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Groby Pool 1/5

Groby (pronounced Grooby) Pool is situated on the southern edge of the Charnwood Forest and is reputedly the largest natural expanse of open water in Leicestershire, covering 38 acres (15 ha). Groby Pool and the surrounding area are of great ecological importance and contain a wide range of plants and animals.  In recognition of this, the area was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1956.  The Pool is owned by Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited (from whom I was made redundant after 25 years in 2002) and is managed on advice from English Nature, the Government agency that helps to conserve Englands wildlife and natural features.

 

 I said recently that Photography Monthly magazine is using one of my images, currently in their online gallery, in a new publication, "The World of Photography - Volume 2".  Well the book has now been published and you can see which of my images it is here .

Groby Pool 1/5

Groby (pronounced Grooby) Pool is situated on the southern edge of the Charnwood Forest and is reputedly the largest natural expanse of open water in Leicestershire, covering 38 acres (15 ha). Groby Pool and the surrounding area are of great ecological importance and contain a wide range of plants and animals.  In recognition of this, the area was notified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1956.  The Pool is owned by Hanson Quarry Products Europe Limited (from whom I was made redundant after 25 years in 2002) and is managed on advice from English Nature, the Government agency that helps to conserve Englands wildlife and natural features.

 

 I said recently that Photography Monthly magazine is using one of my images, currently in their online gallery, in a new publication, "The World of Photography - Volume 2".  Well the book has now been published and you can see which of my images it is here .

comments (21)

This is a very nice picture Brian, a wonderful landscape.
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a lovely little spot round that way, thanks for your comment.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Nov 2011, 00:50
Lovely spot, Brian. The flimsy fence look like it is begging to be torn down.
Brian Walbey: It is Ray. I think the fence is a bit of a token gesture.
Congratulations Brian - that was a very nice waterscape- and so is this. Actually, I think I favor this one- that's how good you are! smile
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Elizabeth.
Nice composition beneath the trees and it is important to have places like this protect conservation areas such as this.... i have a membership with "Ducks Unlimited" here in CA and we raise funds to help conserve natural environments such as this....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. At least something good comes out of ex quarries and and pits after they have been worked to exhaustion.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Nov 2011, 06:41
When you say using have you been paid ?? well done with the achievement any way
Brian Walbey: Thanks vintage. No I wasn't paid, they actually let me and all the others buy a copy at half price, still at least I've got a picture out in public print.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Nov 2011, 06:44
38 acres makes a great "pool," Brian! I'm sure the animals and birds are in heaven there.

Congratulations again for your published image.
Brian Walbey: Yes there is a lot of bird life on the waters Ginnie and no doubt all sorts in the surrounding woods.
I like the positioning of the tree on the left... makes a nice semi framing
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chantal, the tree made a natural frame on that side.
  • lisl
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Nov 2011, 08:19
Congratulations - a super published picture and one which will now be enjoyed by many. I like this one very much, also
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much indeed.
  • Richard T
  • back in Leicester UK
  • 28 Nov 2011, 08:25
Blimey ... haven't been to Groby Pool for ages.
Brian Walbey: We often nip through that way for one reason or another.
It looks like a good place to wander around with the camera.
Brian Walbey: It is Sheila although quite a lot of the surrounding area is on private ground.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 28 Nov 2011, 08:54
Congratulations on the published picture Brian. We have a number of gravel extraction lakes in what is now known as the Cotswold Water Park
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Chris. Having worked for ARC/Hanson I know that a lot of pits and quarries are left after extraction but if they are restored like this then it can't be so bad. Mind you I've been down to the Head Office at Chipping Sodbury a good few times and there is just a bloomin great hole in the ground there, no water or anything.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Nov 2011, 12:01
I have heard the name Groby quite often, so I shall have to ask Steve again lol, it looks a place full of nature! smile
Congratulations on your image being picked, its very good Brian smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Linda. Groby Poll is a popular place for people to take short walks, unfortunately one can't walk all the way round.
It's reassuring to see these spots returned to nature, Brian. Lovely shot with the framing of the old tree trunk & leafy branches.

Well done, and congrats on having one of your images published in Photography Monthly.
Brian Walbey: Many thanks Beverly. These days quarrying companies in the U.K.have to landscape or infill the holes in the ground they leave behind. Mind you this one is many years old before such laws.
  • John Prior
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Nov 2011, 16:03
Well done, nice shot of the pier. Looks like an attractive lake.
Brian Walbey: Thanks John, it is a nice place to visit, especially away from the weekends.
Enhorabuena/Congratulations on the published picture. This one is great too. The British system for the protection of nature seems to be exemplary.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Juan. There are nature organisations all over the U.K.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 28 Nov 2011, 16:46
Were you their official photographer Brian. They probably thought that making you redundant would not stop you working. Congratulations on the book.
Brian Walbey: No I wasn't Chad. I was actually made redundant with about 120 others, mostly all on the same day, one of those corporate reorganisations.
Well done with the Teignmouth picture Brian...actually i like this one better!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 28 Nov 2011, 17:38
Congratulations with the published picture in the book!!
This one is delightful also.
Love the light and the scene.
Wonderful picture.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Astrid, this is only a short drive from us, how lucky can one be.
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Nov 2011, 19:21
It's good that these old gravel workings (?) are turned into something like this rather than being used for landfill. I trust that the waterfowl obey the sign and don't swim in the private area of the lake!

Well done on the publication; a lovely image.
Brian Walbey: Restoration is high on the agenda for all aggregates companies these day Alan, although this lake has been there a long time. I was pleased about the picture in the book.
A fine composition here Brian, wonderful light & colour and a slightly dreamy feel about it!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Fred, and only a short drive from our home.
Let's hope it survives this government's plans for the planning process!
Brian Walbey: I'm sure it will Tom, it's been there a long itme now.

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