few weeks in Liverpool - Brazilica, the Giants and Pride all on consecutive weekends.

The Russian Orthodox Chapel in Rake Lane, Wallasey

Rake Lane Cemetary has always been one of my favourite photo spots. It has lots of dramatic old headstones and a mysterious derelict chapel in the center.

image

A few years ago the Russian Orthodox church took over the chapel from the council (who were pretty glad to be rid of it as it was derelict and becoming a liability) and renovated it. It now has surprisingly healthy congregation despite the lack of seating.

There was a dramatic sky tonight so I went to the cemetary to take some photos. As I was leaving I met Father Paul who opened the place up for me to take a look around.

image

image

Father Paul is a convert to the Russian Orthodox Church from the Church of England. He said one of the reasons for his conversion was the Russian Orthodox services which were contemplative and beautiful.

image

We went for a walk on Bidston Hill today (no camera - only the phone). I’ve been up there hundreds of times but never seen the windmill open to the public. 

We only had a quick look inside as my daughter was too little to go up the steps. The volunteers from the Friends of Bidston Hill also pointed us towards the lighthouse which was also open today.

I had no idea there was a lighthouse on Bidston Hill. It was used in conjunction with the Leasowe Lighthouse you can just about see in the last pic for ships coming in from the Irish Sea to line up on.

Back in the day (1770 -) the lighthouse keepers would watch for ships coming in then use a series of flagpoles on top of Bidston Hill to signal to the dock managers in Liverpool what ships were coming in so they could prepare the docks and hire crews.

Some interesting stuff..

  • It is the furthest lighthouse from the sea in the UK (possibly anywhere) at 2 miles.
  • The windows are marked with bullet holes that have appeared since 2000 (from high powered rifles judging by the angles of impact)
  • There is a spot marked on the floor in the lighthouse chamber where, if you stand and speak, your voice is reflected back in phase and sounds incredibly loud.


Go next time its open! The windmill is open on the first Saturday of the month through the summer. In winter the bats have priority.

Friends of Bidston Hill

Wiki

On top of Glyder Fach, looking towards Glyder Fawr from a great day of walking and scrambling. Snowdon is in the background on the left. Rock structure in the foreground is Castell y Gwynt (Castle of Winds) with the Gribbin ridge leading off to the right. http://richardcooper.photography

Stormy skies, summer light and a rainbow over the Mersey last night. Love it!

Kite-surfers around Wallasey. They’re out whatever the weather - this was one of the couple of days a year I didn’t think they were nuts!

Saturday afternoon in Liverpool

Great light over Liverpool this evening

Some shots of the Queen Victoria’s visit to Liverpool this weekend.