Wire Fence In The Brecon Beacons

Earlier this year, Mrs H and I grabbed the cameras one evening after work and headed up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the National Visitors’ Centre, which enjoys stunning views over to Pen-y-Fan to the east. We had about an hour to make the most of the evening light.

One of the lovely things about the Beacons in general, and the National Visitors’ Centre in particular, is the amount of open land up here for the sensible walker to roam and explore. In return, please make sure that fences and walls are properly respected.

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Wire Fence In The Brecon Beacons

Earlier this year, Mrs H and I grabbed the cameras one evening after work and headed up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the National Visitors’ Centre, which enjoys stunning views over to Pen-y-Fan to the east. We had about an hour to make the most of the evening light.

One of the lovely things about the Beacons in general, and the National Visitors’ Centre in particular, is the amount of open land up here for the sensible walker to roam and explore. In return, please make sure that fences and walls are properly respected.

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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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This Way To Pen-y-Fan

Earlier this year, Mrs H and I grabbed the cameras one evening after work and headed up into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the National Visitors’ Centre, which enjoys stunning views over to Pen-y-Fan to the east. We had about an hour to make the most of the evening light.

With its twin peaks, Pen-y-Fan is one of the most distinctive mountains in Britain, and is the highest mountain in South Wales and southern Britain. It’s relatively accessible to inexperienced walkers, with excellent car parking available from the A470 at its western foot. As a result, it is incredibly popular, and on those days with better weather, the car parks can fill up very quickly.

And yet, despite living only half an hour away, I’ve never gone up it myself. Since the car crash, it’s beyond me now. All I can do is look on, and wonder what it must feel like to enjoy the view from up there.

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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.

After the car accident, I made one further visit back to Barmouth. My Dad had had to come and pick us up, but his car was too small to fit everyone and the luggage in, so we came back on the Saturday to pick up the rest of the luggage. Thankfully South Wales isn’t so far away – can you imagine the difficulty if we’d been Londoners? We were blessed by good weather, and there was just enough enough time for one final walk around Barmouth with the camera before heading off home for good.

Looking Along The Tracks At Barmouth

Train Sneaking Up On Barmouth

The Round House, Barmouth

Last Look At Barmouth Bridge

Final Thoughts

We had a great time in and around Barmouth during our holiday, and I can heartily recommend it to anyone who wants to slow things down, relax, and do a lot of walking. Be aware that mobile phone signals on all networks are weak to non-existant; you’ll get voice in places, but mobile broadband for data was totally impossible. Take advantage of it, unplug from the office, and get out into the fresh air!

Our holiday was life-changing because of the car accident we had, but that could have happened anywhere in the UK, and we were just unlucky to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. We’re often glad that we were in that accident, if such a thing is possible, because the back seat of our car had no-one sat on it. There were children sat on the back seat of the car in front of us, and it doesn’t bear thinking about the carnage that would have happened if that van had gone into them directly.

And the worst thing of all? No speed camera would have prevented that accident. He wasn’t speeding. He just failed to stop before a line of stationary vehicles.

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Watching From Above

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

To bring this week’s theme to a close, I want to share another CCTV camera shot. This camera sits opposite Cathays Library in Cardiff, and it caught my eye because I think you’d have to be Godzilla or King Kong for there to be any risk at all of you being able to interfere with it, so high up does it sit.

It is one of over 200 cameras owned by Cardiff City Council at the time of writing, dating back to 1976, governed by a Code of Conduct. Objective statistics on the usefulness of these cameras are hard to come by, but there is no doubt that officials and the police like them whilst civil liberty groups continue to cast doubt on whether CCTV is effective at all. The only thing for certain is that, at a time where the number of police officers are at an historical peak (and about to be reduced as the UK Government tries to balance its books), sightings of the police patrolling our streets are rarer than ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s selection of wallpapers. I’ll be back next week with a new theme to share.

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Shoes On A Wire

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

A pair of shoes that someone has managed to hook over an overhead wire in one of the side streets near Cathays Library. How did they get there? Are they old and worn out, discarded? Taken from someone, perhaps by force? A different explanation entirely, perhaps?

For myself, I admit that I’m more curious to know how many people have walked underneath these shoes without ever looking up and noticing them.

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Pining Away

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

As an exile from that greenest of cities, Sheffield, one of the things that I really appreciate about Cardiff is just how much parkland there is right in the heart of the city centre. As the heavy industry that was strip-mining the valleys to the north began to die out, some of the wealth earned was spent on fantastic open spaces to rival (indeed, imho, they exceed) the royal parks of London. Bute Park in particular stretches for some distance to the north; the perfect getaway on a busy lunchtime.

Unfortunately, those in charge of modern planning in the city are not so inclined. When the St Davids 2 shopping centre was created, the site of a former car park (sandwiched between the Traders Tavern, the Cineworld Cinema and the Cardiff International Arena) was landscaped into a modest but extremely welcome green space. In June 2011, local city planners granted permission for this green space to be replaced by Admiral’s new headquarters building, a building that has been described as “awful” and a “missed opportunity” by the very planners who gave the final approval.

It isn’t as if there isn’t plenty of brownfield land to build on in Cardiff, especially to the immediate south of the main railway line where <a href="http://www.walesonline.co.uk/cardiffonline/cardiff-news/2011/07/04/city-of-london-launch-event-for-cardiff-s-central-business-district-development-91466-28987111/"the proposed business district will be.

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Keeping An Eye On You

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

Definitely falling into the last category are both the St David’s 2 Shopping Centre in the background of this photo, and the CCTV camera hoisted up above the throngs of people heading to and from the new shops. It’s a dirty job, as we can see by the condition of this camera (which might only be a couple of years old) but someone has to do it.

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Gates In Silhouette

My wallpaper theme this week sees me return to posting photos closer to home, of distinctive images taken in and around Cardiff. Europe’s youngest capital city, Cardiff is an eclectic mix of the occasionally ancient, the Victorian and Georgian, and the mostly incongruous architecture of the last twenty years.

To the north of Cardiff’s Old Library (now the home of the Cardiff Story museum) sits a little garden that is popular with both the lunch time crowds and passing shoppers as a pleasant place to sit and pass the time. It is part of the Cemetery Gardens of St John the Baptist’s Church, believed to be the second oldest building in Cardiff (after the Norman castle just to the north).

A major thoroughfare runs through the middle of the gardens, linking the Indoor Market to the west with the St Davids Shopping Centre and Queens Arcade to the immediate east.

The gardens are ringed with a simple (presumably wrought-iron) fence, complete with three sets of gates (facing east, west and north) which allows them to be closed on an evening (presumably to prevent vandalism as the shoppers give way to Cardiff’s infamous drinking culture).

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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.

After abandoning our walk above Harlech, we returned to the cottage we were renting at Glandwr Mill, and got changed for what was intended to be our last afternoon meal out in Barmouth before returning home the following morning. Unfortunately for us, the driver of this Royal Mail van wasn’t paying attention on the road, and he crashed his van at high speed into our stationary car. Thankfully we walked away from the crash, but the accident left me with a long-term knee injury and a difficult battle both to get successful treatment and compensation for the crash and its consequences.

Glandwr Mill, Barmouth

Death Of My Car, and My Tripod Too!!

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