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Photos taken in April in Portadown
Here are some typical photos representing Springtime in Portadown. All of the pictures on this page link to a bigger picture. Just click on any picture to see the larger image (640 x 480), and hit back on your browser to return to this page. Most of the following areas are within several miles of Portadown town centre.

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Traditional Portadown flower beds, have been reinvigorated during the recent past. Here an employee lovingly tends the early blooms, giving a positve and pleasing spectacle to the town centre.
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A strategically located safety sign, bluntly warns rail staff, and portrays the virtues of being careful. Daffodils blossom from the embankment.
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Another council tended flower bed adds a blaze of colour, to a road traffic junction, at the entrance to Bachelor's Walk, in the Seagoe area of town.
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Moneypenny's Lock
A modern walkway spans the waters at Moneypenny's Lock, about two miles from the town centre. A cycle track and walkway (part of the Ulster Way), now covers the entire 20 mile towpath of the former Portadown - Newry canal. The canal was the first summit level canal in the British Isles, opening for traffic in March 1742.
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A host of golden daffodils fills the burial ground of a long departed family, in the old graveyard at Seagoe Parish. On this site stand the remains of a historical Church, from many centuries ago
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Anglers travel from all over the world to fish the River bann in Portadown town centre. Competitions are regular occurence at weekends and holiday times, but there is always plenty of river for the amateur fisherman. Different stretches of the Bann, offer roach, perch, pike, bream, eels and rudd. There is also the occasional trout and other species.
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Further on up the river and canal towards Moneypenny's Lock, swans, ducks and other birds thrive. On my cycle journey I counted 24 swans within about 6 miles. Also several varieties of duck and a heron. Wonderful to see the wildlife thriving, and not being harmed.
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The bright orange yellow of the prickly furze bushes, tell us that winter has passed and spring is upon us. This section of rugged landscape is near Scarva, a small village outside Portadown. Scarva has one shop - which is closed half day on a Saturday.
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This young horse obviously believes that the grass is always greener on the other side. He ambled over to my camera, tempted by the chance of company and some choice nourishment.
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This little oak apple caught my eye. It was in a field of young saplings at the edge of the path. Northern Ireland is, unfortunately one of the least-wooded regions in Europe. However government subsidies to farmers, and increased environmental awareness, have at last woken us up to start planting and caring for our natural heritage.
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When I spotted this lonely primrose bunch in Corcrain Community woodland, I rushed home to get my camera. It stood out beside a pathway, but unfortunately this was to be it downfall. The very next day, someone had carefully dug it out and taken it away. Some people don't seem to understand.
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I found the colours in this scene, very interesting. The sun lit wild grassland area, the dark tree lined horizon and the foreboding, storm infested blue sky.
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Ireland is famous for its standing stones. For hundreds of years this stone has been situated on the towpath near Moneypenny's Lock, about 2 miles from town. I think it may be a mooring post, from the days that the canal was used to ferry coal and other merchandise, before the advent of the adjacent railways..
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The remains of this disused railway line stand proudly outside Scarva. The architecture of this period is striking. This structure is mirrored by an equally-imposing but beautiful wall on the other side of the canal. Once this was part of a branch line which took trains between Newry and Newcastle through Scarva and Banbridge
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Lambeg Drummer
Easter Monday in Portadown. A Lambeg drumming competition, brings many rural competitors to a little car park, situated at the rear of a pub in west Street. Here a competitor takes a break from the monotonous rhythym, to have his equipment fine tuned by an expert, while a friend takes the strain.