Skyline 5: aftermath

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Afternmath: clouds the day after a spectacular storm

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Abstract 23: frosted

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Flowers seen through patterned frosted glass

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Abstract 22: concrete

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Textures and patterns in warehouse concrete floor

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Building 26: walkway

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Walkway gallery, Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Wales

Approached by steps  flanked by stone urns, the gallery is now used for temporary exhibitions; no doubt in inclement weather it was popular with promenading Victorians

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Portals 43: geometry

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Circles, semicircles, rectangles and squares:
monochrome porch and door to gate lodge,
Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Wales

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Vista 24: Bedwellty

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Vistas and portals at Bedwellty Park, Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent, Wales

According to the National Library of Wales the meaning of Bedwellty “is somewhat doubtful but is generally considered to be from Bedw geltydd, ‘birch wood cliffs’.” The recently restored Regency house, with its Gothick gardens, has been in public ownership for over a century, and as well as these rusticated arches and fountains there is a chinoiserie-style bandstand and entrance gates commemorating the dead of the 1914-1918 war.

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Standing stone viewed through a rustic circular arch

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Fountain viewed through a rustic arch

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Fountain against the background of a walled garden

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Gateway to walled garden, Bedwellty Park

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Building 26: Harlech

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Harlech Castle, Gwynedd, Wales

The march tune Gorhoffedd Gwŷr Harlech (“Men of Harlech”), first published 220 years ago, later appeared with lyrics in 1830. Traditionally the title alludes to the seven-year siege of Harlech Castle in the mid-fifteenth century.

The castle originally overlooked Cardigan Bay, with the sea approaching the cliffs on which the walls stand, but the coastline has since retreated further west. To the north the mountains of Snowdonia march down in ranks to the Irish Sea.

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