The Gabalfa Roundabout and Flyover marks the coming together of three of Cardiff’s most important road arteries: the A470 down from Merthyr Tydfil and junction 32 of the M4 motorway, the A469 down from Llanishen and Caerphilly, the A48 Western Avenue from Llandaff and Canton, and the A48 Eastern Avenue out to junction 29 of the M4. The roundabout and flyover were built during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, around the same time as the A470 trunk road up to Merthyr Tydfil, and the Heath Hospital that is adjacent to the roundabout.

The Photos

Flyover Towards The City

For many drivers, travelling south into Cardiff from Caerphilly, Merthyr Tydfil, or just from Junction 32 of the M4 motorway, this is their main view of the Gabalfa roundabout: the flyover that takes you over the A48 and down towards Maindy and Cathays.

Flyover At Gabalfa Roundabout

Beside the flyover runs this sliproad that drivers use to go down to the Gabalfa roundabout. From here, you can go east onto the A48 and/or into the Heath Hospital, west onto the A48 Western Avenue towards the large Tescos and the turnings to Llandaff and Canton, or south down towards what eventually becomes City Road.

Cyclist in Silhouette

Because the A470 intersects north / south, and the A48 intersects east / west at the Gabalfa roundabout, there are pedestrian walkways across the roundabout, reached by subways like this one.

Approaching Gabalfa Roundabout

This shot shows the sliproad down to Gabalfa roundabout from the foot of the A469. It’s normally a little busier than this, but in recent months traffic around this area (and on the A470 into Cardiff) has seemed lighter to me, perhaps due to the very high price of petrol at this time.

Underside of the Flyover at Gabalfa Roundabout

The flyover at Gabalfa roundabout carries the A470 over the A48. It also carries the road over the pedestrian route across the roundabout too!

Above The A48 At Gabalfa Roundabout

The flyover at Gabalfa roundabout carries the A470 over this road, the A48. The A48 runs from junction 29 of the M4 in the east out to Culverhouse Cross in the west, making it one of the major arteries of Cardiff. It’s normally a little busier than is shown here.

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A Blue Tent For A Blue Garden

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To bring this week’s theme of slabs of colour to a close, my choice of desktop wallpaper today is this huge slab of blue canvas from the tent that held all the sound gear in the Blue Garden at Beyond The Border. (And that is the last of the Beyond The Border themed photos, for real this time)

I hope you’ve enjoyed my desktop wallpaper this week. I certainly enjoyed taking the photos that I’ve shared with you this week.

As I’ve recently sold my cherished Nikon D200, I’m planning on making next week’s wallpaper a “best of” look through my Flickr archives at my favourite photos taken over the four and a half years with the D200. Have a great weekend, and I hope to see you back on Monday.

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Restored Bridge At Taffs Well

This footbridge over the River Taff between Taffs Well and Gwaelod-y-Garth has recently been renovated and restored into a fantastic condition.

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Candle Up Close

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Continuing this week’s theme of slabs of colour is this shot of one of the candles in our bathroom.

For myself, I think it’s a great shot to look at up close, that all of the imperfections in the candle are what make this an interesting photograph to look at all day whilst I’m working. I hope you’ll agree 🙂

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The Aneurin Bevan, Cardiff

This unusual building stands on the roundabout formed where the A470 down from Merthyr meets the A469 down from Caerphilly. It’s currently a Weatherspoon pub called the Aneurin Bevan after the founder of the National Health Service, but it is a site that frequently changes hands.

I’ve been unable to track down online anything about the older history of this site, and especially whether this building pre-dates the construction of the Gabalfa roundabout or not. If you know, please do let me know.

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Chopping Board Lit By Ambient Light

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This is the shot that gave me the idea for this week’s wallpaper theme.

This is simply a red chopping board held up in front of the kitchen window at home. I like how the shadows of our plants (okay, the wife’s plants!) on the kitchen window sill have added a bit of variety and subtlety to this shot.

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Cathays Station Sign Behind Grilled Fence

In the foreground is the fencing on the western side of Cathays Railway Station. Across the tracks is the bold red ‘Cathays’ railway station sign.

It’s pleasing (to my eye at least) that although Arriva Trains Wales has painted the rest of the station in their hard-on-the-eye turquoise, they’ve left the pole of the station sign in the original Valley Lines green colour.

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Burnished Copper Roof of the Millennium Centre

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Continuing this week’s theme of great slabs of single colour, my desktop wallpaper today is this shot of the wonderful copper roof of Cardiff Bay’s Millennium Centre. There’s something about the rich look of burnished copper. Definitely something I could look at all day long!

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Alert! Treforest Estate

I couldn’t help but chuckle when I noticed this sign appear at Taffs Well railway station. Has there been a problem with train crews forgetting to stop at the Treforest Estate railway station, I wonder, or is it simply that we do have dragons in Wales after all that Treforest Estate is where they lie in wait to snack on passing trains?

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The Canvas Of The Pavilion

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Welcome to another week of my desktop wallpaper choices. I hope you all had a great weekend.

I’m in the mood for great big slabs of single colour this week, and to kick it off, for today I’ve chosen what I promise will be my last shot from (and last plug of) the Beyond The Border international storytelling festival. This shot is the side of the Pavilion, one of the temporary venues erected each festival for the performances. I imagine that few people give these tents themselves more than a passing glance, but I found it a rich canvas (pun intended) to explore with my camera.

More colour tomorrow!

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