Last Look At Barmouth Bridge

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There really is only one photo to choose as both my final Barmouth Bridge shot, and as my final choice of wallpaper out of all of the photos I’ve uploaded to Flickr from our holiday last summer in North Wales.

On the Thursday, our car was wrecked when we were the innocent victims of careless driving just outside Barmouth. Unable to hire a car to drive ourselves home (which was probably for the best, given how shaken up we were), my Dad drove down from Yorkshire on the Friday to pick us up and take us home. Me and him came back to Barmouth on the Saturday to pick up the rest of our holiday luggage from the place we’d been staying, and before leaving for the last time, I took one last shot of Barmouth Bridge … and I think it turned out to be the best of the lot.

I hope you’ve enjoyed both this week’s choice of wallpapers, and indeed all of the photos from last summer’s holiday that I’ve chosen over the last five weeks. There’s still a few I’m planning to use as wallpapers at some point in the future, but next week will be a new theme. I hope to see you back then. Have a great weekend.

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Looking Along Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My desktop wallpaper today is another shot of Barmouth Bridge.

As the light was fading, I decided to have a bit of fun with my camera and the bridge, and that led to this rather strange shot looking down the centre of the bridge back towards Barmouth.

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Roadworks Have Become A Permanent Fixture

The redevelopment and regeneration of Cardiff, which started with the construction of Cardiff Bay in the late 1990’s, is in full-swing, with no sign of any sort of let-up. Roadworks and the knock-on travel disruption have become such a daily part of life in our capital city that at least one roadwork sign has gone from a temporary thing to looking like a permanent fixture!

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The Footpath Over Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My desktop wallpaper theme this week is the Barmouth Bridge, a famous wooden railway bridge across the stunning Mawddach. We were there last summer on holiday.

One of the reasons why the Barmouth Bridge is such fun to photograph is because you can walk over it. There’s a footpath and cycleway on the landward side of the bridge that lead south down to the Mawddach Trail (which was the original railway route from the bridge to Dolgellau, and is now a very inviting cycle path), and it affords fantastic views east along the river.

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Rails And Sleepers On Barmouth Railway Bridge

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My choice of desktop wallpaper today is another shot of Barmouth Bridge, a real photographic star.

One of the things I love about photographing this bridge is the rich contrast between the rusty red iron of the rails, and the wooden sleepers and bridge that they run over. It’s such a different view from what I normally see when waiting for my morning train at the local station. There’s something both outdated and romantic about it, but it is elusive.

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Flexible Office Space at the Coal Exchange

Mount Stuart Square, a designated conservation area since 1980, is home to something like 60 listed buildings. Some of these listed buildings are considered landmark buildings; some are not.

The crown jewel of Mount Stuart Square is the Coal Exchange, where the world’s first 1 million pound business transaction was conducted. Today, it’s a multi-purpose building, and a walk around the outside of it reveals that it currently isn’t fully-let. I’ve never seen inside the building, so I’ve emailed the agent to see if they’d allow me in with my camera. If they do, I’ll share what I find with you 🙂

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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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Barmouth Bridge

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Glad to see you back once more for another week of my desktop wallpaper shots. So far, from last summer’s North Wales holiday I’ve chosen shots showing off the beautiful landscapes of North Wales, it’s fantastic castles (which together form a world heritage site), some more varied shots, and a week of nautical shots. There’s just one week to go, and this week I’m picking a few shots of what, for me, was the subject I kept returning to time and time again during our holiday: the railway bridge across the Mawddach at Barmouth.

One of the distinctive features of the railway bridge are these twin portals for boats to pass underneath the bridge and up the Mawddach. Originally, there was a drawbridge to allow river traffic through, but this was replaced with a swing bridge in 1901. I must admit that it never occurred to me that the bridge was a swing bridge when I walked over it; it looked very permanent!

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Abandoned TVR Bridge Into Hailey Park

This bridge, clearly visible from the modern-day City Line south of Radyr Railway Station, used to carry trains across the River Taff, across Hailey Park upon an embankment, to link up with the main TVR line at Ty Mawr Bridge. This branch line was used to provide an alternative route into the railway sidings at Radyr Yard.

Radyr Yard itself is gone (closed in 1993; replaced by a modern housing estate), the railway embankment through Hailey Park has been removed, and all that remains is the bridge itself, fenced off but still spanning the Taff, serving no obvious useful purpose any more.

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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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25×9: Crossing To Holy Island

Posted by Stuart Herbert on September 18th, 2010 in 25x9.

Project 25×9, because some photos deserve a wider perspective …

Crossing To Holy Island

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James Bond's Enemy's Lair

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To bring this week’s theme of nautical shots from last summer’s holiday in North Wales to a close, I thought I’d pick the photo that has certainly made me smile the most.

The moment I saw this house on the coast, with the beautiful mountains behind it and its very own boat house beneath, I immediately thought to myself that this would make a great lair for a James Bond villain 🙂

Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with what I promise will be my final set of wallpapers (for now, at least) from last year’s North Wales holiday.

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