Archive for March, 2013

Some beach shots whilst the weather warms up..

Hello all,

Sorry for the gap of late and the lazy posting of videos instead, but it’s been blooming horrible here of late and, to be honest, I haven’t felt 100%. However, it’s a grey day and I can’t take any snaps at all, so here I am with a few more pictures from my current card (which is taking FOREVER to fill up).

First image is from a beach which is not my usual trip; this is Broadhaven. I went here thinking the weather would clear up and I could experiment like I did in Newport with a few images of the tide coming in. There is one as the next image but, as you can see, the sun stayed stubbornly behind clouds making things look almost monochrome! That and wind, I didn’t want to stay around too long.

Broadhaven..so far away from habitation that it truly appears black and white no matter what!

Broadhaven..so far away from habitation that it truly appears black and white no matter what!

Here is that image with the incoming tide. Amazing what you can try when you have a pair of wellies on. Mind you, you still need to be aware of the tides as you can concentrate in one direction whilst your “escape route” rapidly disappears under a good few inches of water. It’s not happened….yet.

Oooh, letter-box landscapes. How fashionable of me

Oooh, letter-box landscapes. How fashionable of me

Next is me going back to what I know. Newgale! Well, what do you expect? I’ve hardly seen the sun to take any nice landscapes at all this year. In fact for the next post, I may have to put on some historical images as there have been so few new opportunities of late. Either that or go on a long trip to undertake a specific project. we shall see.

Some nice pastel colours and the tide creeping in under the sand made for a nice capture I thought

Some nice pastel colours and the tide creeping in under the sand made for a nice capture I thought

Still at Newgale this was a few days later. It was quite a funny occurrence actually as I was there by chance but it would appear that local photographers had been keeping a beady eye on the weather and decided, out of sight, to converge on pretty much the same place I was standing. So, as I shuffled about to change angles and so on, I looked around to see a handful of other people watching exactly the same scene as me…seems that people really do stop to watch the sunset! Hope you like the result.

One of the very few recent winter sunsets over Newgale and the Islands

One of the very few recent winter sunsets over Newgale and the Islands

That’s all for now. I have a fun weekend planned as I’m having to deep clean the fishtank after a bloom of algae that killed a good few of the inhabitants. Wish me luck. See you all soon.

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A couple of new YouTube videos..

Hello All,

Posted a couple of relaxing “should-be-set-in-a-loop-on desktops-as-a-moving wallpaper” type videos on my channel today, please drop in for a look by clicking the links below;

http://youtu.be/q0eYL8sMfQw – Bosherston

http://youtu.be/rnSscFPQGW0 – Pinnacle Rock from the Cliffs

Before anyone says, yes, I do need to change the quality on my recording device. I didn’t think of that beforehand as this is kinda new to me.

See you soon!

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..and now, the weather

Hello all,

A great British obsession, the weather. I think, personally, that the forecast is infinitely more interesting than the news programmes that come before it most days seeing our news is mainly pestilence, famine and war or a mixture of, most of which we are involved in.

It’s been quite a wet winter here in Wales, but apparently, we shouldn’t worry as it’s going to be drier over the next few days. But it’s going to get colder. Yay! I keep wanting to wash the car but not much point if it’s going to be sprayed with salt again as soon as I venture out!

Anyway, enough of my gibbering about cars, I should get these pictures up. These are just a few random ones from recent walks and I will confess that I have smoothed them all for your viewing pleasure as there is quite a lot of cloud that doesn’t focus very well when you take a snap! The first image was an interesting “stepped” cloud formation over the nearby refinery in Milford Haven that’s visible from a hill a short walk from where I live. Yes, it’s not pretty but it creates a bit of context.

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as "industrial beauty" especially at night, but I'm sure some would disagree

I think a friend who visited this area referred to the stacks as “industrial beauty” especially at night, but I’m sure some would disagree

Moving further down, I went on a few trips to Newgale and I think the next two images were only a day or so apart, just shows how different the sky can look in a short amount of time. In the first instance, you can see a towering storm cloud (I think I know the name but won’t embarrass myself by getting it wrong) that has been lit by the sun going down; a bit hazy and not as pretty as some I have seen but nice none the less, particularly in black and white as I have posted it here.

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

This towering cloud was too far away to give any rain but still looked imposing

Moving on, same beach a few days later but a different set of sky and a different set of colours. Over to the left, you can see a few ships in the queue for the Haven deep water channel, probably dropping off some materials for the refining process. On stormy days I do feel sorry for them, bobbing around out there!

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

I do like a good set of sunrays, me

Finally, one of those famous squalls over the hills I quite often see just from the house. This one didn’t really amount to much, you can see some light rain on the left in the distance but the mix of colours from dark to light once again caught my eye, as it always does.

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter...makes the season seem very long!

Been seeing quite a few of these this winter…makes the season seem very long!

Looks to be a little brighter here today so I may try to just go down to Port Lion and explore the woods. This is if I get the tide right as if it’s high I have to take a long diversion instead of the direct approach along the beach. Here’s hoping for a little sun to make any pictures a bit brighter!

Stay tuned for the results in a few weeks following uploads…and don’t forget my YouTube channel, just search “Luke Johnson” and choose the channel search from the filters; the more views, the more videos I will post. Thanks!

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Carew Castle and Tide Mill

Hello,

Firstly, sorry for the delay. I had a friend down from Scotland last weekend, so this went on the back burner, but all is back to normal now, so I thought I’d continue through my card and post a few pictures of my wanders. This time, it shows Carew Castle and Tide Mill.

Tide Mill? What’s that? The clue is in the name, it was a mill that ground flour using the power of the tides and stored tidal water. Now long since closed, it is a seasonal museum and a walk for locals that wish to brave the weather the rest of the time. On the occasion I visited, the tide was quite high or at least coming in fairly quickly as you will see. To get to the mill, you need to first go past the Castle.

Carew Castle; it is even imposing now as a ruin

Carew Castle; it is even imposing now as a ruin

According to Mr Wikipedia, a site of military use has existed here for at least 2000 years but the castle we see in the pictures dates from around 1100 AD and was occupied until the late 1600s when it was abandoned and taken on for restoration in the late 1980s; it’s now run as a visitor attraction by the Park Authority.

I'd like to say I was thinking of adding some winter foliage, but it was just a knackered old tree with some red berries on!

I’d like to say I was thinking of adding some winter foliage, but it was just a knackered old tree with some red berries on!

The mill is quite unique, one of only four intact in the UK and the only intact one in Wales. As I said, the day I was here, the tide was quite high and apparently when full, the 22 acres of the tidal pond provide a significant amount of power; this all just drains away now and under some pressure judging by my images!

Such a shame that all this power in the water goes to waste. Funny how things come full circle though isn't it, this kind of power is very fashionable now

Such a shame that all this power in the water goes to waste. Funny how things come full circle though isn’t it, this kind of power is very fashionable now

Once at the mill, the path follows up to a small bridge which now carries a single track road, although I couldn’t get there and take a different aspect of the castle, as it had been flooded and I was wearing trainers! Never mind.

From the flood gate and draining away into the Cleddau Estuary...think of the bread all that water could have made

From the flood gate and draining away into the Cleddau Estuary…think of the bread all that water could have made

As an aside, some of you may be interested in a ghost story about this place;

In the 17th century the castle’s lord, Sir Roland Rees, a former pirate captain, is alleged to have kept a Barbary Ape, most likely a mandrill, inside the castle. Rees had acquired the creature on one of his many voyages. Rees was a very ill-tempered and mannered individual, and would host banquets at the castle just to shout insults and laugh at his guests. The ape, whom he named Satan, would mimic him and laugh at the guests too.

One stormy night, when there was strong wind and rain, the ape grew restless while Rees drank heavily in the dining hall. There was a knock at the door and a tradesman appeared to deliver his rent, but had only half the money needed. Rees was already upset at the man because he did not approve of his son’s relationship with the man’s daughter. In a drunken rage, Rees loosened the ape’s chains and goaded it to maul the tradesman close to death. The tradesman escaped but, weak through loss of blood and struggling to make his way out, collapsed in semi-consciousness.

The tradesman was rescued by a benevolent servant who tended to his wounds and hid him away in his quarters, intending to let him go when the violent storm passed. As the two men talked a violent cry and mad laughter was heard coming from the dining hall. They rushed to the scene to find Sir Rees dead on the floor, his throat gashed open, and the ape burning in the fireplace. The ghosts of the ape and its master are said to haunt the castle to this day. Footsteps are reported regularly, objects throw themselves, and the mad cackling laughter of an ape echoes through the halls.

Oooooh, spooky! Just to say that I have visited inside and I haven’t heard any mad apes, so don’t let this put you off if you fancy dropping in! Next post in a week or so as per normal.

Thanks for stopping by.

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