Landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales

Stuart enjoys taking great photos and uncovering the stories behind them.

His main photography project is Merthyr Road - a look at the history and the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys.

Towards Pontypridd

Three Bird Boxes

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

The trees along the Thames Path between Sonning and Reading have no shortage of bird boxes nailed to them, but this tree seemed to have the most, with three boxes visible.

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Wooden Slats

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

To finish this week’s wallpapers, my final choice is this close-up shot of some wooden slats that caught my eye. I can’t remember what sort of building or fence the slats were part of though – sorry!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my first set of photos in a while. If you have, please do tell me on Twitter, or fave the photos on Flickr, so that I know how well I’m doing 🙂 There’ll be more wallpapers next week!

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Gate At Sonning Lock

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

Today’s photo is a close-up of one of the gates across the Thames Path at Sonning Lock.

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Union Jacks On A Fence

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

A string of Union Flags tied along a garden fence, presumably to celebrate either Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s diamond jubilee or the London 2012 Olympic Games … or both!

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CCTV Sign and Reflections

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

There are some very striking buildings visible from the Thames Path between Sonning and Reading, forming the Winnersh Triangle business park popular with firms like Oracle and Microsoft. This one in particular caught my eye because, no matter which angle I looked at it, all that I could see were reflections.

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Bird Box Through The Trees

The weekdaily desktop wallpaper is back! It’s been exactly a year, and it hasn’t been a nice one 🙁

This week’s theme is the Thames Path between the picturesque village of Sonning and the growing town of Reading, which has become my new home during the week. The Thames Path runs for a grand total of 184 miles, from the Cotswolds in the west of England through to the iconic Thames Barrier at the east end of London, and it’s a subject I’ll be returning to every now and then.

Today’s photo is one of the many bird boxes that can been seen nailed to the trees between Sonning and Reading.

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Hump With A Hat

Posted by Stuart Herbert on August 7th, 2012 in Other Shots.

Hump With A Hat

Taken last night. Went out for a walk to get a bit of practice in (it has been too long!), and spotted this cone perched on top of the road sign.

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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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Half A Million Thank You’s!

Posted by Stuart Herbert on February 26th, 2012 in News.

Half A Million Thank-Yous!

Last week, I crossed the 500,000 views mark on Flickr. Feels like a nice milestone to have reached 🙂 It’s taken nearly five and a half years to get here. The challenge now is to get to the one million mark a bit quicker!

Top 10 Most Viewed Photos At The Half A Million Waypoint

Graffiti Outside The Treforest Tin Works

Stone Wall Texture

The Lower Gun Deck, HMS Victory

Outside The Rainforest Biodome

Graffiti Inside The Treforest Tin Works

Sunset On Borth Beach

Mumbles Lighthouse

The Abandoned House By Calanais III

British Camp

Dawn on Caerphilly Mountain

10 Of My Personal Favourites

Lighting The Way Home

The Line Of Light

Outside The Core

Merthyr Road In Mist

Wall And Gate

16361

Rock Pool

Calanais At Dusk - HDR

Enjoying The Beautiful Mawddach

Standing Inside Concorde

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Leaving Bath via The Lower Bristol Road

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

To bring this theme, and my time in Bath to a close, I’ve picked one last shot … this is the road I’d walk along every day to get back to Bath Spa Railway Station and catch the train home to Cardiff (when it eventually turned up). I’ve already made that walk for the last time, and now it’s on to the future and making a new life in Reading.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photography.

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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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The Roof of Green Park Station

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

When things get to me, or I just need space to think, I like to get out for a bit of a walk (well, a hobble since the car crash), and one of my favourite places would be the Avon tow path down by the former Green Park railway station. Today, the station is a mixture of a supermarket, the supermarket’s car park, and lots of little shops and offices, but look up at its roof, and it isn’t hard to imagine what it must have been like back in the age of steam.

Copyright (c) Stuart Herbert. Blog | Twitter | Facebook
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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