Crossing the border

by Helen Hooker June. 20, 2021 662 views
St David's Church, Llanwrtyd Wells

St David's Church, Llanwrtyd Wells

After more than a year’s hiatus I’m finally back on the road for work and my first big trip brought me across the border to Wales. I arrived early, allowing me a clear day to explore and enjoy some photography. Following my nose through the Carmarthenshire countryside I discovered St. David’s Church, not far from Llanwrtyd Wells. I didn’t take many photos here, but the beautiful light suggested a monochrome approach to me.

From there I headed towards Abergwesyn, where the road runs parallel to the river. A couple of miles along I found a place to park and went to investigate the river, discovering some waterfalls and a washpool, which was remarkably still given the river runs through it. I took several pinhole photos here, as well as these digital images.

My pinhole camera, perched on a rocky outcrop above one of the waterfalls

My pinhole camera, perched on a rocky outcrop above one of the waterfalls

Finally, as I neared Beulah, the road brought me through a forest of pine trees and the soft light was so beautiful. Fortunately, I quickly found a safe place to stop and I carefully picked my way across the mossy forest floor, intending to finish off my roll of film in the pinhole camera. Taking a meter reading, I realised that would take an hour and a half – a prospect that didn’t excite me when the air was full of midges! Instead, I reached for my somewhat speedier digital camera and saved myself the irritation of lots of midge bites.

Arriving back at Llanerchindda Farm, I thought I’d finished taking photos for the day. However, a brief burst of sunshine on the Cynghordy Viaduct was too good to ignore and I finished the afternoon off with a photo of Socks and Jasper, the resident cat and dog, who obligingly posed together for me!

20 June 2021

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Kay Hooker 3 months, 1 week ago

Great set, but I loved Socks and Jasper.  To get them to sit together, must mean they are very good friends indeed.

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Thomas Thompson 3 months, 1 week ago

Wonderful set Helen so green love the black  and white thanks for sharing

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Riyaz 3 months, 1 week ago

My kind of place ! Lovely capture!

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