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Photo-a-Day  (Saturday, 9th January, 2021)

White Wigan

White Wigan
A little girl and her dog make friends with a snowman in Mesnes Park.

Photo: Frank Orrell  (Nikon D90)
Views: 2,099

Comment by: Poet on 9th January 2021 at 01:13

An absolutely life affirming photo . What a great year 2021 is going to be . Good work Frank.

Comment by: Alan on 9th January 2021 at 07:35

Most of the snow has now gone, thankfully.

Comment by: Arthur on 9th January 2021 at 07:42

Nothing wrong with the quality of that photo Frank, the Evening Post and Chronicle would have been proud for its readers to see that. Great photo.
Frank did the paper ever print colour?

Comment by: Garry on 9th January 2021 at 07:46

Now that's a beautiful photo and very appropriate at this time of year.

Comment by: Linma on 9th January 2021 at 07:54


Comment by: Julie on 9th January 2021 at 08:25

That's lovely and cute with the little dog all wrapped up to.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 9th January 2021 at 08:44

What a lovely photo of the little girl and her dog! As with the Haigh Hall photo yesterday, Wigan Park will always be a Summer memory for me because that's when I went with my parents on Sunday afternoons, but I can remember sitting by the coal fire in our little terraced house in Ince on Winter nights and imagining Sir Francis Sharp Powell sitting in the icy darkness! The snowman will be gone before long but the park and the cafe and Sir Francis with his "gold" shoe will hopefully be here for many years for future children to rub and make a wish. I hope all their wishes come true.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th January 2021 at 08:47

A lovely photo, reminds me of my granddaughter and her little dog. She has wooley 'jackets' for Mabs. The dog looks puzzled, probably never seen snow before.

Comment by: Mick on 9th January 2021 at 08:52

Im seeing lots of snowmen this year when Im out and about around Wigan, but very few of the have traditional carrot noses.

Comment by: Pw on 9th January 2021 at 08:54

Nice to see a happy photo.

Comment by: DTease on 9th January 2021 at 09:03

A child, a dog and a snowman, everything you need for a great photo.
I don’t know who the child is but what a great photo to keep and look back on when she is older.
Well done Frank.

Comment by: Colin Harlow. on 9th January 2021 at 09:52

Lovely happy photo Frank, a good smile is what we all need right now.
Very clear colourful photo.

Comment by: Gary on 9th January 2021 at 09:58

The expression on the dog's face is priceless!

Comment by: Tommy T on 9th January 2021 at 10:15

I like that one, good one Frank.

Comment by: Dave (Oy) on 9th January 2021 at 11:19

A perfect press photo that has all the elements of where, what, who and when :) You've done this before haha! :)

Comment by: Jack on 9th January 2021 at 11:30

Nice photo Frank. When I was the little girls age many years ago, we were not even allowed on the grass in that part of the park .If ever we did stray on we always seemed to get caught by the park keeper.

Comment by: Veronica on 9th January 2021 at 12:17

I agree with the comment regarding the grass. Even now I am apprehensive about walking on the lawn in my garden In Winter. Back in the past in the park , instinct stopped you walking on the grass, not just the park keeper and the signs.
It seems to stay with you and goes against the grain. Mind you high heels can help to aerate the grass, just a pity I can't walk in them anymore!

Comment by: Pat McC on 9th January 2021 at 13:39

A wintry scene, but the smile on the little girl's face says it all - she's enjoying the snow.
A snowman joke - courtesy of my grandson -
One snowman asks the other "can you smell carrots?"

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 9th January 2021 at 15:54

Thanks everybody. The little girl was with her grandma and was happy for me to take the picture. During most of my newspaper photography life there was no problem with approaching children on their own to take their picture but towards the end we weren't allowed this approach and sometimes even with permission to take the picture we couldn't take names for the captions. In the early days the Post and Chronicle ran a feature called "Lancashire Lass" and photographers would roam the streets looking for a pretty girl to snap. We would pose the girls there and then and most were quite willing to do this. We would probably get accused of sexual harassment with that approach now. As regards colour pictures in the Post and Chronicle Arthur, I don't remember the paper ever printing colour and it wasn't until we amalgamated with the Wigan Observer in the early 1980s that the first colour pictures appeared. Like a couple of people have already remarked about the reproduction quality in the paper, if we had done colour pictures they would probably have come out like green pea soup.

Comment by: Arthur on 9th January 2021 at 16:59

HA HA thanks Frank, well your photos are not pea green soup, they are perfect. thanks.

Comment by: Edna on 9th January 2021 at 18:05

This is a lovely photo, thank you.Lovely for the little girl, and her family to look back on.

Comment by: Geoff Hemsley on 9th January 2021 at 18:45

Fantastic Photo, Lots of character. the Café in the background looks like its from an old painting. its great to see kids outdoors enjoying sure Boris wouldn't be happy about not social distancing from the snowman but who cares !!! Good to see others getting out walking around enjoying the Park and the snow

Comment by: Cyril on 9th January 2021 at 19:23

Agree, it's a wonderful clear photo of an unchanged scene.

Wonder if they named the snowman King Harold, as he looks to have been shot in the right eye with an arrow, his left eye looks to be an old fig.

Comment by: Frank Orrell on 9th January 2021 at 19:56

Good one Pat McC.
What do you sing to a snowman on his birthday?
"Freeze a jolly good fellow".

Comment by: Mick on 9th January 2021 at 22:50

Cyril I dont think his eye looks like an old fig, to me it looks like its made with full dog muck bag

Comment by: Poet on 9th January 2021 at 22:53

The young lady holds that snowball like Jeff Thompson about to deliver a leg cutter .

Comment by: Cyril on 10th January 2021 at 15:52

You may well be correct Mick, with green tie handles too perhaps, though the mind boggles as to why they should have stuck that on, or maybe a dog walker stuck it there as an inane joke instead of them taking the trouble of finding a bin.

Comment by: Veronica on 10th January 2021 at 16:40

I don't think you would find a piece of coal these days for the snowman's eye. Looking closer I have to say it does look like a piece of plastic wrapped around something - whether it's noxious or not I can't say.
It's still a beauty of a photograph.

Comment by: DTease on 11th January 2021 at 09:22

“Freeze a jolly good fellow”. Good grief Frank! I can see why you went for photography and binned the career as a comedian.
Whatever you do Frank make sure you never get abandoned on a desert island with Pat McC. You wouldn’t survive the first week!

Comment by: Veronica on 11th January 2021 at 10:45

Dtease if you joined them on the desert island that would save the day - I could see lots of frolicking! :o)

Comment by: DTease on 11th January 2021 at 15:34

Likes a good frolic I does Veronica.
I must admit though I have raised many a groan myself over the years. They wouldn’t let me near the Christmas Crackers this year.

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