Past, Present and Future In Cardiff

One of the first “single shot” series photos I published back in 2007 was Past, Present and Future in Cardiff. Three years on, I’ve taken this follow-up to show you just how much has changed in Cardiff:

Past, Present and Future in Cardiff: Part 2

Past

The Bute Dock Feeder was barely visible last time I visited here. It was overgrown and hidden in the shadows of the warehouse units on Tyndall Street Industrial Estate. This time, the warehouses are gone (as is the industrial estate; I guess we don’t make things any more in New Labour’s Britain), and the banks have been cleared quite a bit. The Feeder is visible here.

Present

“Torchwood Towers” no longer has the skyline to itself. It now has to share with new office blocks, new apartments, and the St Davids 2 complex.

Future

Last time, it was the empty skyline that was due to be filled by the St Davids 2 complex. This time, it seems like the empty foreground is what’s most likely to see change over the coming years.

Past, Present and Future in Cardiff: Part 2

Here’s a different angle of what was once Tyndall Street Industrial Estate, with the skyline beyond.

JR Smart (Builders) bought this site in 2008 and have demolished the industrial estate. They were planning to apply for planning permission for mixed office and residential use on the site. They were previously involved in converting the old AXA office tower into the Radisson Hotel (seen here as the left-most tower on the skyline), and also built the new office block by the Magic Roundabout just a bit to the east.

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Walking Along Borth Beach

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I prefer to escape up into the mountains, but Mrs H is definitely more of a fan of the shore, so to end this week’s daily desktop theme, I’ve picked this simple shot of Borth Beach to usher in the weekend. Taken in 2006 during my first outing with my beloved Nikon D200, it’s a wonderful reminder of a fantastic day we spent together walking along the sands.

That’s it for this week’s choice of daily desktop wallpaper. I’ll be back on Monday with another theme for the week. Have a great weekend!

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The Greenway

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Alternatively, if wandering under bridges easily missed from passing cars isn’t your thing, then maybe you’d prefer to escape amongst the hills instead. This is the northern end of Eglwysilan Road, one of the oldest surviving non-Roman roads in South Wales. I spent a very pleasant May day walking south down to Nantgarw a few years ago, with plenty of wonderful views like this one to enjoy.

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Junction 32

Shot from the bridge that crosses high above the M4, this photograph embodies much of what my Merthyr Road project means to me.

You’ve got the junction offering two choices: head north towards Merthyr Tydfil, or head south towards Cardiff. Both routes take you along the A470, today’s Merthyr Road. But in the past, your choice would have been the same, but the routes you would have travelled would have been so very different.

And whilst some of the sights you’d have seen back then would still be familiar today, most would not …

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Crossing Under The A472

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My idea of escapism is often as simple as walking down places that most people never see because they’re in too much of a hurry to get out of their cars and wander about. The Taff Trail north of Navigation (modern-day Abercynon; the original administrative centre of the Glamorganshire Canal) is one such place.

Running along the Penydarren Tramroad, the route of the world’s first steam engine railway journey in 1804, this section of the cycle trail leads up under modern road bridges like this one before breaking out into the Pontygwaith Nature Reserve. Beautiful all year round, this is a wonderful place to talk a quiet and contemplative walk.

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The Early Bird

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It’s a short week work-wise this week, and that often makes them the hardest weeks of all in the office … the lure of the weekend seems so close but yet so far. So my desktop wallpaper choices this week are all about a bit of escapism, starting with this early morning shot in Whitby (mecca to all things gothic) of a bird on the harbour side.

Sorry about the small size. I’ll have to add this to my list of photos that need a second going over with Aperture 3 one day.

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