Valleys Regional Park – Aberdulais Falls Water Wheel

This week I spent two days at the Valleys Regional Park Community Tourism Conference. Included in the conference were a choice trips to various tourist sites in the South Wales valleys.

Aberdulais Falls I have passed this so many times over the years but not, until now, actually visited. It’s a fascinating place but if you would like to see the falls, you’ll have to come back tomorrow! The first thing I looked at was this iron staircase set against the rocks. I guess it is my interest in metal that led me from this to the water wheel and my interest in field recording that prompted me to record the changing sound of the water as it was channelled to the wheel with the falls in the background.

IMG_7524 Aberdulais Falls Water Wheel

Aberdulais Falls Water Wheel

Aberdulais Falls Water Wheel

Aberdulais Falls Water Wheel

Dialogue

Dialogue is essential – no argument an ever be resolved without it. No matter how much fighting goes on, the argument will always be resolved through dialogue.

The peace talks in Northern Ireland 14 or 15 years ago were the original inspiration for my work with barbed wire in weave (see yesterday’s post).

“Dialogue” is another piece of work I made using the contrasting textures of wool and steel. The rods on which the weaving and barbs are suspended, wobble and waver if touched, and represented for me, the delicate, no, precarious nature of the situation in Northern Ireland at the time. It could be said that that precarious situation has continued to exist there, albeit to a lesser extent.

This work is available for sale – anyone interested should contact me.

Dialogue

“Dialogue” 215 x 211 x 45 cms

Dialogue detail 1

“Dialogue” detail 1

Dialogue - detail 2

“Dialogue” – detail 2

Horsey horsey don’t you stop . . .

The season has started again – I spent the weekend doing equestrian photography for Clydach Riding Club. It was their second event of the year and the sun shone all day giving me sunburn on the back of my neck. Mostly I only do the CRC  shows but if anyone asks me to do any other equestrian photography, I am happy to do so. Check out StillWalks Equestrian.

I usually take some extra shots on these days – some of them are below. The last one looks like it is in the middle of being Photoshopped, but the horse box really was that colour!

Photos from the show can be seen at www.stillwalks.photoshelter.com

I have moved this part of the StillWalks photography shop to Photoshelter and will be moving the main StillWalks photography there as well. Until I do, all StillWalks photos for sale can be found at www.photoboxgallery.com/stillwalks

Clydach Riding Club

Not all went to plan

Clydach Riding Club

Walking the course – No.1, No.2 . . .

Clydach Riding Club

Number 4

Clydach Riding Club

Number 5

Clydach Riding Club

Looking on

Clydach Riding Club

Extras

A Change of Scene

Moving away from Lliw Reservoir which has featured a lot in my recent posts, I have some new photos from Hereford. We drove up there last week for my daughter’s final interview for university. She has since been accepted by all five to which she applied – clever girl 🙂

Although the roads in Hereford seemed very busy during mid week, this small city is very attractive in parts with the cathedral being central. The colour of the stone is beautiful and changes with the light (naturally). It was a dull day when we were there but that didn’t spoil what was a pleasant and successful day out. I wonder if we will be seeing more of it – depends on Hannah’s choice really! You can see her blog here.

Hereford

A park by the castle in Hereford

Church Street, Hereford

Church Street, Hereford

Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral

Hereford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral
Hereford Cathedral

Football in the Park

They say smell is one of the best memory triggers. Sound, I would say, is another.

Whilst walking through our local park on Saturday morning, the local school football team had a match on. I don’t know who they were playing but the scene took me back to my own early years when I too played football on the school team. My memory tells me I didn’t do much else for a while – either football or riding my bicycle. Happy memories 🙂

Football in the Park

Production Day

First it was on, then it was off . . . then it was on again! The weather, these days, is unpredictable. Last Friday when we went to do our recce for the latest production with the Sights and Sounds of the Countryside project, the conditions led us to postpone the following day’s work.

Heavy Weather

Heavy Weather

However, Saturday was dry, and not only that, almost all the snow had gone! So with a quick announcement on Facebook and email, we went ahead with what turned out to be a great production day, even though we were not able to cover everything required and will have to go back next week. Fingers crossed for dry weather again.

More of these shots can be seen on the project Facebook page.