Paul’s Photography Challenge: Industrial

Not content with the Weekly Photo Challenge on WordPress and my 52/2013 Project on Flickr I decided to have a go at Paul’s Challenge as well. .For challenge 1 there are 8 topics, one of them being industrial..

For many years a colliery operated at Point of Ayr; it was one of the last remaining operational deep mines in Wales. On the 23 August 1996 the colliery closed and nothing now remains of the colliery, not even a memorial plaque.

Railway Sidings

Serving the colliery was a spur off the Holyhead/Chester railway line. The rusty tracks are still there, as well as the end stop buffer.

Point of Ayr is also where natural gas from the Celtic gas-fields comes ashore, here it is processed and sweetened at a nearby plant.

Gas Terminal

Gas is piped through a pipeline 33.5 km long from the Douglas Complex of gas and petroleum drilling platforms in the Irish Sea.

Although I could find no reference information, there is a quay at the edge of the colliery site giving access to the River Dee and the sea.

Point of Ayr Dock

It is possible that the quay was used, like the nearby Mostyn colliery, to ship coal by sea.



13 thoughts on “Paul’s Photography Challenge: Industrial

  1. cd1972 April 17, 2013 / 20:57

    Great pictures!!


  2. fgassette April 17, 2013 / 22:14

    I love the browns and the blue colors of these photos. The different formations of the clouds change the mood of each one. Great photos.



    • Mike Hardisty April 18, 2013 / 08:25

      Believe it or not these photographs were taken with ten minutes of each other. PoA is always windy and the clouds just rush by


  3. paulscribbles April 19, 2013 / 14:55

    Fantastic series of shots Mike.


    • Mike Hardisty April 19, 2013 / 16:14

      It’s a great place Paul, very lonely. There’s also a bird reserve on the shore and about a mile away is Talacre lighthouse which featured in the dulux advert


  4. paulscribbles April 19, 2013 / 15:01

    pingback not happening for some reason on the related article links…not sure I understand why.


    • Mike Hardisty April 19, 2013 / 16:15

      Strange. Is it just ping backs from me or are others having problems?


      • paulscribbles April 19, 2013 / 16:26

        Just you…other pingbacks come to me for approval. Not critical as I have a page with links to all of your blogs but a curiosity. Might be worth embedding a link in the blog text to see what happens.


        • Mike Hardisty April 19, 2013 / 17:43

          I’ll try that. I’m writing another one this weekend so I’ll just embed a link and see what happens


  5. petspeopleandlife April 20, 2013 / 06:25

    These pic are so good. Stunning photography. I am often amazed at what you capture.


    • Mike Hardisty April 20, 2013 / 07:40

      Thanks Yvonne. I’m visiting a place called Bodnant Gardens today. Early start so I’m up at 6:30 to walk the dog first. Looks like its going to be a bright sunny day so I’m hoping to capture lots of flowers including the daffodil field….


  6. Gunta April 29, 2013 / 10:17

    Wonderful shots. I have to admit you gave me nearly as much of a challenge with this one as the low-key topic. Never thought to include the industries that have shut down here.


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