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.

It is said that, on a clear day, you can see Brazil from Aberdaron. Such a claim may be very tongue-in-cheek, but if you trace a straight line south from Aberdaron to Brazil, you’ll find no land in between at all. How’s that for a useless fact for a Sunday morning? 🙂

St Hywyn's Church, Aberdaron

On A Clear Day, You Can See Brazil From Here

Y Gregin Fawr - The Big Kitchen

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Entrance To Edinburgh Waverley Station

This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.

It seems fitting to end the week with this abstract shot of commuters heading to and from the trains at Edinburgh Waverley. My very first visit to Edinburgh was earlier the same week by train; as lovely as the station itself is, it’s no accident that I came back in the car on my next visit. I found the East Coast Main Line up from Berwick-upon-Tweed to be extremely uncomfortable, with the trains lurching from side to side as they bomb up the coast. As much as Edinburgh is a city that predates the car by enough centuries for that to matter, I found driving there a much nicer experience. I’ll be driving there next time I visit on holiday too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed these shots of Edinburgh this week. I have a few more to share with you next week.

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Abandoned Bicycle, Edinburgh

This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.

Although when I do get back there, I doubt I’ll find anything as serendipitous as this scene, of a bike with a busted front wheel abandoned down one of the alleys in Old Town. Just beyond, tourists and shoppers alike mill past, no more than 10 feet away, yet oblivious to the bike waiting to be rescued.

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The Witchery, Edinburgh

This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.

And if I had the money, I’d treat Mrs H to a stay at The Witchery, a luxurious hotel and restaurant at the top of the Royal Mile, not far from the castle. Hidden behind the fine buildings of Old Town, with thousands of tourists streaming past, it’s gilded sign nevertheless stands out from the throngs, and it certainly caught my eye that afternoon.

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Let There Be Light - Central Library in Edinburgh

This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.

The slogan above the entrance to the Central Library at Edinburgh couldn’t be more apt: Let There Be Light. The only path to a better life, a better society and a better civilisation is through education. Without wide knowledge and deep understanding, the darkness of ignorance, shallowness, and simplisticness quickly falls, and very quickly the virtue of hard work is lost to the malaise of laziness.

This is a subject that I’m deeply passionate about, both as a practicing teacher and the Head of Engineering for one of the UK’s leading technology firms. Everything I’ve been able to do for others has come from my own education – not just the formal in school and university, but also the informal through the amazing people I’ve met along the way. The dumbing down of the last decade is already starting to haunt the United Kingdom, for at a time when we need to rebalance the economy and once again become a nation that makes things and exports to the world, the youngsters looking to enter that workforce struggle with anything more taxing than switching on their X-Box. We’ve got a whole generation which tragically has much less to offer than it should have, and if the libraries close, the generation that follows will have even less.

Let there be light. Keep the libraries open, and make our schools introduce the kids to them once more. Don’t listen to the people who say that libraries are irrelevant in the age of the Internet – they’re idiots. The alternative is darkness.

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Alleyway In Edinburgh

This week’s theme is the streets of Edinburgh, Scotland’s capital city. I’ve only spent a day in Edinburgh with my camera to date, but instantly fell in love. It’s a much older city than Cardiff, with a richer history that the Scots have preserved in a way that the Welsh sadly haven’t. It’s also a much cleaner city than London, and in my experience the people are much friendlier too. There is much to explore through a lens, and I am looking forward to a longer stay there soon.

One of Edinburgh’s great attractions is the Old Town, centred around the Royal Mile and Cannongate running down from the castle to Holyrood Palace. This area is full of alleyways slipping quietly off to one side or the other, and you never know what you’ll find when you head on down each one.

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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.

Hidden way at the far end of the huge seafront car park in Barmouth, there’s the town’s original round house preserved for all to see. Round houses were little gaols where the town’s miscreants could be interred as and when necessary.

Barmouth Round House

Ships Ribs

Barmouth Round House

Barmouth Round House

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Looking For Angels at Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood, in the Forest of Dean, is like no other woodland around. With its knarled trees, twisting pathways and canyons of collapsed caves, it’s a like something out of a fairy tale or many popular television shows.

To finish the week, and this theme … here is the Puzzlewood itself. Nothing more needs to be said 🙂

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Bluebells at Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood, in the Forest of Dean, is like no other woodland around. With its knarled trees, twisting pathways and canyons of collapsed caves, it’s a like something out of a fairy tale or many popular television shows.

We were lucky enough to see the woodland floor carpeted with bluebells, out a little early due to the very unseasonable warm weather the UK has been enjoying for the past few months. But check out that tree – the trunk is riddled with holes at the base. I couldn’t say what is holding it up, other than sheer force of will!

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Magical Fence at Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood, in the Forest of Dean, is like no other woodland around. With its knarled trees, twisting pathways and canyons of collapsed caves, it’s a like something out of a fairy tale or many popular television shows.

As wonderful as the caves are, what I love most about Puzzlewood is the wild wood itself, and the many fences scattered throughout the wood to guide visitors around and give you a myriad of pathways to explore. It reminds me a lot of the many woods I used to play in as a kid, most of which have been cleared and replaced with industrial estates and business parks. I grew up in a town, but it never felt as concrete and as urban as what kids today are growing up in. If you can prise them away from their X-Boxes long enough to notice, that is …

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