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Blue Monday: Ghost Of The Machine

Ghost Of The Machine

Ghost Of The Machine

An underwater apparition from the flooded quarry at the National Diving and Activity Centre (NDAC). Simon and I went up to the centre, near Chepstow, on Saturday to get in a couple of freshwater dives. This British Aerospace Jetstream 200 has been one of the attractions at the site since 2006 and can be found at the north end of the quarry, at a depth of eleven metres. Visibility is usually better than the five metres, or so, that we had this weekend. I rather enjoyed seeing the various wrecks appear, like ghosts, from the gloom ahead of us though. Taken using the Olympus Tough TG4, this image is my entry for Wex Mondays this week. Good luck to everyone taking part!

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Strength and Endurance – Industry

Industrial

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Strength and Endurance – Industry

My photomontage this week is in honour of Industry in the UK. It comprises images of steel cables from the 19th Century Llanymynech Lime Quarry, the upper structures of The Shard building in London and a bronze sculpture entitled Help by artist and poet David Payntor.

The UK was the pioneering nation in the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th Centuries. As technological advances spread across nations, the World was brought closer and standards of living started to rise for many. This was a period of history that sparked a new era of evolution for us. We are still evolving as a species and evolving the industries that support humanity and our economies.

The landscape of the UK is a monument to the progress of industry; the enduring structures built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the great shipyards of the 19th and 20th Centuries, abandoned quarries and mines, the old steel works of Sheffield, the many docks on the Thames in London. Our industrial history is built on the back of metals, minerals and manpower. Current and future industry is driven by the development of new technologies and the legacy of engineering genius.

For a strong and enduring economy, led by industry, the people of the UK have had to adapt and embrace change again and again. In 2013 the UK was the 4th largest exporter in the world. The financial services industry is particularly important and London is the world’s largest financial centre! The British Aerospace and Pharmaceutical Industries play an important role in our economy.The automotive industry is also a major employer and exporter. Our Construction Industry continues to grow, employing over two million people. The largest current project in the UK is Crossrail, it’s the biggest construction project in all of Europe! Due to open in 2018, it will be a new railway line running east to west through London and into the surrounding countryside with a branch to Heathrow Airport. The main feature of the project is construction of 42 km (26 mi) of new tunnels connecting stations in Central London. Isambard Brunel would be proud!

This is a gallery of the images used to create the montage in Photoshop:

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Travel Theme: Orange

Helenium

Travel Theme: Orange

A smorgasbord of oranges from our travels to Shropshire and Wales last weekend! Hope you enjoy the gallery below ­čÖé

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 3

Climber

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 3

Word Origin
Fray: from French frayer to rub, from Latin fric─üre ; see friction, friable

A rock climber has to regularly check the ropes they rely upon for signs of wear. This is the very last place you’d want to find a frayed rope!

 

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 2

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 2

Fray
verb (used with object)
1.to wear (cloth, rope, etc.) to loose, ravelled threads or fibres at the edge or end; cause to ravel out.

Haiku: Frayed

Weeds and wildflowers
Tattered floral art from start
To seed head finish

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 1

Ant vs Caterpillar

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fray 1

Fray
noun
1.a fight, battle, or skirmish.
Synonyms: altercation, combat, war, clash, encounter, set-to.

Ant vs Cinnabar Moth Caterpillar at Llanymynech Quarry in Wales!

A territorial fray. Who won you ask?

Rescued!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The referee (Heather) decided there was foul play and flicked the ant off the stem!

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Blue Monday: Blue Butterfly

Blue Butterfly

Blue Monday: Blue Butterfly

I love finding these pretty blue butterflies out among the wildflowers and grasses. They can be incredibly hard to spot, despite that amazing flash of blue, as this precious little creature is only about 1cm tall with its’ wings closed!