Railings on the Taff

Stuart Herbert’s Photo Diary

Railings on the Taff

Railings on the Taff – © Stuart Herbert

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.

You can find Stuart’s photo diary here – http://blog.stuartherbert.com/photography/ and more of his photos on Flickr here – http://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/

Welsh Daffodil

Welsh DaffodilThe daffodil is the national flower of Wales. This is a great shot of one in our garden with the sunlight streaming through it.

The roadside verges, gardens and parks throughout Wales are full of daffodils at this time of year.  A great Welsh sight!

Strange goings on in Cardiff Bay on Google Street View

Google Street View Cardiff Bay GhostSo 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 🙂

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Langland Bay Surfing – Watch out!

Langland Bay Surfing - Scared surferI took this picture down in Langland Bay last summer.  It’s a favourite spot for surfers in the Gower and the wind was really strong on this day so the surf was up.

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!

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Sigginstone Plane Crash March 12th 1950

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. read more

Cardiff Bay Sunset with Jupiter and Venus

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!!

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Cardiff Bay Sunset

The light was pretty amazing in Cardiff Bay today especially at sunset.  I wandered out in front of the Senydd and took a few shots of the sky and the setting sun.

The clouds had some pretty amazing shapes and the St David’s Hotel and the surrounding apartment blocks looked great in silhouette. read more

2nd Severn Crossing

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.

Sunrise behind the Severn Bridge

View of the sunrise behind the 2nd Severn Crossing 4th October 2008Not a very good photo I’m afraid but we were driving up to London yesterday and there was an amazing sunrise.  We were just approaching the 2nd Severn Crossing on the M4 and so we managed to catch the sunrise just peaking through the bridge.  The motorway was pretty quiet at 7am !!!!

Start of my new South Wales site

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!

River Ewenny at Merthyr Mawr

River Ewenny at Merthyr Mawr