Photos 2020: Brum in lockdown

The sun shone, the air was clear and the streets were empty. While Miriam power-walked the area I roamed on my bike and on foot along rivers, canals and paths and through newly-discovered woodland and, occasionally, into a city centre that felt like the set of a disaster film.

A deserted Bristol Street and view of the city centre

The sun beats down on a Bristol Street empty of traffic

Cyclist doing wheelies in a shallow pool

With Centenary Square practically empty, the opportunity for this cyclist to play in the reflecting pool is too much to resist

The sun reflected in the glass frontage of a tall building under construction

A new tower block under construction in Colmore Row

The Library of Birmingham

With the Library of Birmingham closed, there was no access to its rooftop garden which gives fine views over the city

A main road in Selly Oak, deserted

Selly Oak standstill: traffic continued to flow along the railway and canal above

Coots flying in to land on Lifford Reservoir

Lifford Reservoir became a favourite place to visit, on foot and by bike

A pair of roller blades hanging in a tree

One of the trees by Lifford Reservoir is full of boots and shoes (does anyone know why?)

A derelict factory building

This derelict factory, between Lifford Reservoir and the Stratford Canal, holds a peculiar fascination

An old canal bridge, with walkers on and beside it

A busy day at Kings Norton Junction

A rowing boat and a narrowboat on the canal

Busy traffic on the Stratford Canal

"Thank you NHS" written in stones in a river bed

A message of thanks in the River Rea

One of a cascade of 3 waterfalls on Merritts Brook in Manor Farm Park

One of a cascade of 3 waterfalls on Merritts Brook in Manor Farm Park

Children's drawings to thank key workers in a supermarket window

More messages of thanks in a supermarket window

A walker on a path through woodland

It’s hard to believe that this path was once a canal: the Lapal Canal Trust have plans to restore it

Woodland in sunshine

Holders Lane Woods: a nearby quiet retreat

Looking up through trees into a blue sky

Looking up at Holders Lane Woods

A patch of bluebells

Bluebells at Highbury Park, another huge expanse of varied woodland

A runner going along a path under a bridge

Harborne Walkway extends under Hagley Road and near to Edgbaston Reservoir

A field of buttercups

Springtime in Hazelwell Park

A large pond surrounded by trees

Greyfox Park is on a cycle route from Northfield to Bournville (which joins 3 other parks)

A squirrel up a tree

Wildlife in Cotteridge Park

Boats moored along a canal

Alvechurch Marina: the furthest point I have reached by bike along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal

Walkers by a canal with the Library of Birmingham, the ICC and Sea Life Centre in the distance

Golden view along the Birmingham Main Line Canal

Looking up at sculpture and the Cube

Brum sculpture and architecture

Distant view of Stirchley Baths surrounded by trees

Stirchley Baths was closed for much of the year, though we were able to run one heritage event there in the autumn

Planter in the middle of a road by a junction

As the year proceeded measures were introduced to restrict through traffic, giving rise to “cone wars”

An embroidered message: Life is tough but so are we

They like it ‘ard in Kings Heath Park

Autumn leaves on a tree

Autumn leaves by the large pond at Highbury Park

Close-up of flowers with an empty street behind

For a while flowers outnumbered cars on Pershore Road through Stirchley

A can of Stirchley Lager and a beefburger

Local produce: sadly the magnificent beefburgers were only available for a limited time

Reflection of the Ikon Gallery

The Ikon Gallery has been closed for much of the year but remains an obligatory photographic subject

A canal boat passes a white cottage

The Worcester and Birmingham Canal passes Lower Bittell Reservoir near Hopwood: a favourite place for families to gather

Ducklings on the canal near Selly Oak

Spring on the canal at Selly Oak

Cherry bloosom on trees by an empty road

Springtime in Bournville

A nearly-full Moon by a metal beam

Moon beam

Duck flapping its wings on a river

Bird bath: the bank of the River Bourn, which flows past our house, would have made a fine retreat if we had been completely locked in

A dog swimming in the River Rea

Doggy fun in the River Rea

A stony river bed among trees

The River Rea flowing through Lifford Woodland

A waterfall on the River Rea

There are a surprising number of waterfalls in the area: this one is on the River Rea at Second Avenue

The blue cycle route through autumn trees

Autumn on the Bristol Road Blue Route which offers cyclists traffic-free access from Selly Oak to the city centre