Category Archives: Pictorial

Dyffryn Burial Chamber

Dyffryn-Burial-ChamberDyffryn Burial Chamber

The oldest stone structure in Britain?

This double burial chamber, known as a portal dolmen, is considered to be one of the earliest examples of its kind in the British Isles. Believed to date to around 3500 BC, it is one of several such sites close to the village of Dyffryn Ardudwy near Barmouth. It has many features in common with similar sites in Ireland.

Originally covered by a large cairn of stones, the present monument consists of two exposed chambers with entrances facing east. Excavations carried out in the 1960s discovered numerous fragments of deliberately broken Neolithic and Bronze Age pottery, suggesting that the site was in use over a long period of time. Other finds here included a fine, though broken, stone pendant and two polished plaques made from nearby Mynydd Rhiw stone.

It is possible that Dyffryn Ardudwy’s proximity to the sea connected its people to other communities who shared their tombbuilding traditions. They were part of a wider culture, and similar tombs have also been found in South Wales, Ireland, western France, Portugal and Spain.

This wonderful tomb has been designated a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is currently being cared for by Cadw.

Dyffryn-Burial-Chamber-1A beautiful walk up from probably one of the most beautiful stretches of beach Wales has to offer, it’s very well kept and the wild flowers are stunning in the sunshine.

Adrian

Barnsley Hospital Rainbow Run

Rainbow-Run-Yellow-webHi all

 

had the marvellous privilege of being the photographer for Barnsley Hospital Charity Rainbow Run yesterday, as you can see from the images it’s not one for the faint hearted or those without a darn good washing machine!.

The organisation team were brilliant and everything went off with  issues, well done guys, a big thank you also to all the volunteers and supporters who made the day perfect and raised loads of dosh, you should all be very proud of yourselves.

 

I have posted a few 100 images on Facebook and BHC have shared them on their page too, if you would like any of the images without a watermark please let me know and I’ll email it to you FOC unless you feel like making a donation to the charity…..hint hint lol. seriously well done guys.

Rainbow-Run-Blue-web

 

St Catherine’s Island

St-Catherines-TenbyAfternoon all

 

just a quick update from my recent South Wales trip for the book shots, we had a great week and found some fantastic locations, certainly some for band shots too. I’ll post as many as I can over the coming weeks, needless to say we met some lovely people and dog lovers, the gang really enjoyed the sunshine and sea and very long walks everyday to help me get to locations.

This one is St Catherine’s a must if you’re ever down that way, open to the public but not so for our fury friends so they get a big fat ZERO from me because of this. They are however allowed on the beach and what a beach it is, huge and goes on forever…..a bit like me!

 

anyway check it out HERE

Have a great weekend, plenty to catch up with next week inc updates on commissions.

Adrian

The Magical Wood

WT-DisneyHi all

had a great weekend filming topped off by a long drive to Hertfordshire on Sunday to do an event shoot for Woodland Trust and Disney. The Magical Wood is the largest new native forest in England with some 15,000 new trees being planted. The partnership between the Woodland Trust and Disney celebrated its 10th anniversary with some 100 volunteers turning out in very cold and windy conditions to help plant some 3000 saplings on Sunday, well done all.

WT-Disney-2A couple of volunteers

WT-Disney-3Pre planting warm up

TPT Silkstone

TPT-silkstone Happy Friday all

as part of a commission shoot for Christmas cards I ventured out earlier in the week to scout a few locations, one of which was the Trans Pennine Trail at Silkstone and although it was a thoroughly dismal day with deep mud and fog it was great to be out and about.

The Husky gang managed to drag me through Nabbs Wood far faster than should be done on 2 legs and I very nearly finished up on my bum several times, people in the neighbouring village probably heard me cursing them. However their one redeeming grace is that when you need to go uphill you just say ‘Go’ and away you shoot up the hill, one trick that works a treat every time.

Got my copy of the book yesterday you ‘Barging Round Britain’ by John Sergeant and my name is in it , in fact reference the photographs the book it’s more like  ‘the Adrian Ashworth show’, I did 75%+ of the images used so I’m very proud. Inner and end cover shots too as well as some shots with John himself.

I’m credited in the back with 5 canals and 2 other photographers with 1 each, I feel a weekend of reading coming on, that is of course after I have watched the accompanying TV show which is aired tonight ITV 8pm for the next 8 weeks, very excited.

have a great weekend

Adrian

Up Above The Streets And Houses

RainbowWell I couldn’t resist with the title, think we all remember Rainbow don’t we?

 

This is another of my shots for my FBIPP qualification folio panel next week.

Yes I know you’re wondering why the sky is lighter inside the rainbow and darker on the outside, here’s the tech

“The lighter sky under a rainbow is created by the way that light is bent inside raindrops. The raindrops also focus the sunlight into an expanse of bright light that illuminates the sky under the rainbow’s arc”

Clever stuff eh? either way it creates a beautiful effect and I never tire of shooting rainbows when I get the chance.

Off shooting canals this afternoon in West Yorkshire, some really beautiful walks along the Aire Calder and then off to Birmingham at the weekend.

 

Adrian

 

Hollins Cross Fun

Hollins Cross Fun

Had a fabulous weekend away with my big sis, her hubby Dave, Jo and Stormy of course, this shot however is of two girls we met on our walk, said I would post the pic for them, so get in touch if you want a copy girls, Free of course.

Beautiful weather made it a superb weekend and the Peaks were heaving with tourists, just how it should be, para gliding, hand gliding, spectators etc etc, great fun for all.

Then we went to The Rising Sun at Shelley for their Harvest Festival auction, 50% of the proceeds towards Woodhead Mountain Rescue, great evening, lovely people and it raised approx £650 for our team, so appreciated and a really good laugh especially the landlord father, what a character. I won a Huddersfield Giants signed ball, I’ll put it with my England One I got years ago. Nigel has a strange fascination with onions, bets not to ask but he did a lovely little speech at the end to say thank you for the locals support. Me and Jo, Bill and Penny, George,  Simon plus Nigel and his wife…..plus several lots of onions..lol

 

Adrian

One Tog And His Dog – A start

One Tog And His Dog - Picture courtesy of a good friend Steve Bark

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well I finally started writing. After months of putting it off for various reasons, mainly me being lazy!, I have dedicated time to writing the book and story of Stormy the Husky and her doting Photographer of a dad! won’t go into too much detail as there are still developing ideas regarding where the end product will be placed in the market but I’m excited and buzzing which is great. I’ll post sections as and when I compete them as well as my normal blog too. I have stopped the flickr uploads  and several other sites to increase writing time, certainly going to try and compete at least a good paragraph or so a day, I know , I know it does seem much but I have to get into the flow of this and I thought I should  set myself an achievable bench mark to start with.

 

They say everyone has a book in them – SO HERE GOES

 

all my best

 

Adrian

 

Hmmm, “Thinking Glass Half Full”

Thinking Glass Half Full

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slight departure for me I know but I was doing some shots at a local Gallery and couldn’t resist, the title says it all.

Really pleased to say teat “the Photographer are doing a 5 page special feature on me for March/April issue, have just read the final draft and it’s fab, think I’ll use it for my bio on the website….BIG thank you to Jonathan Briggs for his writing and editing skills.

Quiet weekend ahead, I hope so much my back plays fair and allows me get out Sunday for a coast or moors trip…Stormy’s desperate to be in the sea again as I am too..

 

Have a great weekend all

 

Adrian

Autumn Winds

Autumn Winds

Had a fab weekend away at Clumber Park, we went down Friday afternoon and got the van set up in 30 mins then went for a lovely walk through the autumn woods, Stormy was bouncing in and out of the leaves, it’s such a beautiful time of year and the colours are breathtaking. All too quickly the light faded and we made our way back to the caravan site, we turned the heating on full and settled in for the night

Saturday saw the weather turn for the worse very strong winds forcing branches to bend to breaking point. We had two walks and this shot was taken on the first, Lime Tree Avenue is what it says 4 lines of Lime Trees cascaded with autumn leaves  for miles, gorgeous. Now I’d love to say it was a luck shot but I got Jo to throw a handful into the wind……I know but it’s the final image that counts isn’t it?

Later in the day we went to see Santa turn the lights on at Clumber Park, I photographed Lewis my great nephew with Santa (below). Now I’m not one to complain but it was very poorly done, he was late for a start as he was still doing his £3-50 robbery of children and parents for substandard gifts.  When he finally showed and pushed the button they had to use a radio to tell the guy round the back of the building to throw the switch giving it a 2 second gap…..we did laugh. The lights once on were poorly done, they could have made so much more of this as loads of kids had dragged their parents to see him….pity

Lewis Stacey my Great Nephew