#255 – Great North Steam Fair 2 – Coffee Pots and a Colliery

I think this is a de Winton engine, similar to the ones photographed on the Geotopoi blog The colliery at Beamish is a real one,  well sort of, it’s made up of bits of other collieries that have been rebuilt to form one new one. The steam engine works as well, and the entire setup makes a…

#252 – Return To Dinorwic – Details

Something I try to do when exploring somewhere is to go close in and pick out the smaller details. Not only does it give some variety to the wider landscapes and architectural shots, it allows for a bit more creativity and to look closer at textures, shapes, etc. If you read the Geotopoi blog, some…

#251 – Return To Dinorwic – Compressor House

Now this was an interesting surprise. I’d previously only explored the upper levels of the quarry, but down in the lower levels was another compressor house. It was not as exposed as the Australia Level building, and as such was in better condition. It was also much more accessible as it had a decent footpath…

#250 – Return To Dinorwic – Australia Level Part 2

Throwing caution to the not inconsiderable wind, I decided to continue wandering along the Australia level, if nothing else to see if there was a less difficult way down. Seeing some buidlings ahead, I wandered over to see what they were. Various bits of scrap littered the grass outside which piqued my curiousity, and inside…

#249 – Return To Dinorwic – Australia Level Part 1

Climbing the incline is hard work. I’d put the angle somewhere between 30 and 45 degrees, and although there are some crumbling stone steps in sections, the rest of it is a combination of grass and loose slate. The gradient is relentless, and unless you are a Nepalese Sherpa or are seriously fit, it’s probably…

#248 – Return To Dinorwic – The Inclined Plane

Like my previous visit, the quarry was shrouded in mist, only this time it didn’t clear. This trip though I was determined to reach the Australia level as well as see a few other bits and bats I’d not seen before. Not knowing the ‘easier’ way, I simply went straight up the fearsome C3 incline…

#247 – Return To Dinorwic

Industry has it’s own unique way of shaping the landscape, but mineral extraction is one industry that leaves the most permanent mark. From the slag heaps of the coalfields, to the huge holes in the ground that quarries leave, once operations have ended, it isn’t just a case of pulling the buildings down and building…

#246 – Fuji X10 – initial impressions

I’ve used a Panasonic LX3 for the past couple of years and, like the top end compacts from Canon and Nikon, it has a reputation as a photographers camera – well built, wide angle (24mm) lens, the ability to shoot raw, manual controls, etc. Much as I liked the camera, it never fitted in with…