Caught My Eye: 19th August 2010

Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 19th, 2010 in Caught My Eye.

This is a new feature, where I share with you photos from my Flickr contacts that have caught my eye in the last seven days. I’m hoping to publish this every week in time for the weekend. If you enjoy this feature, please leave a comment as encouragement 🙂

34 photos have caught my eye in the last 7 days from my Flickr contacts. There’s landscapes, nature, exciting events, portraits, and one shot where I haven’t figured out how the photographer didn’t get arrested 🙂

I’ve organised these into a couple of galleries to share with you. There’s currently no way to embed Flickr galleries into blog posts, so instead I urge you to click on the links below to visit these galleries. And, if you like what you see, please leave a comment for the photographer, to encourage him or her to keep taking great shots!

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Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

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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Earlier in 2010, I decided to spend a Sunday exploring the railway stations of the Coryton Line. This is the surviving section of the Bute’s Cardiff Railway, the last of the great railways built to bring coal down to the Cardiff docks. I’m sure I read somewhere that the Bute’s original intention was to run this railway along the route of the Glamorganshire Canal (which the Marquis had earlier bought), but that ultimately he wasn’t allowed to close the canal, and so had to come up with an alternative route for his railway.

Today, the Coryton Line is a single-track commuter run that swings east to west across the north of Cardiff. There are no services on a Sunday, making it the perfect day to explore these stations.

The Photos

Birchgrove Railway Station

From a distance, Birchgrove Railway Station seems to be doing its level best to hide beneath the nearby bridge.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking west along the Coryton Line tracks back towards Rhiwbina Railway Station and beyond ultimately to Coryton Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station, looking east along the platform. Note that Birchgrove hasn’t yet been the recipient of a shiny new shelter.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Birchgrove Railway Station is nestled right up against the A469, which carries traffic between Cardiff and Caerphilly. This photo looks east along the tracks towards Ty Glas Railway Station.

Birchgrove Railway Station

Looking down from the A469 onto Birchgrove Railway Station platform.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

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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The Way Is Blocked

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My choices this week have been the part of my Week of Woodland Wallpapers. I hope you’re enjoying them so far!

Of course, any walk through the woods can run into little difficulties from time to time. One of our favourite places to go walking near our home is on what’s left of the Lesser Garth (it has been so extensively quarried that the railway line that used to run around it no longer exists). I was exploring the remains of the railway line alone one day when I rounded the corner to find that a tree had come down the hill some time before and landed on the path I was on. I had a bit of fun climbing over the tree, hoping it wouldn’t decide to slide any further, and I was glad Mrs H wasn’t there at the time to talk me out of it.

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