#198 – Gwrych Castle Part 4 – Ivy

Final one from Grywch Castle, taken from the castellated wall that takes the driveway through the stables to the owners entrance hall, which is some distance from the visitors entrance on the lower level of the property. Large swathes of the walls were once covered in ivy, much has been cleared away but it’s growing…

#196 – Gwrych Castle Part 2 – Weeds

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly nature takes over when man abandons his structures. Like walking through a woodland path the undergrowth makes seeing the stairs increasingly difficult. Meanwhile, inside (I use the term loosely, there’s been no roof for several years), this little plant had managed to take root on the reinforced…

#195 – Gwrych Castle Part 1

Gwrych Castle(pronounced “Grick”, apparently), is notable for being the only castle in the UK to have no vowels in it. Or did I make that up? Not sure. Anyway, if you’ve ever driven along the A55 past Abergele, you’ll probably have seen this place on the wooded hillside to the west of the town. I…

#181 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 5 – Self Portrait

Unlike many explorers, I rarely do self portraits, in fact I’m rarely photographed at all, as I’m usually on the other side of the camera. Plus, I rarely bother to take a tripod out when I explore, without which self portraiture is troublesome. Hence, I suffer from a crippling lack of imagination when I do it,…

#180 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit Part 4 – 3 Kings

Similar to a photo from my last visit, but with a slightly different sky, I captured this just as the mist was clearing. It’s still a colour photo, but you’d be hard pressed to tell as it’s a somewhat monochromatic scene.

#179 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 3 – Railway Miscellenea

Like pretty much all power stations, Thorpe Marsh was rail linked, in fact it sits alongside the East Coast Main Line. For some reason, the sidings are still intact, albeit heavily overgrown with those trees that seem to grow spontaneously on all disused railway lines. Intriguingly, there are also bits of the signalling insfrastructure still…

#178 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit part 2 – Inside The Egg Cup

Ever wondered what it looks like inside a cooling tower? It looks like this:) Well stripped out ones do. Normally they have all kinds of cooling gubbins in, but this is just a shell.  The fog had just lifted, although the sky is still slightly hazy, but the hint of a shadow shows that the…

#177 – Thorpe Marsh Revisit – part 1

I’ve been fascinated by power stations and cooling towers since my dad took me to see the massive cooling towers at Kearsley Power Station in Bolton being blown up in 1984. Dad had grown up in their shadow in the 50’s and 60’s and it was fairly poignant for him to see them come down….

#172 – Beamish Part 3 – Black and White

Last in the series from Beamish and inevitably it’s some black and white’s. Yes, I couldn’t resist having a tinker to see what they would come out like. The absence of any trains, meant a wander down to the station to see if I could find anything interesting. There was, but I couldn’t find any…