The Windypics Photogallery

Hello and welcome to the Windypics Photoarchive. 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!" People often ask "Why Windypics?", well it was just a pun on my surname, but it's somewhat ironic that the only type of weather that I really don't like taking photographs in is the really windy weather, as it's very hard to hold your camera steady in such conditions, so maybe I should have named it 'Wetpics' instead :-)

To view the latest updates to the site just click on the yellow links, which include some shots from the 'Northern Belle Dining Train passing through Accrington', plus some shots from the 'Launch of Transdev's new super-duper fleet of X43 Witch Way buses' on Sunday 13th of December 2020, and my latest series of 'Alan's Lockdown Walks around the area', which I do to save my sanity during the current railway drought. Also lots of shots of my latest regular 'Non-event visits to the ELR in November 2020', and my 'Non-event visits to the ELR in October 2020'. Also, my short trip to catch the mighty A1 Pacific 'Tornado on its Ticket to Ride Railtour' as it passed through Rochdale, plus some shots from my recent: 'Non-event visits to the ELR in September 2020'. Also some shots from my 'Crook Hill Wind Farm Walk' on Monday 22nd of June 2020, and my almost daily 'Alan's Lockdown Walks', which took place almost daily throughout June, July and August 2020, and again in October and November. Earlier collections include some shots from my visit to see the Branch Line Society's 'The Eric and Ernie Railtour passing through Accrington' on Sunday 15th of March 2020, and some shots from the 'ELR Spring Steam Gala Day Three' on Sunday 8th of March 2020. Also, the 'Keighley & Worth Valley Spring Steam Gala 2020 Day One' on Friday 6th of March 2020, and the 'HMS Prince of Wales visit to Liverpool' in March 2020. Also some shots of the 'Cotton Mill Express Railtour' as it toured around the area on Saturday 29th of February, and some shots showing the effects of 'Storm Ciara as it hits Rossendale', plus my latest collection of images taken during my visit to 'Day One of the ELR Winter Diesel Gala 2020' on Friday 7th of February, and 'Various non-event visits to the ELR in February 2020', the 'DRS Class 20 Farewell Railtour' at Leeds on Saturday 18th of January 2020, 'Various non-event visits to the East Lancashire Railway in January 2020', plus recent visits to see the 'The West Riding - LNER HST Farewell Railtour' at Leeds. 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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