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.

In summer evenings, when the sun is nice and warm and the weather is dry, Barmouth Bridge is a great place to go for a cycle or a walk along its length and back again.

Barmouth Bridge And Train

Barmouth Bridge

View Along Barmouth Bridge

Gull On Barmouth Bridge

Views Across The Mawddach

The Lair Is Still There

Rusted 40 Sign

Tarmac Path Follows The Railway South

Sign On The Mawddach Trail

Plants In The Evening Sun

Rusting Sign Post

This Way To Barmouth (Sign)

An Odd Place To Find A Portaloo

Dust Kicked Up By The Train

Looking Along Barmouth Bridge

The View Out To Sea

The Footpath Over Barmouth Bridge

Rails And Sleepers On Barmouth Bridge

99 On Barmouth Railway Bridge

Loose On Barmouth Railway Bridge

Looking Up At Barmouth Railway Bridge

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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 Barmouth Panorama Walk is a lovely walk through woodland and out above the canopy to enjoy wonderful views along the Mawddach both east and west. Definitely a fair-weather walk!

The Barmouth Panorama Walk Is Very Green

Green Pool

Some Paths Are Too Dangerous

Beneath The Trees

A Break In The Trees

Woodland Walk On The Cliff Edge

Old Barn

Sunlight On The Branch

Steps Up To The Panoramic View

The Mawddach

Steps Up To The Second Panoramic View

Looking Out To The Mouth Of The Mawddach

Enjoying The Beautiful Mawddach

Looking Down On Barmouth Railway Bridge

Barmouth Railway Bridge and the Mouth Of The Mawddach

A Place To Test On The Panorama Walk

Panorama Walk

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25×9: Bass Rock

Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 21st, 2011 in 25x9, Travel Photography.

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

Bass Rock

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Viewing Bass Rock

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

I can’t write about Tantallon Castle without mentioning Bass Rock, out in the Forth of Firth, and clearly visible from the castle. You can clearly see the automated lighthouse from the shore, as well as the huge gannet colony that forms the rock’s only inhabitants.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos, and that they have inspired you to go and visit Tantallon Castle yourself when you get the chance. I’ll be back on Monday with the first set of photos from the amazing Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean.

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Looking At The Cliff Edge

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

It is worth visiting Tantallon Castle just for the wonderful views afforded by its coastal setting. No matter how much you are used to seeing castles dominating coastlines (and here in Wales we’re really spoiled by this), Tantallon will still take your breath away.

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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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The Way Is Barred

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

Set into the curtain wall towards the northern end is this simple gate. What’s on the other side? The remains of a tower’s staircase? Or maybe just a sheer drop into the castle’s moat?

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Spiral Staircase At Tantallon

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

Inside the curtain wall, there are several spiral staircases to explore. This one in particular caught my eye because of the way the light fell onto the central column, leaving just a bit of the sturdy hand rope nearby lit too. One of my favourite shots of the whole Northumberland / Borders holiday in 2010.

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Spiral Staircase At Tantallon

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

Inside the curtain wall, there are several spiral staircases to explore. This one in particular caught my eye because of the way the light fell onto the central column, leaving just a bit of the sturdy hand rope nearby lit too. One of my favourite shots of the whole Northumberland / Borders holiday in 2010.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

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 Well At Tantallon

This week’s theme is Tantallon Castle, on the Scottish coastline in East Lothian just outside North Berwick. We visited it in September 2010 whilst exploring the coastline north of Berwick upon Tweed, and we were instantly captivated by its wonderful setting on the coast with the backdrop of Bass Rock.

Once you are past the curtain wall, and into the courtyard, one of the striking sights is the huge well sunk into the open floor. It is extremely easy to imagine many a soldier, drunk and wandering around, having tripped over the low lip only to disappear head-first into the blackness – or many a tourist, come to think of it. No wonder there’s a substantial metal grill over it today!

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Progress Towards 500 Views A Day

Posted by Stuart Herbert on May 16th, 2011 in News.

At the start of the year, I set myself three New Year’s Resolutions about photography. One of those was to get to 500 views a day, every day, for my photos on Flickr, by the end of 2011. How am I doing?

To find out, I recently took a break from posting new photos on here, and especially from promoting my photos via Twitter. (My apologies if you’ve missed my wallpapers; they’re back this week). I was already managing 500 views a day before this break, but this is a good opportunity for me to see how well my visitor stats on Flickr held up without the promotional effort.

Between 19th April and 15th May inclusive, my photos on Flickr were viewed a total of 10,393 times. That averages out at a fraction under 385 views a day. If you compare that with the stats at the end of October, 2010, I believe that they are moving in the right direction, but it will be touch and go as to whether I reach my goal or not just on casual visitors.

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