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Garw Valley Walk

Posted by
Philip (South Wales, United Kingdom) on 28 October 2010 in Lifestyle & Culture.

THis statue was recently installed to mark the pithead of the Ocean Colliery. It shows a horse and 2 miners.

I have previously posted the other pithead marker.

NIKON D90 1/50 second F/13.0 ISO 200 17 mm

Any tips or constructive criticism are welcome.

My photos can also be found on FLICKR.
I appreciate all your comments, thank you so much. I do read all the comments and will try to answer any questions you have.

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld, Germany

A fitting tribute to these hard men who lead a hard life underground !!!
This link shows how it all looked as the pit was still there http://www.alangeorge.co.uk/Deep-Navigation.htm

28 Oct 2010 5:54am

@Anthony Morgan Lambert: Thanks for the link. Some great historical photos. Unfortunately, you have the wrong Ocean colliery. The one in my photo is from Blaengarw in the Garw Valley. However, in a quirk of fate I am sure my Dad worked at both as he was a Group Area Electrical and Mechnical Engineer for the NCB in the 80s. He had dealings with most mines in South Wales at one time or the other.

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

As above a fitting tribute and nice too

28 Oct 2010 6:07am

@P J W Miller: Thanks. Yes, I feel as tributes go it has been done in a nice way.

Marie LC from Dauphiné, France

Interesting and strange statue... I will like to be in this place to dream...

28 Oct 2010 6:35am

marci from somewhere in..., Morocco

this is so lovely - the lighting and the sculpture...

28 Oct 2010 7:18am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Beautiful statue.. lovely tones and lighting here. well done.

28 Oct 2010 8:17am

Soheil from Tehran, Iran

nice framing
nice colors
well done

28 Oct 2010 8:27am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I'm glad that someone had the foresite to commision and pay for this before the memory of the hard work done by the miners-and their pit ponies- faded

28 Oct 2010 11:11am

@CElliottUK: It is surprising how these memories fade when the physical evidence is so thoroughly removed. Of course, a lot of the men who worked down these places have since passed away.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Very powerful . . wonderful tribute. Not before time.

28 Oct 2010 11:37am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Beautiful lighting on this tribute to the men and animals who toiled so hard below the surface. Nicely captured Philip! ;-)

28 Oct 2010 11:38am

Jeff from Pembroke Dock, Wales., United Kingdom

Out of the dark into the daylight,it's good to see the Pit Ponies remembered for the life they led in (to them) such an unnatural and frightening environment...Thanks for the shot Philip.

28 Oct 2010 3:07pm

@Jeff: Its a lovely setting. You would never guess that a colliery was on that site.

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great image, nice one

28 Oct 2010 7:26pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, United States

Very beautiful and interesting! Wonderful color and light! Wonderfully seen and captured in this beautiful landscape!

29 Oct 2010 2:57am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

In big contrast with the surroundings, at least for now....I assume that in time it will look more a part of nature.

30 Oct 2010 5:16am

NIKON D90
1/50 second
F/13.0
ISO 200
17 mm