Pontypridd From The Common

The valleys town of Pontypridd sits at the head of the Taff Vale. Here, the valley splits into two, following the River Rhondda to the north-west and the River Taff to the north-east, where it is joined by the River Cynon at Abercynon (formerly Navigation, headquarters of the long-defunct Glamorganshire Canal).

Pontypridd is enclosed on three sides … the Graig to the west, Graigwen to the north, and Ynysangharad Common to the east. All three provide great views across the town, but only the Common remains open and unspoilt by housing.

This shot, taken from the Common, is looking north west towards the housing that smothers the Graig. On warmer days, it’s great to simply sit on this bench and enjoy sunny afternoons … although Ponty is normally shrouded in haze on such days.

In days gone by, from here you probably would have been able to watch the flywheels turning at the Maritime Collery to the north west.

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Avebury

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My desktop wallpaper today is this shot of one of the many standing stones of Avebury.

I’ve always had a fascination with standing stones, and one of my very first photography jaunts was when my friend Hugh kidnapped me in his company car (it had air-con … delicious, and rare back in the 1990’s) and whisked me down first to Stonehenge (which everyone has heard of) and then up to Avebury (which I’d never heard of at the time). We were shooting chemical back then (I’d just bought my first Nikon, an F55), and none of the (probably utterly rubbish) photos I took that day have survived (thankfully!)

I’ve been back to Avebury many many times since, but always struggle to take any photographs that do the place justice. It’s partly the beauty of the place, and partly that I spend all my time just gawping at the stones! This photo is possibly about the best I’ve managed so far. So I’ve picked this as my wallpaper today to remind me that it’s time to head back there again and have another go. Preferably in dry weather this time, so that I don’t have to try and salvage the photos by converting them to black and white 🙂

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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