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

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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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Duddo Five Stones

To bring the last fortnight’s theme to a close, here are the Duddo Five Stones standing around the crown of the hill in all of their weathered glory.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s wallpapers as much as I enjoyed sharing them with you. With just one week to go to Christmas, next week I’m going to start counting down my favourite desktop wallpaper choices of 2010. If you have any favourites of your own, please leave a comment!

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Weathered Stones

We’ve visited quite a few standing stones and stone circles over the years, and yet the stones at Duddo stand out for me partly because of how weathered they appear. I can’t think of another set of stones that I’ve seen that are quite so weathered.

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Standing Stone And The Cheviots

The five standing stones at Duddo are set to the magnificent backdrop of the Cheviots, and we were lucky enough to visit them on a day back in September that really showed off how wonderful they can appear.

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Standing Stone And The Hills

The stones at Duddo are said to be the finest in Northumberland, and when we visited them in September, we were thrilled by the stones and their magnificent setting.

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Straw In The Fields

With the cold weather forecasted to return today, my choice of desktop wallpaper is a pleasant memory of September warmth and hay in the fields, freshly harvested.

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

Duddo Five Stones

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Duddo Five Stones

Two of the five stones at Duddo, showing the beautiful weathered texture of the stones, captured basking in the September sun.

I’ll be back on Monday with more shots of Duddo, and check out my Project 25×9 tomorrow for a shot of all five stones with the Cheviots behind.

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The Hills Beyond Duddo Five Stones

Ah, the Cheviots. Don’t they look so tempting, so inviting in this shot?

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