Mostly Grey….

Ailsa has asked us to consider Grey for this week’s travel theme…

I have journeyed in time and space, to a mine in North Wales in the late 1970s on a dull, wet, grey day:

Relics of a slate mining past

Relics of a slate mining past

…and to another mine in mid Wales in the mid 1980s:



Both of these images have been scanned from slides, but it is only now with more sophisticated software that I have been able to get more detail from these shots….I never realised the slag heaps were in that first shot, for example!

Check out more grey at Ailsa’s blog here.




  1. I like these abandoned places – I hope you have more Sue

  2. i can’t imagine many things ore grey than a Welsh mine!

  3. I can’t imagine many things more grey than a Welsh mine!

  4. This is about as grey as you can get. You capture great atmosphere Sue, love it 😉

  5. If you ever need more grey, Sue, I have some overcast skies that will fit the bill! The shots from Wales did the trick for now though.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. That.Is.Pretty.Grey.
    A slate mine is a good choice 🙂

  7. I love the other-time feel of these images: they say so much more than a photo. They also feed my liking for ruins, and my speculations about why!

    • Sue

      I thought, as a female, my love of ruins was a bit on the odd side….but now I’m discovering more like-minded female souls! 😀😳

  8. Grey or not, very inspiring… 🙂

  9. As photos you are great, they tell the history of northern Wales and what it has turned into. The story isn’t pleasant, though. It represents a harsh life and sad destruction to the countryside.

  10. Amazing quality considering they are scanned from slides Sue. As we have talked about before I love exploring such spots.

    • Sue

      I bought an expensive slide scanner over a decade ago, and it was well worth it. Originally, I got some good scans, but with the latest software I can see more details, get better colours…’s quite a revelation at times!
      I’m glad you are a kindred spirit, Sue! Alas, I can no longer do the exploring I used to (in part because these places are no longer what they were)…..but I can revisit through my images!

  11. Such dramatic photos, Sue. Perfect for the theme.

  12. Perfect shots for the theme, Sue. It’s a long time since I visited any of the coal mines in North Wales – who knows, we might have even visited at the same time! 😉

  13. certainly good reproductions fro old slides Sue, you’ve brought out lots of detail. Perfect for this weeks theme.

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