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Photo-a-Day  (Wednesday, 23rd August, 2023)

Lime Green


Lime Green
Here's a photo of the canal bridge near Haigh Hall with lime green algae or weed covering the surface of the canal.

Photo: Gill Hollis  (Samsung Galaxy A50)
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Comment by: Dave Lewis on 23rd August 2023 at 06:58

Good pic Gill, it looks like a long garden with a bunch of weeds growing on left hand side, wouldn't like fall in that.

Comment by: Irene Roberts on 23rd August 2023 at 07:47

That photo reminds me of the poem, "What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare?" Life looks very calm and unhurried there on that old bridge, and the cool shades of green all around it add to that somehow. A lovely, peaceful scene.

Comment by: Garry on 23rd August 2023 at 07:50

The green slime appears on canals during the Summer months, it's know as Cyanobacteria a toxic algae and can be harmful to people and animals. Be careful.

Comment by: Sandra on 23rd August 2023 at 07:53

Looks like a field of grass or a large lawn.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd August 2023 at 07:55

Nice to look at but surely it could do with clearing. It looks thick enough to walk on …. !
Good photo Gill.

Comment by: Malc on 23rd August 2023 at 07:58

Dangerous bacteria that's a toxic algae or slime.

Comment by: Aspuller on 23rd August 2023 at 08:03

Looks nice but can been toxic.

Comment by: Kath H on 23rd August 2023 at 08:09

Apparently it’s called Duckweed.

Comment by: PeterP on 23rd August 2023 at 08:28

I am glad some one posted the common word "Duckweed". This Algae seems more common today and if its not the Green algae its the Blue algae. On the canal would have thought boat/lock movement would have broke it up?

Comment by: Poet on 23rd August 2023 at 09:08

A nice picture Gill . The fish must think it's permanently night with that great green curtain drawn above them .
I like the Frostian dilemma of the yellow arrow .

Comment by: Helen of Troy on 23rd August 2023 at 09:11

Is this to weed that gets caught up in boat propellers ?

Comment by: Wigan Mick on 23rd August 2023 at 09:32

I kills dog if they swallow enough, so keep them out of it.

Comment by: Arthur on 23rd August 2023 at 09:44

No Helen the algae floats on top of the water.

Comment by: Dave johnson on 23rd August 2023 at 09:49

Surprised no Wiganer as described it as Nanny Green Teeth?

Comment by: Sir Bob on 23rd August 2023 at 10:41

At one time I bet that green gunge would not have grown in the canal, because the water would have been so polluted, but the water is so clean now, that Trout and Salmon could live in there now.

Comment by: frank on 23rd August 2023 at 13:16

It's chickweed.Nothing to do with nanny green teeth.That is totally different.

Comment by: Pw on 23rd August 2023 at 14:24

I don’t think chickweed grows in water.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd August 2023 at 14:41

Right Kath, it will be duckweed, and there's nowt poisonous about it, I've a small pond and it gets full of it. Some folks are even selling it on eBay at around a fiver for a few tablespoonsful.

A different and more colourful canal photo Gill, are you any relation to Jack Hollis the milk delivery man?

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd August 2023 at 15:30

There used to be a grocers shop at the bottom of Hardybutts (on Warrington Rd) I wonder if it was the same family. My mother used to shop there in the fifties. ( before supermarkets) I remember it as If it was yesterday.

Comment by: Alan on 23rd August 2023 at 15:44

Duckweed is only found in stagnant water and ponds not canals.

Comment by: Elizabeth on 23rd August 2023 at 18:03

Always called it 'nanny green teeth' growing up.

Comment by: Bruce Almighty on 23rd August 2023 at 18:57

I suppose ‘sticky bobs’ are a Wigan thing?
In t’borough?

Comment by: Tashy Brian on 23rd August 2023 at 19:00

There’s one or two posters on here that seem thick enough to walk on an all.

Comment by: Cyril on 23rd August 2023 at 20:09

Alan, nothing would grow in stagnant water as it is devoid of oxygen, Duckweed is an oxygenator and is found floating in canals as well as ponds.
Dave and Elizabeth, Nanny, or Jenny Green Teeth is an algae also called Blanketweed which grows in strands under the water usually wrapped around reeds and other plants, which can push it to the surface.
See the silly named posters with their negative comments are back!

Comment by: Pat McC on 23rd August 2023 at 20:22

Veronica - was it Pomfret's? My husband was best friends with Barry Pomfret, and they had a grocery shop in Hardybutts.

Comment by: Gill on 23rd August 2023 at 20:53

Thanks all for your comments. Oh Elizabeth I'd forgotten about nanny green teeth - that takes me back a few years! You're spot on that's exactly what we called it.

Comment by: Veronica on 23rd August 2023 at 21:59

The shop I mentioned Pat was Hollis’s grocery shop that Cyril referred to…. But the one you mention ‘Pomfret’ does ring a bell. I’ll ask about with one or two relatives. All long gone though..sadly.

Comment by: Edna on 23rd August 2023 at 22:05

Cyril, I remember Jack Holly's I thought the same when Gill put her name on. Also Veronica, Jack used to deliver milk to Maggie Greens toffee shop next door to school.Later when I got married he delivered ours as well.Nice photo Gill.

Comment by: Gill on 24th August 2023 at 08:33

Hi folks yes Jack was my lovely dad. It's good to hear some still remember him and the grocer's shop.

Comment by: Sir Bob on 24th August 2023 at 11:47

So it's "Duckweed" so is it made out of Ducks ?

Comment by: Edna on 24th August 2023 at 22:24

Gill, your dad was a real gentleman. Everyone who knew him, liked him.He was very we'll thought off.xx

Comment by: Roylew on 24th August 2023 at 22:48

We called it Ginny Green Teeth in Golborne

Comment by: Gill on 11th September 2023 at 19:36

Dear Edna thank you so much for your kind comments re my dad it's much appreciated. Sorry for the late response, will post another on another photo when I see you pop up in case you don't see this. x

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