Just back from a wet and windy weekend in Wales, I thought I’d quickly share just ten photos from the trip (yes I know I’ve a huge backlog of Canada photos to share… all in good time!).
I’ve been to south Wales a few times in autumn and winter but it’s the first time the weather has been quite so bad. Rainstorms and gusty winds overnight meant some missed sleep, but luckily the worst of the daytime weather came when I was under cover.
Saturday morning was rained out, and Plantasia in Swansea offered a watertight glass dome filled with plants and animals. As the weather brightened up a lunchtime trip to Verdi’s Cafe in Mumbles gave the opportunity for views across Swansea Bay. Being close to 5th November there were lots of fireworks to choose from in the area, and seeing a bonfire and fireworks in the shadow of Coity Castle was a treat.
On Sunday a trip to the Cats Protection Bridgend Adoption Centre left me feeling a little sad that there were so many cats waiting to be adopted. But I was perked up by a visit to St Fagans, and all the dark clouds didn’t lead to a drenching. This was my second visit to the museum, which is a huge site with various buildings from all over Wales. The buildings are dismantled brick-by-brick and rebuilt at St Fagans. The St Teilo’s Church, for example, took twenty years to dismantle and move. Autumn is a great time to visit and see all the buildings set amongst the colourful trees.
A wet weekend produced a small but lovely waterfall at St Fagans National Museum of History.
Looking up a chimney and getting rewarded with some colourful lens flare at St Fagans National Museum of History.
The Newbridge War Memorial, donated to the St Fagans National Museum of History in 1995.
An artistic little window in St Teilo's Church, from the late 12th century and moved to St Fagans in 1985.
A watermill nestled amongst the trees at St Fagans.
Fireworks at Coity Castle.
More fireworks at Coity Castle.
In the pitch black, the camera could still capture Coity Castle.
The seafront at Mumbles is very pretty, and if you ever go be sure to go to Verdi's for an ice cream.
My day job has recently taken me to Manchester a few times. The usual routine being get into Manchester, get work done, get home. But on this occasion I had a little free time to explore the city, with the camera of course.
Luckily I was staying in a hotel just off the photo walk route, so picked the nearest point and had a six mile anti-clockwise walk around the city. For those that don’t know Manchester, it has a reputation for always raining there… but it’s not true, the weather I had was good and I even caught some sun.
Manchester has some stunning architecture and does a great job of embracing the old and the new.
The Peveril of the Peak - a Mancunian pub adorned in green tiles... I like it!
The Hilton hotel, the tallest building in Manchester. It's home to some famous footballers, a cocktail bar with views across the city, and the architects apartment (top two floors) with an olive tree which was helicoptered in.
In Manchester's history, canals were an important way of ferrying goods around. Today, lock 92 has this fantastic view.
An old building being demolished, with a spray of water to stop the dust flying around.
Sky bridges, always seem like a 1950s vision of the future.
Flying man art.
The Co-Operative Insurance building - a building in a glass skin, with air conditioning condensers housed like art.
Another Manchester canal flanked by buildings.
Building work hidden behind brick-printed sheets on scaffolding to make it blend in.
Now that autumn has arrived in the UK, it’s a great time to spend some time outdoors seeing how nature responds to the change of season. An arboretum is a great place to see nature and, of course, take photos too!
So I recently went to Westonbirt Arboretum with fellow photo blogger Sheila Morris (you can see some of Sheila’s photo’s on her blog) to spend a few hours getting photos of the amazing colours and wildlife. Westonbirt is a very large place, and even with all the crowds we saw at the cafe, once out in the woods there was plenty of peace and quiet to focus on getting the best photos.
For most photos I used the Olympus 60mm macro lens, which allowed me to get in really close for detail in some of the photos below. It’s probably the first time I’ve used the 1:1 mode on this lens, which meant that I physically had to move towards the subject to get it in focus. But when you get it right, the results are outstanding.
An abstract photo of some logs - the texture of the bark is amazing.
Conkers in the autumnal sun.
Westonbirt is great for red acer trees, you just have to time your visit right.
A daisy close up, still soaking up the sun.
A conker that looks like an evil eye.
The silhouette of a fly on a leaf, you can see all the veins in the leaf.
Lines in the bark of a (possibly) wild cherry tree.
A close up (macro) of some raindrops on a fallen leaf.