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photoblog image Towards Piper Wood

Towards Piper Wood

I've popped extra postings in today and tomorrow which have nothing to do with my current Mono series.  I took the photos for these two panoramas last week on my compact and this is the first time I have had a go at stitching, here using Elements 4. The top image had 7 shots and the lower one 5 shots.

This lovely North Leicestershire countryside is less than 5 minutes walk from my house. The wood is called Piper Wood, most of the land is high grade farm land, and lots of people enjoy walking here at all times of the year.

Now for the sad bit. This land is owned by the local Squire (yes we have one of those.)  If he gets his way all of this will be turned into two golf courses, the farm buildings on the left of the top picture will be demolished to build a golf academy, and to the right of the wood will be a 200 bedroom hotel and conference centre. Needless to say the people of Shepshed are not happy about this but no doubt the local council will give him the go-ahead. The only consolation will be that presumably it will not then be available to cover in all these houses Gordon Brown reckons we are going to need.

Towards Piper Wood

I've popped extra postings in today and tomorrow which have nothing to do with my current Mono series.  I took the photos for these two panoramas last week on my compact and this is the first time I have had a go at stitching, here using Elements 4. The top image had 7 shots and the lower one 5 shots.

This lovely North Leicestershire countryside is less than 5 minutes walk from my house. The wood is called Piper Wood, most of the land is high grade farm land, and lots of people enjoy walking here at all times of the year.

Now for the sad bit. This land is owned by the local Squire (yes we have one of those.)  If he gets his way all of this will be turned into two golf courses, the farm buildings on the left of the top picture will be demolished to build a golf academy, and to the right of the wood will be a 200 bedroom hotel and conference centre. Needless to say the people of Shepshed are not happy about this but no doubt the local council will give him the go-ahead. The only consolation will be that presumably it will not then be available to cover in all these houses Gordon Brown reckons we are going to need.

comments (9)

  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 Mar 2009, 00:56
Do what happens in Australia, get the environmentalists active, demand an ecological impact study, then find a endangered species be it flora and Fauna, swamp him in paperwork, he may change is mind but l imagine he stands to make a great deal of money and it wont be easy.
Brian Walbey: The sad thing is zed this chap owns a lot more ground nearby on which the local council want to build 3,500 houses to meet government guidelines!!!!!
Both panoramas are very well done Brian.
What happens at yours is called progress I suppose! What a pity.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Richard, just the start I'm afraid, the local council wants to build 3,500 houses near here as well.
We don't need any more golf courses really and the planners seem to delight in building in the worst possible places.
Brian Walbey: Apparently most of the numerous golf clubs in the district are under-subscribed. Thanks for your comment Bill.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Mar 2009, 15:47
Fair point, Brian; better a golf course than a housing estate. I hope neither ever happens but backhanders do get round any planning rules.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan, our local m"squire" is held in awe by some of our local councillors I suspect, say no more.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Mar 2009, 16:18
This is fine work Brian: well done
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment chris.
Nicely done - A golf resort !!! Another one....
Brian Walbey: Thanks zeb, we need another golf course like I need a hole in my head.
They look good to me Brian.. The method will come in handy at times. I've only tried it a couple of times..but I will do more. Well done.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ron,I might try some more, we have a nice outlook from one side of the village further along from this picture.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Mar 2009, 03:25
Golf courses...I like the place just the way it is.

Nice pano's Brian.
Brian Walbey: Most of the locals like the place as it is also Ray. Thanks for your comment.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 16 Mar 2009, 14:19
I'm envious of the landscapes people in the UK get to see! I love panoramas, and I really like the one on the bottom. You've framed it very well with the tree on the right. Its a pity you can't get to enjoy full blown-out panoramas on here... its too scaled down.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Mia, in reality a print of this would be extremely long, I just go down the road and look at the real thing sometimes.

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