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Photo Essay: Lytham Hall


Following on from my Good Friday foray to Heron’s Reach, Easter Sunday saw me take the service 3 to town and the service 11 to Lytham for a nice trip to Lytham Hall, where I knew that things would be buzzing. Buy an adult day pass for seamless bus interchange and a substantial discount on walk up fares, a family pass is also available.

It’s getting to be a substantial walk between Lytham centre and the Hall for me nowadays, but once through the main gates it’s all really rather pleasant and the distance soon passes. On approaching, as I expected, the place was crowded.

I’ve photographed the hall several times before and of course there are those classic shots. Time therefore to try and home in on some closer detail. I’d taken the medium format Yashica 635 with a single 12 exposure roll, going down to eleven after I double wound after taking the hall under trees, which is better then double exposing thus losing two taken frames. The small number of frames available means more focus on what to choose to take.

The Easter theme was evident and there seemed to be a children’s egg hunt going on. It was good to see entire families out enjoying this together.

I wound up at the boating lake and used my last frame. Packing the camera, I plucked out my A5 hardback sketchbook and pencils and sketched the lake. The fountain didn’t come out all that well and the scan seems to have removed a bit more of it. Despite this, I was reasoably pleased with my effort. The main thing was the peace of just sitting there quietly skething, surrounded by beautiful trees, placid water and birds.

Back at the hall, both the tea room and the snack caravan were severely crowded, a good problem for them to have. I elected to walk back to Lytham and see if I could get a snack there, calculating that I had enough blood sugar and certainly belly fat, left to do this. I ended up in Nero, other coffee places are available.

Eyeing the bus app, it was soon time to get the service 11 back to Blackpool and the service 4 home. A very pleasant day out.

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