Hunting Easter eggs in the land of Dragons.

Posted in Castles, Celtic, dragons, Festival, forts, gawain and the green knight, king arthur, knights, legends, lumix lx7, medieval, medieval castle, medieval joust, Monument, moods, photo, photoblog, Photography, quaint, renactment, tourism, travel, Uncategorized, Wales, walking, walks on April 20th, 2014 by wabisabipix

A delightful place to spent a day during an easter break is the highly impressive Caerphilly Castle in South Wales.Famous most recently for its role in the popular BBC TV Series Merlin but with a long history that very much equals the drama of its fictional roles.It is an enormous stone beast surrounded by moats and drawbridges and on approach looks very much like it has just repelled a siege by a well equipped invading army.It was built by the Norman Gilbert de Clare who was an enemy of the Welsh prince Llywelyn ap Gruffydd in the 13th Century and provide the influence for many of the concentric designs of Edward I castles in North Wales.As time moved on and regime change took place,the role of the castle changed and it found itself without a purpose.The castles condition declined until eventually in the late 19th century the third marquess of Bute began preservation work on this and other castles in the region.It is a great destination for tourism and provides a great Easter egg hunt for the kids,look out for the Dragons in the ancient hallways though!

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Guardian of the sands.

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19th, 2014 by wabisabipix

At Nash Point on the Heritage Coastline of the Vale of Glamorgan in South Wales stands the Nash Point light house.

Trinity House instructed Joseph Nelson to construct the two light house towers 300 meters apart.The towers and their lights helped vessels steer clear of the Nash Sands which extend 7 miles west of the headland. The sands are a major hazard to shipping which had contributed to the loss of many vessels and lives.

A passenger vessel, the Frolic, foundered on the sands in March 1831 with the loss of around 78 lives and this gave extra impetus to have the station completed as soon as was possible.The foundations for both towers were laid by 1 October 1831 and the station was completed and first shone its lights on 1 September 1832, just 11 months later, an incredible engineering achievement. The lighthouse has shone its light every night since, successfully assisting mariners in their safe passages with very few maritime incidences occurring in the intervening time.ImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImageImage

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The Brecon Mountain Railway

Posted in Brecon Mountain Railway, railway, steam engine, steam locomotive, train, Uncategorized on October 24th, 2013 by wabisabipix

The Brecon Mountain Railway is a private railway run by enthusiasts that is open to the public and takes passengers on a trip through the gateway to the Brecon Beacons National Park running from Pant along the full length of the Pontsticill Reservoir near Merthyr Tydfil, in the heart of Wales.A day out here is a lot of fun especially if you have young children! Needless to say standing behind the engine outside the carriage while building up speed down hill with smoke in your face is exhilarating.
This video shows the No.2 Baldwin Locomotive at full steam.
Built by Baldwin USA No. 61269 in 1930
4-6-2 Tender Loco 47 tons
This was built for a cement works in Port Elizabeth in South Africa.
In 1974 it ran away driver less and after travelling a few miles it left the track and was wrecked.
It was treated as an accident write-off by the insurers and was purchased as salvage, shipped back as deck cargo to Liverpool and put in to store.
Rebuilding of this locomotive began in 1990 and it finally entered traffic in 1997.
The rebuild was extensive as the locomotive had suffered severe damage in the accident.
After ten years burning oil it is now converted back to coal.
I shot the video hand held on a Panasonic SD700 camcorder.

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The Gower land of myths and Legends.

Posted in Gower, moods, photo, Photography, relax, walks, wildlife, writing on August 5th, 2009 by wabisabipix
A sight to send any viking marauder paddling backwards (given a bit of fog and a few beverages of course).

A sight to send any viking marauder paddling backwards (given a bit of fog and a few beverages of course).

blowing off some cobwebs and stretching the legs.
blowing off some cobwebs and stretching the legs.
The Worms head Peninsular Wales
The Worms head Peninsular Wales

 

A stormy Day at the Worms Head coastal peninsular in wales in the U.K seems to add to the atmosphere of mystery that accentuates the legends and myths that have lived here for centuries.

The Area in West Wales is steeped in Arthurian legends and ancient folklore and there are tales of hidden caves and passages throughout the area (in fact very true as there is a cave is on the highest point of the worm where ancient human remains were found).

It is in the heart of Dylan Thomas country and in the midst of spectacular bays and scenery.

 

The viking raiders called the long snake like coast the worms head probably after the Wyrm like Dragon creatures of their legends. I suspect it sent a few of them running as the monstrous peak rose out of the fog covered waves one stormy night after too much mead!!!

  

The Worms head bay priory

The Worms head bay priory

Also famous for its shipwrecks and smugglers the area is an outstanding area of natural beauty and an amazing place to visit.

It is a great place to blow off a few cobwebs and stretch the legs and take a few pictures.

I took a nikon D200 and a 70-200mm f2.8 nikkor while in the midst of a torrential rain storm.

The weather didn’t seem to bother the local Surfers though and the area seems to be teeming with them come rain or shine.

Surfers Catching errr! stormy waves.

Surfers Catching errr! stormy waves.

The relentless tidal formations  speckled with their Daring board bound occupants awaiting waves are quite a sight in themselves especially from high up on the cliffs overlooking the bay.

Sometimes a bit of precipitous weather is like gold dust to the mood of an area.

The local coast watch on the look out.

The local coast watch on the look out.

The region is very dramatic by its nature attracting climbers and Surfers alike and a local coast watch keeps a vigil on the head so help is nearby if problems arise .

The cliffs can be treacherous so keeping dogs on a lead may be a good idea unless your canine friends are equipped with a parachute!!!

Oh and take a rain coat and preferably a water resistant camera and above all enjoy what should be a LEGENDARY experience.

I think this sums it up:

Worms Head Sonnet

PATIENT, folded wings; with lifted head,Watchful, outlooking seawards, sits the Form Which, dragon-like, defies the approaching stormThat gathering in the west moves on to spread Rhos-sili’s sands with foam, or, gentlier, shed It’s burden o’er the wardship of the Worm,-The faerie land of gower where wonders swarm Of Arthur’s might, or Merlin’s magic, bred.So frown ye guardian cliffs that us surround,To keep us free within! The tempest’s shock And the assaulting billows make rebound;But not to deafen us; lest we should mock cries of anguish’d peoples whose fair lands Are ravaged by the lustful [foreign] bands.

 Herbert New 1876

 

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