One of the reminders of the industrial revolution comes in the form of the canals and waterways that criss-cross the countryside.
These waterways once carried the raw materials and finished goods around the cities and towns and out to the ports for onward movement.
Canals these days are used for much more sedate purposes, leisure craft mainly along with the odd working narrowboat.
This first shot was taken on the Leeds Liverpool Canal near Gathurst to the north of the town of Wigan on an overcast and calm day. The trees and nature that grow on the banks of the canal make it a wonderful place to explore.
Of course, the canal always looks better in the sunshine and this next image was taken on the Leeds Liverpool Canal up near New Springs just after the summit of the Wigan Flight of Locks.
The warm sun and still waters make for an idyllic view.
I mentioned the Wigan Flight of Locks, and this next image is taken roughly halfway up the climb - the canal uses a collection of locks to navigate and climb the contours of the land.
The overhead stormy clouds look ready to empty their rain and the water looks ready to receive it.