This was finally a real waterfall; the previous one I visited this day turned out to be a tiny stream in the middle of nowhere. Pwll-y-wrach is a small nature reserve, quite easy to climb and have a nice walk, even with family.
On my way down from Pwll-y-Wrach, in the distance, I spotted something that on the map was only marked as "hospital". Apparently I stumbled upon Talgarth Asylum, a clinic that was closed only 20 years ago. In that 20 years, it got stripped of the slate on the roof and left to rot. The locals use the field next to it for picnic, among a serious amount of asbestos warning signs - by looking in the windows there's cracked AIB ceiling everywhere, so I got as far as I could fast.
The internet then showed me how this place looked only 11 years ago1 and it's hard to believe how much destruction 11 years of weather - and looting - can do to a place.
I previously mentioned I went looking for waterfalls in Herefordshire, following markings on openstreetmaps. This was above the marked part of the waterfall, where it was mostly a stream, but I liked this part better, than the real waterfall - which, just to note, is basically dried out this time of the year.
I got to test our new lens, a Pentax 12-24mm (APS-C), and I'm quite positively impressed by the angle (18mm equivalent for full-frame) it's capable of capturing.
Note: it was hard to capture this without HDR, but I think it's all right.
While Nora went on a Japanese woodblock printing course in Herefordshire I had two days to find something interesting around. I ended up pulling up OsmAnd, looking for waterfalls; one of them was marked close to a village called Painscastle.
Well, in the end I found the waterfall - a tiny, but very nice stream in a creek in the middle of nowhere: bog & heather for miles and miles. The photo above was towards one of the directions, the direction where there was something.
We took a small walk from our accommodation in Herefordshire, and the last bits of sunlight somehow came through nicely. I was also testing a new focusing screen in my camera to see if it helps with manual focusing; indeed it does, though my hands need to be steadier.
On our way to Herefordshire we wanted to stop somewhere to eat - because finally it's allowed to sit outside a pub instead of takeaway. When we spotted the Plough in Ford, we stopped, though originally because the view was absurdly beautiful. By the time we got to eating and taking our camera out, the sun was gone, sadly, but even without sunshine on the hills the scene is remarkable.
This photo is from last year, when the UK rules were relaxed enough to allow some domestic travel, and we went to Snowdonia. We've been there quite a few times, and while we enjoyed it after months of lockdown, the weather was far, from gentle. This doesn't change the fact that the landscape is still fantastic.
This is the continuation of the previous walk; Cambridge in fog is quite a wonderful sight.
Misty Albion gets misty a lot, but it rarely gets properly foggy. Fog transforms the world into another dimention: one where sounds are soft, views are mysterious, and where mood swings from one end of the spectrum to the other.
I tip my hat to anyone who had the resiliency to keep exercising outdoors during this winter.
This is from last December, and I should have posted it for months now. In Cambridge, snow, that actually stays visible is rare; rare enough that with Nora, we usually get up for that one night when this tends to happen - The Night of The Winter.
Well, this year, it lasted even shorter, but we still got a glimpse of a morning snowfall. Probably the only good thing of the lockdowns were that the city never got too busy with traffic, and a short walk in the morning before work became possible.
La Palma is a tiny island with huge mountains, and with spectacular possibilities for outstanding sights.
I've been meaning to post this picture for a while now, but I kept forgetting it. The scene is from La Palma, the Canary Island; if you get up early enough and get to the right spot, there's a high chance you'll be greeted by a constantly moving waterfall of clouds.
However: if you're at the same spot as us, than in the empty parking lot, you might find yourself feeding ravens instead who are friendly enough to land on your arm. Oh, and those pines smell absolutely wonderful when the weather is hot enough.
It's strange which pictures and scenes stay with you. Close to the end of our journes in China in 2019 we were back in Hangzhou, only to learn that it was basically impossible to get into restaurants late in the evening - read: after 20:00. We ended up going to the food market of the closest mall, because that was open till 22:00. On our way back, after a rather rainy day, the streets were mostly empty, including this normally busy with people and tourists street.
Another image from checking older picture; this is a renovated monastery in China. Originally we were aiming to visit a huge, quite famous place next to it, called Lingyin Temple - but when we realized that there's yet another entrance fee, we walked away.
The hidden entrance and extra fees were a recourring theme in Anhui and Zhejiang; Lingyin Temple wasn't that important for us to visit, and it was just one of those "no" things that breaks the camel's back.
Anyhow, we decided to walk past the big temple, only to end up in the lovely spot of Yongfu Temple: a rebuilt, renovated temple, with nice, vegetarian meals.