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

Crossing Two Bridges

The area around Pont y Werin bridge is a little congested visually, perfect for shots like this showing a jogger in red crossing the footbridge whilst a white van heads west on the A4232 away from Cardiff Bay.

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Refuge In The Bay

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

There are two ways to get to Holy Island on foot: walk along the causeway (which will be the focus of next week’s wallpaper), or cross the bay itself when the tide is out far enough – which is the topic for this week. The walk across the bay is the shorter route distance-wise, and is marked by a series of poles, but leaves you at risk from the tide for much longer. Just be warned – when the tide comes in, it comes in very quickly because of how flat the bay is, making refuges like this one a must for those folks caught by surprise.

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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.

Here are all the shots I took of Barmouth Bridge. It’s worth visiting Barmouth with a camera just for the bridge alone; it makes for a fascinating study through the lens. Despite having taken all of these shots, I could very happily go back with my current camera rig and shoot it all over again.

Barmouth Bridge

Barmouth Bridge

Barmouth Bridge

James Bond's Enemy's Lair

Rails Towards Barmouth

Footbridge Beside The Railway

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

Buildings On Lindisfarne

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Photographer In The Field

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

Next to the windmill that I featured yesterday stands what I’m guessing is the farmhouse that used to go with it. Even from this distance, you can see that it is clearly shuttered up, although it is impossible to tell whether that means it is boarded up and unoccupied or simply shuttered to protect from the awful weather we’d had earlier in the week!

But what really caught my eye was the lone photographer out in the flooded path between the car park (where I was standing) and the old farm. Seeing him there makes me think: what was it that he could see from there? Something to investigate during a future return trip in drier weather!

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos this week. Come back tomorrow, when my Project 25×9 shot features both the windmill and this farmhouse side by side.

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Cheery Chappy

A piece of street art at Pont y Werin bridge, which was opened in 2010 to link Cardiff Bay to Penarth.

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Leaf on Green Water

Seen floating in the National Cenotaph of Wales, during one of the rare times that it was accessible to the public to explore.

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Former Windmill?

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

The path from the ‘No Unauthorised Vehicles’ sign onwards (when it isn’t completely flooded out!) leads to this very eye-catching former windmill, beautifully framed by the sea of grasses resplendent in their autumn colours. It’s an easily-missed sight (I didn’t spot it anywhere in the first 10 pages of Lindisfarne shots on Flickr), and one I want to return to in a future year in drier weather to explore much more closely!

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No Unauthorised Vehicles Beyond This Point

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

To the east of the causeway, if you pull off the road to the north, there’s quite a large car park that makes a great base for exploring the western end of Holy Island on foot. We’d had a lot of rain the day before, leaving much of the car park (and all of the path beyond!) under water. I was just tickled by this sign, marooned in the middle of the pools of water, telling motorists that they couldn’t go any further.

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

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

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