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Star Witness: Canal all calm as storm brews

A storm is brewing, but all is calm on the canals of the Black Country.

Jason Goodlad used a drone to get a unique view of the canal at Bumblehole, one of scores of images on the Star Witness gallery

This stunning picture is one of the latest entrants in the Express & Star’s Star Witness photographic gallery.

More than 3,500 people are now following the gallery online at

The collection of images from across the Black Country and Staffordshire is growing fast since it was launched in February.

It is a permanent record of the landscapes and people that make our region great – from the history and industry of our cities to the beauty of our countryside.

This picture, taken on a day of sunshine and showers, was uploaded to the site by E&S reader Jason Goodlad, who runs Hawk Eye Vision. He used a drone to get a bird’s eye view of the canal at Bumblehole in Dudley.

He said: “It is a gorgeous image. I got the camera set up just in time to catch a narrowboat on its way to the Netherton tunnel.”

Star Witness uses Instagram to record images from the region.

Pictures submitted using the hashtag #expressandstar are uploaded every day.

That gives you the chance to share your images of the region, and builds a unique and special pictorial record of the Midlands, its scenery and its people as it moves through the seasons.