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Dusk at Windmill End, Bumble Hole Nature Reserve.

Windmill End.

Dusk and the Blue Hour at Windmill End, Bumblehole Nature Reserve, Netherton.

The beauty of the Blue Hour.

We have moved again. This time we have gone through the Netherton Tunnel (built as a by-pass to the single-width Dudley Tunnel). After half-an-hour under the hill, we emerge into the wonderfully named Bumble Hole Nature Reserve and Warrens Hall Nature Reserve. This was once a thriving mining area and this would have been a busy crossroads. Captured at dusk, Windmill End Junction now presents a peaceful scene.

Under the bridge to the right is the remains of the BCN Boshboil Branch. It had a couple of arms of its own and connected with the BCN Bumblehole Branch forming a loop the rejoined the canal ahead. The canal in the foreground is the BCN Netherton Tunnel Branch, leading to the tunnel just behind the camera. To the left and straight ahead is the BCN Dudley No 2 Canal. To the left originally went to a junction at Selly Oak on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. It now terminates at Hawne Basin, but restoration of the derelict section is planned. Straight ahead leads to the bottom of the 3 Parkhead Locks, where it joins up with the BCN Dudley No 1 Canal near the southern portal of the original tunnel.

Photograph Details:

  • Taken: 27 Jan 2020
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm 1:4 L II USM
  • Focal Length 20mm
  • F/9
  • 30 Sec
  • ISO 100

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