Uncovered Shoe

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To bring this week’s theme to a close, my desktop wallpaper today is this shoe I spotted on the reservoir wall as we clambered back from walking out to the sluice gates. The shoe was further down the wall than we were, and from the state of it it looks like it was washed up on the wall when the water levels fell.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my choices of wallpaper this week. Come back tomorrow for an extra blog post: all of the photos that I took during our visit to Llwyn Onn Reservoir on Sunday. And if you can’t wait until then, you’ll find them in my Flickr photostream.

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This Way To Merthyr Road

This is the point where the A470 is about to become Merthyr Road for the first time as you head north. According to Google Maps, this is also the only stretch of the A470 that carries the name of Merthyr Road.

Behind me is the Gabalfa roundabout and flyover, with the A48 running underneath it, which is the subject of a separate blog post.

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This Way To Merthyr Road

This is the point where the A470 is about to become Merthyr Road for the first time as you head north. According to Google Maps, this is also the only stretch of the A470 that carries the name of Merthyr Road.

Behind me is the Gabalfa roundabout and flyover, with the A48 running underneath it, which is the subject of a separate blog post.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. blog | twitter: (photography) (all) | facebook: (Merthyr Road project) (all).

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Where Do The Gates Go?

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My choice today is another photo I’d normally never have the opportunity to shoot. With the water level in the reservoir unusually low, we were able to walk out along the reservoir wall to the sluice gates. I’m the kind of person who sees something you’re normally not allowed or able to visit, and wonders where it goes, and what it looks like. This photo does absolutely nothing to answer those questions, but I like the mystery it projects too much 🙂

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The Sluice Gates At Llwyn Onn Reservoir

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My choice of desktop wallpaper today continues this week’s theme about low water levels in the local reservoir. The water levels were low enough that we felt safe walking out along the reservoir wall to go and take a very close look at the sluice gates themselves. You can see just how close we got from this somewhat abstract shot.

By deliberately placing the focus on the front of one of the metal bars, and using a very shallow depth of field, I’ve made the whole thing look like it’s just a bit out of reach, which makes it a great image to have sat behind my desktop icons for the day.

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Un Stella Artois, S'il Vous Plait

Seen abandoned outside Cardiff University.

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The Beach at Llwyn Onn

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My choice of desktop wallpaper today continues my theme about the water levels of one of the reservoirs in South Wales. As you can hopefully see from this shot, the northern end of the Llwyn Onn Reservoir has been completely exposed by the retreating waters, and is drying out and cracking up quite nicely.

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Pont yr Daf Revealed By Drought

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For this week’s theme, I had originally planned (and uploaded; they’re in my Flickr photo stream if you want a sneak peak) some macro shots taken around the house, but that will have to wait.

Thursday last week, I think it was, I saw a newspaper headline about impending drought and water shortages. That seemed odd, thought I, remembering how full the Welsh reservoirs had been earlier in the year, and thought nothing more of it. Then, on Saturday, I saw these photos on Flickr by trelewis of an old bridge normally hidden beneath the reservoir waters at Llwyn Onn.

So on Sunday afternoon, Kristi and I went up to see for ourselves. Given that it’s only mid-June, with the summer months still to come, the reservoir levels are very low indeed, and I changed my mind for this week’s theme and decided to share with you some of the shots I took, shots that normally simply aren’t possible. There’ll be more shots each day this week, and on Saturday I’ll publish the full set here on this blog.

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This is the recently-completed road bridge into Bute Park from North Road. This photograph is taken at the western end of the bridge, looking east towards North Road.

The bridge is part of controversial changes to Bute Park to provide a new access route for lorries to enter and leave the park. Before this bridge over the Bute Dock Feeder was built, lorries had to enter and leave by one of the main pedestrian routes behind Cardiff Castle.

Despite sustained opposition from the public, and a motion of opposition, Cardiff Council (controlled by the Liberal Democrats and Plaid Cymru at the time) pushed ahead with the construction of this new bridge, which opened in 2010.

For myself, I can understand why making a new entry route into the park for lorries and service vehicles would be beneficial. What I don’t understand is why they didn’t align the eastern end of the bridge with the existing road junction, allowing vehicles to enter and leave the park from all directions. All exiting vehicles are forced to turn north, and their only opportunities to then change route after that are either at Maindy or Gabalfa Roundabout.

The Controversial Bridge

New Bridge Over The Bute Dock Feeder

Post and Walkers

Traffic Control On The New Bridge

Steel Cables On The New Bridge

Steel Cables and Post on the New Bridge

References:

http://no2lorriesinbutepark.blogspot.com/
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/04/16/green-activists-protest-bute-park-bridge-cycle-lanes/
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/south_east/7294834.stm
http://www.urban75.net/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=243752
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2010/03/30/bute-park-a-tear-is-shed/
http://www.buteparksalliance.org/Council_250609.html

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A Sea of Daisies

Bute Park is one of the enduring legacies from the heady days of Cardiff’s wealth from being a major shipping port. Located in the north west corner of the city centre, just a few minutes walk from all of Cardiff’s major shopping areas, it offers open fields, river and canal banks, an arboretum, sculptures and art installations, cycle trails, and superbly-tendered plants and flowers. There’s even a stone circle.

And, in the midst of all this careful tendering, you also get wild plants and flowers that have seeded themselves, such as this wonderful carpet of daisies.

For many of the folks who work in Cardiff city centre, Bute Park offers a great place to escape during lunch hours, and is always popular with the students from the nearby Cardiff University.

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