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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Wednesday, 21 October 2009

TURNED OUT NICE. PART TWO. (20/10/09)

Packed up my gear, wrapped my books in two plastic bags, wrapped the flash in a zip lock and set off for the castle.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA CAREW CASTLE.......Rain it was hard to breath in, the mullioned windows are an Elizabethan make over. The castle goes way back to 1098, if my recollection is correct. The bit of paper I wrote notes on is totally illegible, be on the net, definitely Norman in design and it probably took them thirty years to get from Hastings and build a castle.

I usually find these places a bit disappointing. This was no exception, toilet blocks, kiosks, guard rails, wheelchair ramps, notices about this that and the other, everywhere. So decided to concentrate on interesting colour, texture and detail. The castle is home to a colony of horseshoe bats but they had gone to bed. Not sure why, it was dark as night. Again fill flash, this time through a zip lock bag. The camera is rain proof but the flash isn't and I didn't want a tingle!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA      VAULTED CEILING

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA STAIRCASE

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         THE GREAT HALL......I hope.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA AN ODD CORNER THAT TOOK MY FANCY.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA         THE SLUICE.............Nothing to do with the castle but forgot it when I was doing the mill. I have several more images of the castle but they are all marred by distracting elements, if it rains tomorrow will clone them out and post. If it's fine, as it is as I write, then will try for some Egrets, and whatever else is about, definitely loads of Curlew, a Heron or two and a Red Kite.

8 comments:

  1. It's hard to imagine, looking at those photos, that you were disappointed with the place! Thanks for showing us the best bits! By the way, I've just noticed your name (I know, I'm a bit slow sometimes), my father was Andrew Ward.

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  2. I've spent some time looking at these shots and for the life of me can't choose one over another. They are all wonderful. If I ever had a chance to be that close to a structure so ancient I'd never be able to photograph it-- I'd have a stroke from sheer excitement. Thanks for sharing a part of the world some of us will never see in person.

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  3. Pauline thanks, not the structure itself. Just what they do to them. If folk are too daft to walk around a ruin without realising the pit falls (literally) then there comes a point when natural selection should take it's course.
    Tricia, your hands would have got awful wet and dirty, Within ten miles or so there are at least another three. In Wales hundreds, one does tend to ignore the familiar. Perhaps I have been a little cavalier. Will post some more for you.

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  4. This has been a fascinating look at how life was. I am not sure I would have enjoyed it so much but somebody did and made a go of it in those days.

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  5. The various notices and information are useful to visitors but I do agree they can detract from the looks of an ancient building as a whole. Those sorts of places come to life on the odd occasion one of the historical re-enactment groups takes over for a while. I think that would be difficult there though looking at the state of what is left.
    Love the first photo - just the right colour tone to give the place some atmosphere.
    Glad you didn't get a 'tingle'.

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  6. Abe, It was OK if you were at the top of the heap, not so good if you were holding it up.
    John, Information is fine, It's the: 'Mind Your Head.' 'Beware slippery When Wet.' ' Do not climb the Walls.' Repeated ad nausem. Which I object to.
    There has to be a way round the Health and Safety nonsense.

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  7. Love your comment about 'natural selection' and agree entirely!

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  8. Never made it to that castle Adrian. A lot of the Welsh Castles are very impressive though.
    I think I know what you mean and how doing everthing by the book loses a lot of atmosphere.

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