The Scott Monument - Bottom Half

My theme this week is the wonderfully gothic Scott Monument in Edinburgh, a memorial to the great writer Sir Walter Scott, who died in 1832.

This is the bottom half of the Scott Monument. The monument rises above the city skyline to a height of 61 metres, making it very tricky to capture in a single shot. Beneath the monument sits Sir Walter Scott himself, with his dog Maida, sculpted by Sir John Steell.

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The Vulcan Survives - For Now

In the last ten years, Cardiff City Centre has been transformed by a wide variety of building projects. In the middle of it all, bravely defying the developers who are ripping the historic heart out of Cardiff, sits the Vulcan public house. It survives … for now.

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

The Pontycysyllte Aqueduct is world-famous, and great fun both to walk across and to ride across in one of the (very infrequent!) narrow boat trips organised from Llangollen. For our first visit, because we couldn’t get a place on a boat trip, we drove out to the aqueduct and enjoyed walking over it and exploring underneath it.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

The Canal

Tramway Memorial

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Looking Up At The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct

Canal Basin at Trevor

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

Crossing To Holy Island

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The Tide Is In

I’ve been featuring the beautiful island of Lindisfarne for the last month now, and it seems only fitting that my last shot should be this one.

Once the tide is in, that’s it … the causeway is gone, and for roughly the next five hours the only way to get to and from Holy Island is by boat. All that’s left to show that there ever was a causeway are road signs like this one, poking out of the clear blue waters of the bay.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this series of photos; I think I got very lucky with the light on the day I took them. I can’t recommend the Northumberland coastline strongly enough as a place to go with your camera. It isn’t just beautiful, it’s also so quiet … that 120 mile stretch between Newcastle and Edinburgh is almost entirely rural, with only small villages and harbours for the most part.

I haven’t decided what next week’s theme will be … it’s currently a toss-up between last Saturday’s photoshoot in Ledbury, featuring some of the Manchester shots I took at Christmas, or making a start on my photos of Edinburgh. If you have a preference, do let me know!

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The Causeway Floods

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

Quite a crowd gathered on the causeway to watch the tide claim it, and to play in the rising water. This boy stood at the water’s edge, clutching his trainers to keep them dry, watching his family paddling away on the fast-disappearing road.

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Flying Away With The Food

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

Moments before, an ice cream van pulled up and left some food for the gulls to fight over, after the swan had been hand-fed:

Feeding The Swan

After a brief tussle, one gull managed to make off with the food, with the others in hot pursuit. Along with my shot of the Sea King helicopter in flight, I think it’s one of the best manual-focus shots I took on the whole holiday.

Search and Rescue Helicopter

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Causeway From The Refuge

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

The drivers’ refuge on the causeway is very small, but it does afford a lovely view along the length of the causeway to Holy Island. The walkers you can see are just about to leave the road and trudge through the muddy bay floor to follow the line of marker poles that mark out the alternative route across the bay.

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Refuge On The Causeway

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

When the tide comes in to cover the causeway, there’s always the risk of someone getting trapped mid-crossing … and you only need to go and watch from a safe distance to see just how many drivers are perfectly happy to risk a crossing even as the waters start to close in, as can be seen in this 2008 photo by Ian Britton:

Holy Island Causeway

I wonder how many people, over the years, have taken shelter up at the top of the steps of the refuge and watched as their car was engulfed by the tide?

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In the summer of 2009, Mrs H and I went on an ill-fated fortnight’s holiday in beautiful North Wales, basing ourselves just outside of Barmouth. Although some of the photos I took that fortnight have featured in my desktop wallpaper series, this is the first time that I’ve pulled together all the shots taken on holiday by theme.

Although quite a distance to the east, we found ourselves visiting Llangollen on three separate occasions during the holiday. During our first visit, we walked around this lovely little town, and tried our hand at photographing the railway station. Sadly, we never found time to ride on the trains from here.

Llangollen Railway

Llangollen Railway

Llangollen Railway

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