Summer Walk No 12 - Ouseburn to Newcastle Quayside,Tuesday 20th August 2013.

On Tuesday 20th August 2013, the penultimate visit on the Summer Programme saw club members meet at Spillars Wharf
on the Newcastle Quayside for a riverside walk along the Tyne.
Leaving the Cycle Hub car park we crossed the Ouseburn where it enters the river & made our way down to the promenade
where a small flotilla of colourful wooden boats belonging to the Ouseburn Boat Club were photographed at their moorings.

The water level was quite high on the river as we headed west towards the busy quayside area where cyclists, fishermen,
runners, visitors and tourists were enjoying the evening sunshine. Two pieces of public art then attracted the attention of
members as they captured The Blacksmiths Needle, a forged steel column of objects relating to the six senses & The Swirle
Pavillion, a stone & metal folly where the steel globe represents the final destinations of ships run by famous Tyne Shipping Companies of the past. This structure stands above The Pavillion, a hidden river that flows under the streets into the Tyne.

Moving on, the next hour was spent people watching and exploring the surrounding area with the Pitcher and Piano, The
Millennium Bridge, The Baltic & the Bridges of the Tyne all being photographed before we made our way across the river &
up to The Sage Building. Opened in 2004 this musical education, performance and conference centre has become another
piece of iconic architecture on the Newcastle Riverside. Camera club members entered the building where the shape,lines
and the stunning interior would make for a full evening of photography on its own. Helpful staff then took us into several
of the performance halls before we were ejected so it could close.

Out onto the viewing area the light had faded and the Millennium Bridge was illuminated with changing coloured lights so
tripods and long exposures formed the next part of the evening. Crossing the " Blinking Eye " bridge we returned to the
north side of the river and continued with some low light and evening shots of the surrounding buildings. A slow walk then
took us back to the starting point where another successful photography evening was concluded with a cool drink as we
sat outside The Tyne public house on the Ouseburn. Thank you to everyone who contributed to a good night.

Davy Bolam.