Black & White Sunday: Traces of the Past

Today, Paula is looking for Traces of the Past. Last week, I posted an image of a tunnel at the old Welsh Highland Railway, which had been abandoned many years before.  This is an image from the same tunnel, but looking the other way, along the narrow trackbed. A lonely and very atmospheric place. I did once try to write a poem….

Welsh Highland Railway circa 1984

Welsh Highland Railway circa 1984

This railway has now been restored and brought back to life for steam enthusiasts and tourists…something about which I am very ambivalent.

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39 comments

  1. You certainly captured a feel of desolation in that place, Sue.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Sue

      Thanks, Pete…well it might have been October, and of course it can be very wet in North Wales, so it instantly looks a bit forlorn!

  2. I’d be too. I like places with less tourists which lets me dream about the past. I love your choice for this B&W Sunday. Thank you, Sue. This is right up your and my alley 🙂

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  4. That puddle is perfectly placed to create a balance image. I almost be live you arranged it there as you arrange your still lifes. I want to walk through the tunnel and along that track.

    • Sue

      Haha, Meg….my post processing isn’t up to such wizardry! It’s the same puddle as in my last image of this place, just looking the other way!

  5. “In between” the good old days and restoration……I guess that was the best time 🙂

  6. I dare hardly confess to being a sometime tourist 😦 Do you make exceptions, Sue? 🙂 🙂 It’s a wonderfully atmospheric composition.

    • Sue

      Glad you like it Jo! Now, I am a tourist from time to time, but I was just referring to the memories of this place, it does stir the emotions in me…

      • That’s nice to know, Sue. Sorry to be flippant. 😦
        Been scuttling about for the past hour or so trying to organise the offspring. He’s off to Brum and final exams now so I can collapse in a heap and focus on tomorrow’s walk. 🙂

      • Sue

        Jo, don’t apologise – I am a past master at flippancy myself! Hope you can put your feet up soon 😀

  7. I mostly agree, and much prefer places like the Tarka Trail where they become part of a walking and cycle trail, but I suppose something has to fund the upkeep. Just hope they’ve done it well.

  8. I have a preference for B&W photos, and this is most evocative…write that poem! 😉

  9. Such good contrast in this photo.

  10. Excellent shot, Sue. It definitely calls for a poem or a haiku at the very least.

  11. This photo is also a very great veiw. Lovely in black & white.

  12. I hope your ambivalence only extends to steam enthusiasts and not to tourists in general! I quite like an old steam engine, but wouldn’t go out of my way to track one down. The old lines do make good walking trails though. I actually find this shot rather oppressive. But then I dislike being inside tunnels or caves and from this angle I can imagine myself inside. [shiver]

  13. Your B&W is the perfect treatment for this one Sue. Very nostalgic

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