The Taff Through The Trees

View all the photos from this shoot as part of my Merthyr Road series on Flickr.

Needing to get out of the house after a stressful week for us both, my wife and I jumped in the car and headed up the road to the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve. I’ve been here before, but this was the first time that my wife has enjoyed a walk in this beautiful place beside the River Taff.

Thoughts On The Day

The last time I came up the old tramroad, the path from the south to the overbridge at Pontygwaith was somewhat overgrown. Since then, the path has been completely cleared, and fresh gravel laid. It looks much better now, although I can’t help but wonder how many cyclists head north under the overbridge without realising that the Taff Trail actually cuts left at this point to go over Pontygwaith itself.

We were very lucky with the weather, especially towards the end of the walk when the skies really cleared. Every year, we normally get a couple of weeks of excellent light in October, and I fear Sunday was the tail end of this year’s band. But I have to say that I can’t think of a more beautiful spot along the Methyr Road to enjoy such rich and golden colours. I’m always amazed at how few people I see enjoying this local treasure, but at the same time I’m secretly pleased to have the place to myself 🙂

The Photos

Here are the photos from Sunday’s walk. Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the photo that interests you.

The Bridge Over The Tramroad at Pontygwaith The Cleared Path We Need Roots Buried Treasure Salmon and Tree Welcoming Tree GWR Viaduct Snake And Frog Sculpture The Colours of Autumn The Colours of Autumn Yellow Plants Otter Sculpture Beside The GWR Viaduct Rich Colour Tree and Tramroad Rickerty Old Fence Water And Leaves The Railway Embankment Dead Tree and Tramroad The Taff Through The Trees

Post Production

I toyed with the idea of desaturating the colours from this shoot (to match the style I used in the Unofficial Taff Vale Eastern Ridge Walk), but to be honest I’m so pleased with the colours captured by the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX33 that I decided to limit my adjustments to edge sharpening. I’m not completely convinced by the FX33’s colours in dull light (such as the colours captured in this shot), but in brighter light, the camera did very well.

3 Comments

  1. Robert Guyan says:
    November 1st, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    I love this picture (bridge over tramroad). It’s my November wallpaper.

  2. Jim says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    So how is the FX33 going for you now after a couple of months use? I’m comparing it and the Canon Ixus 870 and can’t make a decision as yet. The canon is actually a touch to big for me to feel comfortable with it in my pocket.. as is the FX55. I’ve been spooked by all the bad noise discussions going on with the panasonic and now wondering if I should go back to the Canon… Aaaa.. I guess I just need some reassurance.. and you’ve got some great photos up there that set me at ease. Cheers, Jim

  3. Stu says:
    November 22nd, 2007 at 8:48 pm

    @Jim: the FX33 goes everywhere with me, and feels very comfortable in my pocket. I haven’t taken a look at the bad noise discussions, so I can’t comment on what they say. I couldn’t live with the FX33 as my primary camera, but as a pocket camera I’m quite happy with it.

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