I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images 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

Sunday 27 November 2011

A DAY OF REST (27/11/11)

Not for me and the wicked it isn’t.

We were out as soon as it was light enough, it was still very windy, well it wasn’t still so ignore the first still. It also kept raining. Not to worry the weather guessers were promising a sunny day so we plodded down to the Llangollen Canal and headed north.

_B279329_30_31_32_33_tonemapped_edited-1It’s a bit damp and murky but at least I saw a rainbow.

_B279324_5_6_7_8_tonemapped_edited-1 A barge. A canal would not be a canal without a narrow boat.

_B279334_5_6_7_8_tonemapped_edited-1 A bridge or two………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Yet another tunnel to navigate. That reminds me the head torch needs new batteries. It gets dark in tunnels.

_B279339_40_41_42_43_tonemapped_edited-1  I only include this because if British Waterways had done a little scrub clearance then this view of the railway viaduct over the river Dee could have been wonderful. Idle buggers, I thought, as I sat on a bench composing the shot.

_B279404_5_6_7_8_tonemapped_edited-1      This is Pontcysylite Aqueduct.

_B279374_5_6_7_8_tonemapped_edited-1    The dogs were very impressed. I told them it was designed by Thomas Telford and completed in 1805. It’s 1007’ long and 126’ high. They think it’s just water.

_B279384_5_6_7_8_tonemapped_edited-1    It was blowing half a gale so I only went a few hundred yards onto it…….it casts a fine shadow though.

_B279399_400_401_402_403_tonemapped_edited-1     The trough is made of cast iron and supported on nineteen hollow masonry piers. It still looks as good as new.

_B279369_70_71_72_73_tonemapped_edited-1It was well worth the wander.

That’s all for today. I have lots more images and will save them for a rainy day.

Enjoy the coming week.


  1. It's a wonderful sight Adrian and you went a lot further onto it than I ever have.
    Lovely images.

  2. Some years ago we crossed the aqueduct in a canal boat (NB NOT a barge Adrian!). It was a little un-nerving as the side of the trough away from the towpath is only a few inches high - just above the water level. Consequently, looking out from the boat in that direction, there is nothing holding you up!
    Nice pics as always.

  3. Hi Adrian...some real stunning shots...I love the first one especially and the barge is another great one !!
    I would have been afraid those little bugger of your would have jumped into that canal ...it looks like fast water!!

    Have a good one yourself!!


  4. What a beautiful rainbow, perfect for starting your post! Love the aqueduct and its shadow as well, you did very well despite the lack of sunshine! Can't wait for the shots you keep for the rainy days...meaning "soon"! :)And as you wrote, a canal can't be a canal without a barge. They always look fantastic, like out of an another era!Enjoy the rest of your Sundy.

  5. Lots of WOW images here, Adrian. I love the perspective in all of them. And your idle comment made me chuckle. Beautiful light, shadows and perspective.

  6. My wife joined me today while viewing your photos. She was quite impressed, as I.

    The lighting and perspectives are a delight. Bravo!

  7. You are finding some grand industrial architecture round there. I was wondering how you kept the terrible twins out of the water - maybe it was too clean to be of interest.

  8. Andrew, I retreated the wind was awfully gusty and I could see us ending up in the water.

    George, It is Canal Boat, I can live with that. Just looked like a barge. It is a little awe inspiring. I can well imagine it being worse from a Canal Boat.

    Grace, thanks. They were considering a swim. The water hardly flows at all. Canals are level or almost.

    Dee Bee, thanks. The sun came out as forecast. A grand day once it got started. I think it may be fine tomorrow......we'll see.

    Hilary, many thanks. I can usually find work for idle men. One of my few attributes.

    Daniel, thanks......a family show today. The light was perfect and the architecture did the rest.

    John, they paddle from choice and they couldn't see the bottom. They could do with going in though and I was surprised they managed not to in eight miles.

  9. You are making me feel homesick Adrian. I've not felt that before. I proposed to my wife on the banks of that canal - Ellesmere actually - she was on holiday with friends in a canal boat.

  10. The canal is out of this world, with TT the inventor was the viaduct is lovable. But, I have to put my favourite is first photograph with the rainbow.

  11. Fantastic, Adrian. I love how stories unfold with every image. And that rainbow is divine!

  12. Awesome Images Adrian, love the first one with the rainbow.

  13. Beautiful aqueduct. I also love that opening shot.

  14. Graham, I'm sorry. It obviously wasn't my intention. I was merely concerned with passing the day till the GP started.

    Bob, I think the first is the best. It was worth suffering a shower for.

    Laura, just occasionally I'm rewarded for wandering out no matter how unpromising things look. I used Photomatix and fusion blended five exposures shot at-2stops to +2 stops or EV as they refer to it now.

    Horst, the aqueduct is awesome. A bit windy today but the light was good.

  15. JoLynne, the first shot was serendipity. The aqueduct is beautiful no matter what one does to it.

  16. I really like this place! The aquaduct is fantastic - or is it just your photos? No, I think it would be an incredible thing to see, so different from anything I've seen in NZ or Aust.

  17. Pauline, it has little to do with me. There are two aqueducts within three or four miles of each other and both are over two hundred years old. It is incredible. To me a wonder of the world. Much better than the Pyramids but not as good as Aztec cities.

  18. Nice captures Adrian; especially like your rainbow. We live in a river valley and enjoy more than our share of rainbows.

    Congrats on your POTW.

  19. lovely images! congrats on your POTW!

  20. Wow - fabulous shots. The light is golden,rather than murky.

  21. Over from Hilary's to say well done .. but please 61 is NOT old age .. I passed 61 2 yrs ago and I never felt younger!

  22. enchanting is the word that keeps coming to mind as I look at your photos
    so lovely

    the pups are adorable

    congrats on POTW

  23. Thanks for introducing me to Pontcysylite Aqueduct. I'm adding it to my bucket list.

  24. As with the previous post, these are all great shots.
    Shame I was a stones throw away from here in July & didn't research the map enough.