Balconies, Pont y Werin

The new apartment blocks built down in Cardiff Bay provide many photo opportunities, especially those around the new Pont y Werin bridge connecting the bay to Penarth. I loved the way the jutting out balconies drew the eye in, and yet at the same time provided a rich contrast to the brilliant-as-new white walls of the apartment block itself.

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Statue Outside 1 Kingsway

I could not find a plaque at all naming this statue, but isn’t she a beauty? Shot at f/2.8 because of the very close proximity of all the buildings around this place.

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Aneurin Bevin Statue

Statue on Queen Street, Cardiff, of the founder of the National Health Service.

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Merry Christmas, everyone. I hope you’re all wrapped up nice and warm!

Last week, the #uksnow finally arrived in South Wales, turning everything into a winter wonderland right on our doorstep. With the car buried in snow, Mrs H and I headed out on foot with the cameras. I’ve been sharing these shots via my Desktop Wallpaper project all week; here’s a round-up of all of the photos that I’ve published on Flickr for the snow.

Poor Driving Conditions

Snow-Covered Cables

The A470 Under Snow

Taff Trail Sign In The Snow

Disappearing Off Into The Snow

Merthyr Road In Mist

Sunlight On The Snow

School's Out For Snow

Snow-Covered Cables

Zebra Crossing With A Snow Hat

Rusting Pole In The Snow

Bus Stop In The Snow

Quarry In The Snow

Cottages Through The Trees

Trecherous Side Road

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Merthyr Road In Mist

It’s Christmas Eve, which means that this week’s theme of a snow-covered Merthyr Road is drawing to a close. So, to finish off the week, here’s how the end of my street looked on Saturday morning after the unseasonable snow Friday afternoon and evening.

40 years ago, before the A470 trunk road was completed, this was the main road between Cardiff, Merthyr and Brecon, but thanks to the snow and mist, this week it was reduced to picture-postcard status. Plenty of 4×4’s and vans still struggled up and down it, with the odd car too, but snow ploughs? Didn’t see one all morning whilst we were out with the cameras, sadly.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s seasonable and unusually (for me!) topical theme. Have yourself a safe and Merry Christmas.

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Snow-Covered Cables

This week’s wallpaper theme is the unseasonable snow that arrived at the weekend, as we countdown to Christmas Day on Saturday.

Everywhere we looked was a photograph just waiting to be taken, and that included looking upwards. It’s fair to say that much of South Wales infrastructure remains firmly in the 20th century, and there are fewer things that hark back to the fading end of the industrial period more than the mass of telegraph poles carrying overhead cables into our stone terraced houses. If you’re out and about trying to capture photos, remember to look up!

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Cottages Through The Trees

Between Pontypridd and Abercynon, the floor of the valley is mostly farmland, punctuated by this row of currently snow-blanketed cottages. They look very postcard-like in this shot. They also look like they need some extra loft insulation adding too!

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Poor Driving Conditions

One of the reasons we chose to move to Pontypridd was that it’s got excellent road and rail links, including the impressive A470 trunk road. But on Saturday, the recent and unseasonable winter weather turned both the A470 and its predecessor (renumbered the A4054) into snow-bound car parks for the morning.

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Taff Trail Sign In The Snow

My plan for this week was to start my ‘2010 In Photography’ review … but the turn in the weather at the weekend was simply too good a photography opportunity to pass up. So, as we countdown to Christmas Day on Saturday, my wallpaper choices this week are all based around South Wales in the unseasonable winter snow.

The UK has been suffering from the snow for a bit now, but mostly we’ve managed to avoid it down here in and around Cardiff. All that changed on Friday, as the snow gods finally remembered about us and decided to pay us a visit! Mrs H and I woke up on Saturday morning to a scene we haven’t seen since I moved over here ten years ago now, and headed out on foot with the cameras to capture the conditions. We’re very lucky where we live, as the Taff Trail runs very close to our front door. Oddly enough, there weren’t any cyclists out on Saturday morning though 😉

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We Will Exterminate You

… and to finish this week’s wallpaper, here’s the real reason we were down in Cardiff Bay: to take our visiting friend to see daleks. Lots and lots of daleks. I think that made her quite happy 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this week’s wallpaper theme. I’ll be back on Monday with more of my photos to enjoy as desktop wallpaper. Have a good weekend.

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