The Windypics Photogallery

Hello and welcome to the Windypics Photogallery. My name is Alan and I'm located in northern England and what could be probably be described as a 'Crap Weather Photographer' - note# that's 'Crap Weather' Photographer, and not crap 'Weather Photographer' - or at least I hope not!:-) I do like taking pictures in what can best be described as 'atmospheric' weather, so if you see someone standing out in the pouring rain at a heritage railway or a bus event somewhere it might well be me. If 'sunny 3/4 shots' are your thing this is probably the wrong site to visit, as I prefer to make 'photo documentaries' of my boring life and my occasional days out irrespective of what the weather and conditions are like. To quote the art critic John Ruskin: "There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather!"

The latest updates to the site include some shots from my recent visits to the '1st Halifax Vintage Bus Running Day' on Sunday 22nd of September, and the 'ELR Type 1-3 Theme Day' on Saturday 21st of September 2019. Also some images from the '2nd Great Harwood Bus Rally & Running Day' on Sunday 15th of September 2019', plus various visits to sites involved in the annual 'Heritage Open Days' event, details of these can be found in the 'recent albums' section. There are also some shots from my visits to the 'Bury Transport Museum Classic Car Rally', on the 8th of September 2019, and of course the usual 'Non-event visits to the ELR in September 2019'. Also some shots from the 'Ribble 100 & X60 9th Event' at the Museum of Transport and Heaton Park in Manchester, and a number of shots from my visit to the 'ELR West Country Weekend' on the 23rd to the 26th of August 2019, the '6th Leeds Classic BusRun Day' on Sunday 18th of August 2019 (you'll also find some more shots from visits to the 'Bacup Fire Station Open Day' and 'Thwaite Mills Classic Car Show' on that same weekend in the 'Recent Albums' section as well). The 'Rawtenstall Fire Station Open Day' on Sunday 4th of August, the usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in August 2019', the 'MTT Annual Open Day at Burscough' on Sunday 14th of July 2019, the 'The Ribble's 'On the Buses Event' on Saturday 13th of July 2019, and also all 3 days of the 'ELR Summer Diesel Gala 2019' on the 4th-5th 6th of July 2019. I also attended the 'Heaton Park Tramtastic Event' on Sunday 7th of July 2019, 'The Rawtenstall Annual Fair Dialect-i-Fest' on Saturday 6th of July 2019, the 'Redbeck Bus Rally & Running Day' at Wakefield on Sunday 30th of June 2019, the '280 Farewell Bus Running Day' on Saturday 15th of June 2019. As well as the usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in July 2019' gallery, other recent additions include some shots from the 'ELR's 1940s Weekend Day 2' on Sunday 26th of May 2019, the latest 'Windypics Walk around Hameldon and Great Hameldon Hills' to photograph the Transmitter sites up there on Sunday 12th of May 2019, plus some more shots from my recent visit to Day One of the 'KWVR Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala' on Friday 3rd of May 2019. I have also added various shots covering many other subjects to some of my galleries as well, including a photo tribute to my late friend Cliff in the 'So Long Cliffy' gallery, though there are far too many of these to list here, but clicking on the 'Recent Albums' link should bring many of these up.

The best way to view the collections on this site is by clicking on the 'slideshow' icon (a cine camera), which you will find on the upper toolbar in each gallery, and then clicking on the two 'opposing diagonal arrows' at the top right of the screen, this will play a full screen slideshow automatically.

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Also back and now in html format is the essential 'A Guide to Windyspeak' page which gives a lighthearted explanation of some of the strange terms and jargon used on this site. Also, check the bottom of this page for a Piwigo referral code.



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