Magical Moss Valley

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“I want to be magic.

I want to touch the heart of the world and make it smile.

I want to be a friend of elves and live in a tree.  Or under a hill.

I want to marry a moonbeam and hear the stars sing.

I don’t want to pretend at magic anymore.

I want to be magic.”

Charles de Lint

Images:  Moss Valley, Wrexham, North Wales  November 2016

Onwards and Upwards

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“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down,

creating and destroying,

keeping everything whirling and flowing,

allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion,

chasing everything in endless song

out of one beautiful form into another.”

John Muir

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct World Heritage Site

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The Aqueduct as viewed from the little stone bridge upstream

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The little stone bridge upstream, as viewed from the top of the Aqueduct

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Pontcysyllte [Pont-ker-sulth-tay]  is the tallest navigable aqueduct in the world and carries the Llangollen canal high up over the Dee Valley.  It was given World Heritage status in 2009.  Thomas Telford and William Jessop worked on the design.  They were the greatest canal engineers of their day.  

The aqueduct comprises a cast iron trough mounted on stone pillars, spanning the valley 126 feet above the river.  It is 307 metres [1007 feet] long and has 18 piers, 39 metres [126 feet] high, and 19 arches, each with a 13.7 metres [45 feet] span.  It is fed by water from the Horseshoe Falls near Llangollen, and holds 1.5 million litres of water.  Each year the aqueduct is crossed by more than 15,000 boats and 200,000 pedestrians.  It is an adventure to be experienced by all.  

When I was there last week the sky was blue and Autumn had begun to appear, but it was very windy high up on the aqueduct.  I managed to walk halfway across and then had to steady myself against the railings in order to get the photograph of the little stone bridge spanning the river upstream. [There are only railings on one side and a narrow parapet for pedestrians.  Then the trough that carries the canal, then nothing – just a great big drop 126 feet down!!]

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The Rhythm of Life

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“My soul is smitten with wonderment,

spellbound and bedazzled

by the glorious serenade of the rhythm of life.”

Image:  Llyn Gwynant, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. 1st November 2015.

Memories of Autumn 2012

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2012 is the year I began my photographic journey, studying a short course in Digital Photography with Open University, which proved to be the perfect foundation for me.

The Autumn colours were superb that year and gave me plenty of scope for my portfolio.  The above images were some of my entries for Open Studio.  I hope you like them.

Photographic Art {Autumn Part 3}

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“The purpose of life is to live it,

to taste experience to the utmost,

to reach out eagerly and without fear

for newer and richer experience.”

Eleanor Roosevelt