Weekly Photo Challenge: Atop

In response to the WordPress Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Clouds Atop

Valle Crucis Abbey
Frosty morning at Valle Crucis Abbey is located near Llangollen, north Wales, UK. Founded in 1201
Valle Crucis Abbey is located near Llangollen, north Wales, UK. Nearby is the Pillar of Eliseg, a ninth century stone cross partly destroyed during the civil war. This ancient monument gives the abbey its name, which translated is ‘the valley of the cross’.founded in 1201
On the northern side of the Great Orme, Llandudno, north Wales, UK nestling in a sheltered hollow, graveyard at the church of Saint Tudno built in the 12th century.
Celtic Cross on the northern side of the Great Orme,Llandudno, north Wales, UK
Abandoned lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK
Nantlle Uchaf Boats
Moored boats at Moored boats at Nantlle Uchaf lake in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, Wales. UKlake in the Nantlle Valley, Gwynedd, Wales. UK


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Weekly Photo Challenge: A Good Match

The theme of this week’s photo challenge is A Good Match

Mountain Train
A good match for the not so fit – The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is a tourist railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales.
Ferrari 328 GTS
A good match a beautiful Italian classic 1987 Ferrari 328 GTS and a warm summers day
Wolseley Classic Car
A good match a British car in a beautiful Welsh landscape. 1938 Wolseley 25 D.H.C.
Wolseley Motors
A good match of vintage cars, Wolseley Hornet a six-cylinder twelve fiscal horsepower lightweight automobile which was offered as a saloon car, coupé and open two-seater as well as the usual rolling chassis for bespoke coachwork. Produced by Wolseley Motors Limited from 1930 to 1936, the Hornet was unveiled to the public at the end of April 1930
Vintage Day
A good match of vintage transport, a 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 Tourer with Lancaster bomber and Supermarine Spitfire overhead
Vintage Military Transport
A good match of Military transport. The C-47 Dakota was manufactured in the USA by Douglas in March 1942 and initially issued to the United States Army Air Force. In September that year the aircraft was transferred to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) and served in Canada during World War Two. It was subsequently deployed to Europe with the RCAF until declared surplus to requirements by the Canadians in 1971. 1943 CX22S Heavy artillery tractor
Green Canoe
A good match of canoeists on the Padarn Lake during autumn, Llanberis north Wales UK
Geirionydd Lake
A good match of canoes on the Geirionydd lake, near Capel Curig and Betws y Coed, North Wales UK, where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres
Morfa Nefyn Bay
A good match the moored boat at Morfa Nefyn beach, a calm sea and a great pub behind me, Llyn Peninsula, north Wales, UK
Welsh Farmhouse
A good match of traditional stone built, a 16th century farmhouse with bridge, note the crooked chimney
Beach Sunset
A good match the sun and sand, sunset at Puka beach Boracay Philippines
Sunset At The Lighthouse
A good match of light, the Sunset at the abandoned Talacre Lighthouse North Wales UK
Lighthouse Triptych
A good match of decay on the abandoned Lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.
buddha in the jungle
A good match of 3 giant golden Budhhas surrounded by Thai Jungle
Views of IronBridge
A good match of  bridge and river, The worlds first Iron Bridge built over the river Severn in 1779. The site was designated World Heritage by UNESCO in 1986, in recognition of its major role in the birth of the industrial revolution. Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.
Thailand Longboats
Matching Thai longboast in this Triptych off the beautiful coast of Koh Lanta in the straits of malacca Thailand
3802 Steam Train
A good match of Victorian design. The 3802 Steam Loco. Llangollen Railway forms part of the old Ruabon to Barmouth Line, All the stations along the track are of a typical Victorian design and each station has been recreated in 1950’s Great Western colour scheme. It is currently the longest preserved standard gauge line in Wales
A good match of Mansion Hallways
A good match of Decorative Mansion hallways
Stained Glass Montage
A good match of ancient stained glass windows
Victorian Cottage
A good match of Victorian living, dinner table with wash bowl, jug and soap in a Working Class House
A good matching of Thai sunflowers
Autumn in the Park
A good match for photographers the old park bench at Autumn with the acers turning red



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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light

A quick one from me this week as I seem to have lost my creative mojo ….

INRI Stained Glass
INRI Stained Glass. The acronym INRI (Latin: Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription which in English reads as Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.
Golden Buddha
Large golden Sitting Buddha statue with people praying
Vintage Laundry Room
Victorian Laundry Room
Penmon Priory Sunset
Penmon Priory is located on Anglesey, where the Menai Strait returns to the Irish Sea. The Priory sits in a pastoral location close to the banks of the Menai Strait clustered together with St Seiriol’s Church, the Dovecote, and the ancient Holy Well of St Seiriol. The monastery was founded by the 6th Century celtic Saint, Seiriol, but Viking raids have destroyed the remains of the original structure. The church and the conical tower were built in the middle of the 12th Century under the authority of Gruffudd ap Cynan and Owain Gwynedd, and it remains to this day as the finest example of a 12th Century church in Gwynedd. A new chancel with richly carved arches and pillars was added in the 13th Century. and Penmon became an Augustinian Priory.
Ancient Dovecote
Ancient Dovecote, Isle of Anglesey north Wales UK. Interior of Penmon Dovecote Built in about 1600 by Sir Richard Bulkeley showing nesting boxes for over 1,000 birds, the ladder base and corbelled stone roof
British Museum
The British Museum London was established in 1753, dedicated to human history, art, and culture, Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
Conwy Castle by Lamplight
Evening photograph of Conwy Castle, Conwy Castle dominates the mouth of the River Conwy and the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales, UK.  The castle was built on the orders of King Edward I of England and construction began in 1283 under the direction of Edward’s chief architect James of St. George. Today the castle is one of the best preserved castles in the whole of North Wales.
Seri Gemilang Bridge 1
Putrajaya Dam and Pedestrian Bridge. This 135-metre pedestrian built by capitalising on the uniqueness of the labyrinth spillway is yet another landmark for Putrajaya. Located at Precinct 5 is located near the Seri Gemilang Bridge and the Putrajaya Convention Centre. Reflecting on the natural environment, this 135m footbridge consists of a butterfly-like arch with curved deck. This double asymmetrical tubular arch bridge is specially designed for pedestrian and cyclist crossing the Putrajaya Lake. Putrajaya is a planned city, located 25 km south of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Fallen Leaves
Autumn at Llyn Crafnant, a lake that lies in a beautiful valley in North Wales where the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains, many people regard the lake as one of the most beautiful spots in North Wales. Crafnant takes its name from craf, an old Welsh word for garlic, and nant, a stream or valley.
Midnight Lake
The snow covered mountains of Cwm Idwal, a very popular attraction for visitors interested in walking, climbing, fishing and geology. Cwm Idwal is a national nature reserve, and one of the few places in Britain where the Snowdon Lilly can be found, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, UK
Lake Padarn Sunset
Padarn lake late evening awaiting sunset, looking towards Dolbadarn Castle and beyond to Snowdon north Wales, UK
Autumn Rapids 2
Autumn at the conwy river near Betws-y-Coed, north Wales, UK
Snowdon Winter
Winter storm heading for Snowdon. Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands
Lighthouse At Sunset
Talacre Lighthouse silhouette at sunset, north Wales UK
Sunset Deganwy Beach
Sunset Deganwy Beach north wales UK
National Park Sunset
Beautiful sunset at the lake Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Prachuap Khiri Khan Province, Thailand Tthe marine national park opened in 1966 and was the first coastal national park in Thailand. Located just 63 kilometers south of Hua Hin.
Sunset Puka beach
Sunset at Puka beach Boracay Philippines.
Beach Sunset
seascape sunset north Wales UK
Manila Bay Sunset
Manila Bay is a natural harbour which serves the Port of Manila, in the Philippines.
Sunset By The Beach
Sunset over Deganwy beach North Wales UK
Lighthouse Rescue
Seascape Sunset RAF Westland Sea King HAR3 XZ593 helicopter rescue at Talacre Lighthouse North Wales UK


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Half Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic

In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge:Optimistic

An Optimistic person thinks the best possible thing will happen, and hopes for it even if it’s not likely. If you see the glass as half-full when others see it as half-empty; if you look on the bright side of things, you’re optimistic.

The British are well known for their obsession with the weather, its been reported that our obsession runs so deep that almost 70 per cent of British people check the weather forecast at least once a day, as a photographer it’s important for me to plan my day out so i can maximise the best possible light, whether it’s for a sunrise, late afternoon soft light or a lovely sunset and on special times of the year the northern light, I’m always a little  optimistic that i will end up with at least a few good shots in any weather condition ….

For this weeks challenge I’ve decided to post a selection of my photos of the abandoned lighthouse at Talacre beach just a few miles away.

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Lighthouse Rainbow
The storm came and so did the rain and rainbow, Talacre Beach Lighthouse, Flintshire, North Wales, UK
In need of a paint job, the abandoned lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.
Talacre Lighthouse Sunset
Seascape Sunset at Talacre Lighthouse North Wales UK
Lighthouse Sunset
The old steps at Sunset, Talacre Lighthouse, north Wales UK
Lighthouse Sunset
Sunset at Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK
Lighthouse At Sunset
Talacre Lighthouse silhouette at sunset, north Wales UK
Lighthouse Silhouette
Talacre Lighthouse silhouette at sunset, north Wales UK
Talacre Beach
The storm at the abandoned lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK. Off-shore wind farm in the background
The leaning Lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.


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