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 visit to '280 Farewell Bus Running Day' on Saturday 15th of June 2019, plus the usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in June 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 usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in May 2019' gallery, my recent visit to Day One of the 'KWVR Diesel & Mixed Traffic Gala' on Friday 3rd of May 2019, the 'Ellenroad Classic Car & Vintage Vehicle Show' on Sunday 5th of May 2019, the 'Skipton Waterway Festival' on Monday 6th of May 2019, the 'Ribble Steam Railway's Spring Steam Gala' on Sunday 28th of April 2019, and the '65th UK Coach Rally at Blackpool' in April 2019. Also some shots from my usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in April 2019' gallery, and some shots from Day One of the 'Ribble Steam Railway Spring Diesel Gala' on Saturday 23rd of March 2019. There are also older images from Day Three of the 'East Lancashire Railway Spring Steam Gala 2019' on Sunday 10th of March 2019, Day One of the 'Keighley & Worth Valley Spring Steam Gala 2019', on Friday 8th of March 2019, some additions to my 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in March 2019' gallery, some shots of 'Rawtenstall's New Bus Station Taking Shape at Long Last', plus a visit to my first event of the year, the 'ELR Sulzer Theme Day' on Saturday 16th of February 2019. There is also the usual 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in February 2019', some shots of the 'Porsche Club GB visit to Bury Transport Museum', some additions to the ever growing 'More Crap in the River Irwell Gallery', a collection of 'Non-event visits to the ELR in December 2018' plus a few shots of the 'Northern Belle Dining Train Railtour', passing through Rochdale Station on the 20th of December 2018. Also some shots of the 'Pennine Moors Explorer Railtour' on Saturday 8th of December 2018, plus a visit to the 'GMTS Christmas Cracker Event' at Boyle Street in Manchester, and the 'ELR 2018 Santa Specials' in November and December 2018. 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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