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Life a little Tilt Shifted

Bodiam Castle

Over the years I have been lucky enough to see some amazing places and locations. Some still stand, defying nature to reclaim them, others are now housing estates or Tesco mega stores. I am very much a SOOC person (straight out of camera) – if I had the time and inclination then I guess I’d
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Heavy Metal !

On top of a blast furnace in Belgium

Sun rise…sun set..and weekend of opposites..from the amazing sunset from the top of HFb to the freezing gloomy grey sunrise on top of HF6! Both involved..fences,brambles,razor wire,ditches,walls,ladders,slag heaps,mud,tight squeezes and plenty of laughter ! Both involved a long climb to the top! Well worth it for the views! Heavy Metal at its best !

Chateau Noisy

Staircase at Noisy Castle

Delete all your photos ..is what the mad lunatic Belgium kept shouting us after he found us inside this wonderful old house..he was not happy finding us in here ! bloody foreigners…no sense of fair play..we’d just driven 200 miles to get here..walked about 5 miles up and down the valley trying to find the
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Fan Bay Deep Shelter

Fan Bay Sound Mirrors

The excavation of Fan Bay Deep Shelter and the associated Sound Mirrors is developing very nicely. There has been a lot of work done recently to uncover the sound mirrors after years of being covered up. It’s well worth the walk along the cliffs to see them. Fan Bay Tunnels, also known as Fan Bay
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Stairway to heaven…

A stairway, staircase, stairwell, flight of stairs, or simply stairs..whatever you want to call them..most buildings have them…most abandoned, derelict buildings have amazing sets of stairs! It’s probably one of the most photographed objects in any abandoned building, apart from chairs, but that’s another subject in itself.  From the moment you tread on the first
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The Bloody Doors

First explore for a while..it was always going to be an awkward one this..for many reasons! After the usual meet up in some dodgy car park (that’s dodgy not dogging) this time at a more acceptable hour of the day we preceded to advance on our target in the usual ninja style..whilst some of the
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Remembrance of things past

remington !

It should come as no surprise really…but after exploring many abandoned decaying houses it still comes as a shock to find so many items left behind by the former occupants. On this occasion a rather grand house decaying on a pretty busy well-kept Belgium street in a small town..the usual antics ensued to get in…but
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Don’t let the sun shine down on me !

The sun shines through

Early morning trips out in the wilds of Kent can have their rewards. Hit this place nice and early on a Sunday morning, the early mist was just lifting to allow the sun to shine through, walking under the tree canopy we got see see some amazing shafts of light drifting down towards the ground.
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Tunnels and Dark Places

Deep Shelter Stairs

Walking through a dark tunnel is an exciting experience. It is frightening to walk through a long tunnel. Life around seems to be silent and at a standstill. Even the beating of the heart sounds like pounding of a drum….yer right! Walking through, crawling down into, climbing up into a tunnel is hugely exciting!

Waterfalls of Wales

Waterfalls of Wales

Nowhere else within Wales is there such a richness and diversity of waterfalls within such a small area as can be found in the Vale of Neath. The abundance of them has led to the region becoming known as the “Waterfall Country”. Cool in summer, sculptural in winter, wreathed in myths and fringed with ferns,
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Going out of my mine..

Dinas Silica Mine

well you would do…holidaying with my family! After a night of torrential non-stop rain the morning did not look like it was going to improve!…so with that in mind we decided to go underground – Dinas Silica Mine! After a small trek up the side of a mountain, being passed on the way by two
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Those magnificent men….

Paragliding over Rhossili Bay

…in their flying machines! After a pleasant morning spent cliff hopping around the Worms Head by Rhossili Bay I saw these guys jumping off the hill above the beach. So…one long climb up another hill (Wales is just covered with them) I nestled down in the heather to take some action shots of these paragliders.

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