Holiday Report – 26 June 2014

Steps taken: 9,526

As the weather forecast for the next couple of days is for rain and lots of it, we rearranged our carefully planned schedule a bit and did a few things a few days early. As with yesterday’s report, all photos are essentially unmodified JPGs from the X-T1. Better versions may follow…

First call was the National Waterways Museum – lots to see there, covering the history of the canals and more. I rather liked this slightly battered relic. The ICI logo on the funnel, which can just vaguely be seen in this image, is itself a relic of the past…

ICI!

ICI!

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/1800s
Focal length: 28.9mm
ISO: 400
Location: 53° 17.3189′ 0″ N 2° 53.6162′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 June, 2014

We then paid a return visit to Chester Zoo. As it was raining on and off, we took the opportunity to have a ride around on the monorail, but we did spend some time on the ground, where I managed to get this shot, which looks pretty good to me:

Pretty Flamingo

Pretty Flamingo

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.7
Shutter speed: 1/450s
Focal length: 172.4mm
ISO: 400
Location: 53° 13.6209′ 0″ N 2° 52.7115′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 June, 2014

Beautiful bird, lovely plumage….

I also liked this tender moment in the rhino family:

Rhinos

Rhinos

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/70s
Focal length: 104.9mm
ISO: 200
Location: 53° 13.5446′ 0″ N 2° 52.9661′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 June, 2014

After the zoo, we headed to Trevor Basin to deal with another item on the list. If I was the sort of person who could be bothered making a “bucket list”[1], one of the items high on the non-existent list would be “walk across Thomas Telford’s incredible Pontcysyllte Aqueduct”. I’ve admired this structure since I saw it on TV many years ago, and we did a boat trip across it last year. But this time, we did the walk. The view is amazing  – the river Dee runs far below in a lovely landscape. On the footpath side there’s a railing, but on the other side, you can just see the lip of the water channel. So if you have any trouble at all with heights, this might not be the walk for you. Here’s an example of the view, with the edge of the channel showing…

From the aqueduct

From the aqueduct

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 58.2558′ 0″ N 3° 5.2595′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 June, 2014

From there, it was back to Llangollen. After a brief break in the hotel, we had a look at the river and the horsedrawn boats.

More to come…

[1] Things to do before you kick the metaphorical bucket

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