Stuff Report – 20 July 2013

For our last full day in North Wales, we ventured into that mysterious foreign land known as England. Well, we started with a detour via the Horseshoe Pass, a high road that tends to get closed in the winter. Today was a wee bit cloudy at first, but that didn’t detract from the view:

Horseshoe Pass

Horseshoe Pass

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 July, 2013
Location: 53° 1.2486′ 0″ N 3° 11.9667′ 0″ W

From there, we went to Chester Zoo, which I’d recommend as a good day out. Some of the animals were hiding when we arrived, but we did see a lot. A full report with more pictures will follow, but for now, here’s the one that made the visit for me:

Awwwww

Awwwww

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/4.8
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 20 July, 2013
Location: 53° 1.2486′ 0″ N 3° 11.9667′ 0″ W

Tigers in general are always good to see, but adorable little tiger cubs? Cutest things ever. I’ve got some more shots which I like, but this one has captured the cub’s eyes rather nicely.

After the zoo, we went into Chester itself. We started with an open-top bus tour of the city, then took a walk around, once again seeing lots of things for which this will have to stand for the moment. Apparently this is Chester photographic cliche number one, but I don’t care:

Clock

Clock

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/16
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 July, 2013
Location: 53° 1.2486′ 0″ N 3° 11.9667′ 0″ W

After a moderate walk around Chester, which we survived despite the allegedly outstanding law relating to shooting Welshmen found inside the city, we started back for Llangollen. We had originally planned a coastal route, but realised this would get us back a bit later than we really wanted, so we took a more direct route.

But that route took us so close to something else, that a detour was essential. The one downside of yesterday’s canal trip was that we had to get off the boat at Trevor Basin and get straight on the bus, with no time to look around. Well, since we were in the vicinity, we did just that, which allowed me to make a start on fulfilling an ambition. On a future visit, I plan to walk all the way across the wonderful Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, but for now, this view will have to do:

Aqueduct View

Aqueduct View

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/140s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 20 July, 2013
Location: 53° 1.2486′ 0″ N 3° 11.9667′ 0″ W

Yes, it is very narrow, and that is a low lip with a sheer drop on the right.

On returning to Llangollen, we had some food and a drink at the Bridge End Inn again, and another drink on the deck outside the Royal Hotel.

Tomorrow, we head back south, but we do have an interesting stop planned on the way…