Archive for River Taff

Cardiff Bridge in the Dark

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on January 31, 2013 by telescoper

I took this with my Blackberry walking home on Monday night along the Taff embankment in the torrential rain; it was taken just by Cardiff Bridge where the Taff flows under Castle Street/Cowbridge Road. As you can see, the river was pretty swollen as the result of recent heavy downpours. Yet another flood alert was issued yesterday afternoon, but I have seen the Taff higher than this. It’s still an impressive beast when it’s got its dander up, growling along as it speeds down towards Cardiff Bay.

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Swans on the Taff

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on March 24, 2011 by telescoper

The lovely spring weather continues here in Cardiff. I awoke this morningto bright early sunshine and a vibrant dawn chorus supplied by more different kinds of birds than I could count. This evening as I walked home along the Taff past the cricket ground I noticed some swans – two pairs, to be precise – cruising up and down as if they owned the place. I took a couple of pics with my phone and then they spotted me and approached, no doubt thinking I had food. Close up, swans are easily big enough to be scary so I beat a hasty retreat.

I have always thought it curious that the collective noun for swans is a lamentation (which seems most inappropriate for such beautiful creatures), although four probably isn’t enough to qualify as a lamentation anyway.

Tomorrow night is our annual Physics Ball, and if the weather carries on like this I’ll be forced to don the white DJ and pretend to be a toff.


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