In the Grotto

By mrswoolybill
Tyneside industrialist Lord William Armstrong spent a significant chunk of his fortune landscaping his estate at Jesmond Dene.
Part of the work involved blasting away rock from the Ouseburn, which flows down through the valley, to create a waterfall. The waste rock was used to construct a Gothic grotto.
It's a surprising place, hidden away, and few people find their way to it.
The Armstrongs eventually gifted the Dene to the city of Newcastle and it is now a public park.
This was our first U3A Photography group get-together since lockdown. There were just six of us, including a Newcastle friend who gave us a guided tour, with careful distancing. A return to a sort of modified normality.
The version is Bill's photo, which happens to include me in the background, taking the main upload.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Rocks Black and white Jesmond dene Newcastle upon tyne Landscape and travel

Save 15% On Excire Foto Software With Code: EXCIRE-EP


bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
18 Aug 2020 7:46AM
light at the end of the stairs - hope

a very nice capture

mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:06AM
Thanks early birds, and thanks Ollie for the UA.
franken Plus
19 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:13AM
Interesting, Moira.
18 Aug 2020 8:28AM
Looks like a bit of a squeeze at the bottom. But then a triumphant release into light at the top.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:34AM
Interesting comments on the light at the top of the steps, it was the light on the handrail linking the two areas that grabbed my attention.
DaveRyder Plus
7 5.8k 13 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:35AM
Nice shot Moira, and the back story.
saltireblue Plus
11 12.2k 76 Norway
18 Aug 2020 8:45AM
The chalked (?) signage bottom left reminds me of the code which firefighters use of the outside of houses to show they have been searched and the '0' represents nil casualties found.
A handrail would seem to be a necessity judging by the state of those steps...
Robert51 12 7 124 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 8:47AM
Wonderful places like the one near The Roaches in the peak district. Just too far away for people to find which just adds to the place.

Great shots...
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
18 Aug 2020 8:49AM
Looks like an episode from 'Rosemary and Thyme'... well captured 😁
18 Aug 2020 9:18AM
works beautifully in mono
love the light nuances and how the handrail is bent into an arrow shape >
the chalk scribble adds importantly too
18 Aug 2020 10:07AM
An intriguing set of steps, Moira with a rather dubious bottom. (No comment.)

mac Plus
20 13 Scotland
18 Aug 2020 10:43AM
A nice gritty image echoing the stonework. I wonder what the cryptic chalk-work signifies? Good into' notes.
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1879 England
18 Aug 2020 10:48AM
A place I should revisit some time - I lived less than a mile from here for a little over a year...
kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 26 Scotland
18 Aug 2020 10:56AM
That is a rubbish game of noughts and crosses.
TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
18 Aug 2020 11:24AM
Yes, an odd place to play noughts & crosses, before ascending the steps! 😁 Does make us want to venture up there and see what's at the top. Like the viewpoint in the version 👍
Trev 😀
AlfieK Plus
4 1 1 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 11:49AM
A well chosen viewpoint. The splash of light at the top takes your eye up the steps. Great composition complete with Oxo advert.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 1:26PM
Thanks everyone, and thanks to Colleen for her UA.
I have no idea what the significance of the graffiti was. Such things are, I suspect, for initiates only.
dales Plus
5 13 Australia
18 Aug 2020 1:31PM
Fascinating location Moira , excellent lead composition , great to see you on the other side of the lens in the version with some of the team !
dark_lord Plus
17 2.8k 784 England
18 Aug 2020 2:10PM
Looks like a good place to spend taking pictures for an hour or four Smile
Daisymaye Plus
13 23 19 Canada
18 Aug 2020 2:21PM
I actually seen this in a very orderly fashion. The XO first, then the light on the stairs and handrail then up the stairs I went to the light at the top, where I seen two little eyes peering at me. And it looked like the eyes were holding a cross. The end of the railing of course.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 2:29PM
Perfect !! Excellent images great to view...
Isabel GrinGrin
18 Aug 2020 3:35PM
I like both images but particularly like the composition, light and texture in the lead image.
chase Plus
16 2.2k 583 England
18 Aug 2020 3:42PM
I see you got to the best bit Moira and a quick game of noughts and crosses whilst you waited for the others Wink
davyskid 4 2 Scotland
18 Aug 2020 8:33PM
Two great images Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
18 Aug 2020 9:22PM
Thanks again everyone, and thanks to Alfie for the UA!
18 Aug 2020 9:34PM
Beautiful and interesting set, very evocative atmosphere.


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.