There was a great sunset over the Vale of Glamorgan last night. Reminded me of a Turner painting. We get some great sunsets in South Wales.
Autumn is fully upon us in Cardiff Bay.
These trees are alongside the Roath Basin next to the Atradius building, and show some great colours.
Across the basin the new BBC studios are currently being built. When finished they’ll be used for Casualty, Doctor Who and Torchwood.
I recently discovered Stuart Herbert’s Photo Diary.
Stuart is an excellent amateur photographer who concentrates on landscapes and Post-Industrial South Wales.
He’s currently documenting the Merthyr Road – the legacy of the industrialisation of the South Wales Valleys from Merthyr Tydfil to Cardiff Docks.
Stuart is great at capturing the essence of the industrial South Wales valleys and his photos are well worth a look.
So some strange goings on in Cardiff Bay as revealed by Google Street View. Street View has provoked some controversy and some interesting comments over privacy issues but at the end of the day it doesn’t actually show anything that isn’t publicly available to someone walking down the street on the day that the photos were taken.
However, it has shown up some really bizarre things going on in the streets, even in our own Cardiff Bay. The Street View snapshot above shows what appears to be a ghost in Cardiff Bay!!
Some people seem to think that it’s related to the wormhole situated in Cardiff Bay shown in Torchwood. I think it’s more likely somebody advertising the forthcoming Mary Poppins show in the Cardiff Bay Millennium Centre 🙂
Click on the photo for a bigger version or click here for a better view.
I got some good action shots using a long lens.
This guy was quite a way out and I took the picture hand-held so it’s a bit unsharp but the you can see the fear on the guy’s face! Much better than I can do though!
Click on the photo for a better view.
Last weekend we went to the Wales GB rally.
It was a brilliant day for it as the two photos show. It was cold (- 3°C) but without any clouds at all, so it was gloriously sunny.
The village of Sigginstone (or Sigingstone) near Cowbridge is famous for two things – the Victoria Inn pub and the Llandow Plane Crash.
On Sunday March 12th 1950 an Avro Tudor V was returning from Dublin with 78 rugby supporters on board. The previous day Wales had won the coverted Triple Crown in Belfast. 75 passengers and all 5 crew were killed.
After several days of grey and gloom there was an amazing sunset in Cardiff Bay tonight – a gradual change from blue to black in the sky colour, but most amazing of all was that two planets were easily visible.
In the photo you can see Venus to the lower right (almost in the centre of the frame) and Jupiter above and to the left. Venus is currently about 1.09AU (astronomical units) away – that’s about 101,321,918 miles! Jupiter is about 5.66AU away – that’s about 526,130,324 miles!!
A classic from the BBC News site today. The sign pictured left was erected in Swansea. The Welsh translation translates back as “I am not in the office at the moment. Please send any work to be translated.”
A classic copy and paste error. 🙂
See the original BBC article here for full details. Photo copyright BBC.
Strangely enough we found ourselves going across the Severn again this week and decided to cross on the original Severn Bridge. The photo on the left shows the 2nd Severn Crossing in the distance. The old bridge is being maintained again, as has been common over the last 30 years or so. Luckily the new bridge means that the old bridge is pretty quiet these days.
You can buy prints online from her site – http://www.maristerlingphotography.com/
Something for my photography to aspire to!
So this is it, the first item on my new blog about South Wales. Having sold my previous site on South Wales tourism (http://www.south-wales.org.uk) to my new friend Bob it’s time to move on. Obviously I don’t want to replicate anything on my old site so the idea of this site is to post things that I find interesting about South Wales as I spend my time here. I’ve a big interest in photography so I expect to post a lot of pictures of South Wales and the surrounding area. I also expect to suggest the best pubs and restaurants that I discover as I still have a keen interest in this topic!
Here’s my first photo taken earlier today – the River Ewenny at Merthyr Mawr. Much more picturesque than when it flows through nearby Bridgend!