Archive for August, 2013

Spring flooding in Pembrokeshire

Hello All,

I shan’t go into why I haven’t been here but I return. The weather’s lovely here, the sun is shining (although not correctly forecast) for the umpteenth time. I’m on a long weekend so I thought I would post a few pictures of one of my more interesting forays before I go out for a spin in the car.

I say interesting, as there is a scientific twang to some of the pictures, although I did manage to get my usual arty spin on even those! First, I shall start off with the nicer pictures…unusually by the way, this post covers a few areas I went to over the space of a week or so so excuse the skipping around.

One of my favourite haunts again. I know….booooring. However, as it had been very wet over the Winter/Spring, the showing of wild garlic was pretty massive. In fact, as you can see, where there wasn’t a path, there was wild garlic. All you have to do was brush against and you had wafts of garlic. It was very nice. I can only presume the smell was stronger as the flowers had died off and the bulbs were storing more energy to over winter. Or something.

Wild Garlic! Breathe deeply enough and you will suddenly speak with a ridiculous French accent

Wild Garlic! Breathe deeply enough and you will suddenly speak with a ridiculous French accent

As it had been so damp of late and this area is quite densely covered with a tree canopy, the logs that are around had quite considerable fungi growth on them, like this little chap. Funny, as I saw it and the colour, I thought if you picked it off and ate it, it would taste nutty. Weird….some subconcious link between brown and nuts?

By the way, with wild garlic and this kind of fungi, please don’t pick or eat. I’m sure you can if you know what you are doing but I’d personally steer clear!

Mmmm...nutty. Or the causes of much illness...not sure which

Mmmm…nutty. Or the causes of much illness…not sure which

Now on to the arty stuff. There’s my favourite waterfall, I had my circular polarizer in my pocket and a full battery so it seemed rude not to take a slow shutter shot. Actually, this gave me quite a headache. The sun kept coming out and going in, so most of the images I took were a bit screwed up as the settings were all wrong, so this is the best of a bad bunch. I was glad the stones showed up under the water though.

The waterfall that is a constant draw for me and a bit more wild garlic in the lower right

The waterfall that is a constant draw for me and a bit more wild garlic in the lower right

Now to the science kind of bit. As I mentioned before, there had been some considerable rain the few weeks before, pretty heavy too, the kind that creates a mist 6 inches above anything it hits. I think some areas of soil and such had pretty much waved a white flag! Upstream from the main waterfall, some trees had fallen and partly blocked the watercourse….

A natural dam just upstream from where I take all my pictures. Some pretty big logs there

A natural dam just upstream from where I take all my pictures. Some pretty big logs there

A little downstream, the stepping-stones had been undermined and were now all hickledy-pickledy. Luckily for me, I came prepared and had my wellies 🙂

If someone was going to walk across, I would have videoed them to post it on Youtube labelled FAIL!

If someone was going to walk across, I would have videoed them to post it on Youtube labelled FAIL!

Even further down, the beach that joins up with the Coastal Path had a fair portion of bank that had become exposed and was showing off its underwear for all to see. How rude! Nice slate, though.

The bank looks very soft, so hardly surprising that it had given up

The bank looks very soft, so hardly surprising that it had given up

In another place I often frequent, just along from Wolfscastle, there had been a very impressive bursting the banks of the little river there. You can see the normal course and the almost doubling of the width during the height of the flood. Impressive.

Looks horrible here but I went there the other week and no harm done. The nettles are as tall as me and a small nomadic tribe have taken up residence (the last bit's a lie by the way)

Looks horrible here but I went there the other week and no harm done. The nettles are as tall as me and a small nomadic tribe have taken up residence (the last bit’s a lie by the way)

Why, I ask myself, wasn’t I here to take some pictures when it was flooding? Oh well…maybe I don’t like getting wet. The way things are going with our Summers, it won’t be long until I get another chance! I shan’t go preaching about global warming or all that rubbish; my personal opinion is that we are such an insignificant spot on the planet that most of these things would happen in some form or other anyway, it’s just nobody would be recording them. Ooooh…political.

I shall leave you on that note, please feel free to put me “right ” (i.e give your opinion too) in the comments if you feel you want to. See you soon!

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Llys-Y Fran, Pembrokeshire

Hello everyone! Bit of a wet day today so I thought I’d catch up on this blog stuff as it’s been a couple of weeks.

So, to Llys-y-Fran, or to give it the full name, Llys-y-Fran Country Park, this is a big old reservoir that serves a fair proportion of the county I’d imagine. It has circular walks and boat hire and you can even go fishing on it. Whilst this would be interesting, I’m not entirely convinced that I want to eat this fish…if you even can. The agreement may be a “catch and release” scheme, if not I’d imagine you eat at your own risk!

Anyway, none of that fishy fish wander about and knacker yourself out stuff interests me, I’m more interested in the visual impact of the dam at the end and the moving water you often see in the vent (at least I think it’s a vent) to the side of the dam. I sure it’s more complicated than I describe, but here it is….

The main dam drain and vent (I'm sure I have just made those terms up) at Llys-y-Fran

The main dam drain and vent (I’m sure I have just made those terms up) at Llys-y-Fran

Just up the way from the little bridge that crosses the water-course draining out, there’s the ruin of an old building. I have googled etc but do you think I can find anything out about it? All I can imagine is that it was a storage shed or something which just fell into disrepair and was never replaced. I think it looks quite nice now covered with ivy and such.

A strange ruined building just on the way past the dam; you might have to squint to see it to be honest as it's been "reclaimed"

A strange ruined building just on the way past the dam; you might have to squint to see it to be honest as it’s been “reclaimed”

When I’d been looking at the ruin, the sun had come out a little more so the colour in the vent water was in turn a little more vivid so I decided to go back for one more snap.

Brighter sun, brighter rainbow :)

Brighter sun, brighter rainbow 🙂

Couple of disadvantages to the Llys-y-Fran; if you are walking there are hundreds of steps but if you are driving, it has the most fun road in the county for zipping up and down, as it has cool rising hairpins in like in a range of mountains. However, there are always silly people walking down them with unruly children or MPVs stopping to get a view. Blast them all!

Some of you may be thinking that this is irresponsible of me to want to go nipping up and down the hill? Well, you’d be wrong, as there is actually a Council sponsored Hill Climb event here every year, so there. I have 180hp so I may very well try it one day…

Anyway, back to a couple of Spring sunsets; as I said before, the weather started picking up on this download so a good sunset was more prevalent. In fact, during this recent dry spell there have been may things I haven’t seen for some time; vivid red and pink sunsets, crepuscular and anti-crepuscular rays, asperatus (very impressive), towering cumulus, even some obvious convection on very humid nights…and think I spotted arcus cloud one evening.

All this to come my friends! However, I’m afraid the Spring sunsets are a little more watered down…

From left to right, light to dark. Very nice...and a contrail to boot

From left to right, light to dark. Very nice…and a contrail to boot

This is not to say that I don’t enjoy them or that they are any less welcome, I love all sunsets and I enjoy fiddling with the camera to get the best out of them for others to see.

I reduced the shutter speed to make this image a little darker than in real life, but only to exaggerate the rays which were just visible

I reduced the shutter speed to make this image a little darker than in real life, but only to exaggerate the rays which were just visible

The rain is really beating down here. I think this may very well mean that the hot days we have had of late could well be on the way out. If it reaches 20C during the day now, I’d be quite surprised, but I am no weather forecaster, I just like looking at it.

Until next time, best wishes to all who take the time to read this. Ta-ta!

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