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

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.

One of the common features of Welsh castles (as apposed to English castles built to keep the Welsh in line) is that they’re extremely well hidden, and normally very small. Castell y Bere near Craig y Aderyn fits that criteria perfectly. Even with a good map, we had a devil of a job finding it; you can drive right past it and not notice it is there, even after all these years of peace between the English and the Welsh.

Craig y Aderyn (Bird Rock)

Steps Up Into Castell y Bere

The View Towards Craig y Aderyn (Bird Rock)

Castell y Bere

The Well At Castell y Bere

The Path Down From Castell y Bere

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Wall And Gate

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

Inner Farne is a beautiful place to visit, with no shortage of subjects to keep a photographer happy until it’s time to leave once more. This is my personal favourite from the visit (and one of my favourites from the whole holiday); a simple shot along the boundary wall of the Trinity House lighthouse. Hopefully you’ll find this a great wallpaper to lighten up your Friday until it’s time to escape the office and head off for the weekend.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the photos from and around the Farne Islands over the last two weeks. If you haven’t decided where to go for your main vacation this summer, I can’t recommend the Northumberland coastal areas highly enough.

New theme next week 🙂

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Jetty Pillars

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

As you can see from Google’s satellite photo, the harbour at Inner Farne features quite a long jetty, along which tourists disembark and embark once again at the end of their visit. Underneath this concrete structure, down by the water’s edge, can clearly be seen the pillars that hold it up as it marches out into the bay.

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Jetty Pillars

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

As you can see from Google’s satellite photo, the harbour at Inner Farne features quite a long jetty, along which tourists disembark and embark once again at the end of their visit. Underneath this concrete structure, down by the water’s edge, can clearly be seen the pillars that hold it up as it marches out into the bay.

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Footprints In The Sand

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

We had an hour on Inner Farne itself, and towards the end many of the tourists made their way down to the small harbour to sit on the beach and wait for the boarding to begin. The sand here was pretty dry, keeping only a hint of the footprints as we passed over it.

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Do Not Lean On Fence

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

From the boat, we got to see impressive sea stacks, and once landed on Inner Farne, we were free to wander up to the top of them along the coastline. They are roped off with a very sturdy steel cable fence, and I don’t know about you, but I’d do what the sign says!

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Marker Stone

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, landing on Inner Farne after cruising around the islands.

All around Inner Farne, you’ll find these small white marker stones. The TH stands for Trinity House, who operate the Farne lighthouse remotely from Harwich in Essex.

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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.

Barmouth sits at the mouth of the Mawddach, a river that has carved a stunning estuary over the years. Apart from the beautiful railway bridge (which I’ve probably bored you to death with by now!) it is home to a little harbour and plenty of small boats.

Boats on the Mawddach

Dave's Revenge on the Mawddach

Barmouth Bridge in Silhouette

Barmouth Bridge in Silhouette

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

Sunset In Northumberland

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Purple And Soaked

My theme this week is our visit to the Farne Islands back in September 2010. We took one of the many popular tourist boat trips from Seahouses on the Northumberland coast, giving us about two and a half hours offshore, cruising around the islands before landing on Inner Farne.

Despite the good weather we enjoyed during our trip, it pays to remember that you are sat on a small boat travelling out into the North Sea, and that you should expect to get a bit of a soaking if you want to sit on one of the outdoor seats to enjoy the view. Dress sensibly, like this lady did, and it will all add to the fun of the day.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos. During this trip, we did make landfall on Inner Farne (where we visited St Cuthbert’s Chapel, and next week I’ll share those photos with you. Have a great weekend!

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