WW2 Storage bunker pt 2

Ater my first visit to this Second World War bomb storage bunker in Llanberis several months ago, it was time to go back and have a look inside...with some company this time!

  On a disused quarry site near Llanberis.

On a disused quarry site near Llanberis.

Heading back there with Andy, a seasoned veteran of disused abandoned dark places felt a little more comfortable, plus he had all the right gear for this sort of thing, mainly torches....and lots of them!!

  Entrance to the bunker where the train would have come in to offload and load huge amounts of the RAF's explosives.

Entrance to the bunker where the train would have come in to offload and load huge amounts of the RAF's explosives.

Entering through a door where the train would have come in you find yourself greeted by darkness with just a small amount of light cast by the open door, this is as far as I got on my last visit due to a lack of suitable lighting and there is no way you could go any further without any, it is absolutely pitch black in there.

As you make your way in there is a series of openings on either side. To the right of the tracks is one room with platforms, the left leads to a further five large storage areas, this is where we headed.

  Staircase to the upper level.

Staircase to the upper level.

The rooms are large, empty spaces with damp floors, signs of previous visitors are clear to see with graffiti on the walls and the odd empty beer can lying around. The first room you come across has an old lift shaft in the centre which would have taken the bombs up to the upper level, and at the back there is a staircase.

  One of the storage rooms on the upper level.

One of the storage rooms on the upper level.

Once upstairs there are seven of these large storage area's. The picture above was taken about a third of the way down so you can see just how far these rooms go on for. The rooms go on and on, one after another separated by arch ways, it's difficult to imagine the scale of the operation here and the amount of bombs that were stored here.

  Archways separating the rooms on the upper level.

Archways separating the rooms on the upper level.

It's so dark on the upper level that you can barely see your hand in front of your face and there's a chill to the air. We had torches, off camera flash and some smoke bomb and played around trying out dramatic shots.

  Dramatic shot taken by Andy Hargreaves.

Dramatic shot taken by Andy Hargreaves.

After awhile we headed back to the ground level for a last look around and at the back of one the rooms we came across a big steel door that someone had conveniently cut a small hole in, unfortunately too small to get through(as someone pointed out by writing in marker pen above the hole 'can you please make this bigger before my next visit'!). Looking through the hole is a tunnel cut into the rock with a stone floor that looked to have tracks where a cart might have carried something somewhere, where and what is unknown, the tunnel bares off to the left and you barely see 10ft into it. It's a shame the hole is so small because this looks it needs further investigating. 

  Tunnel cut into the rock, destination unknown!

Tunnel cut into the rock, destination unknown!

A great day out and hopefully will get back again sometime before it's inaccessible and being used for something else(rumoured). And maybe the hole leading to the tunnel will have been made bigger! 

*I don't recommend that anybody visits this site, it is dangerous and could lead to injury or harm. Anyone who does venture there does so at their own risk*

Woodfest Wales 2016

I was lucky enough to get a stall at this years Woodfest in Caerwys over the weekend of 24,25,26th June. Having shamefully never been to any of the previous Woodfests I hadn't really any idea what to expect but I was very pleasantly surprised. What a great little festival!!

As you can probably guess from the name this festival is based around wood(quite apt with my name!), and was packed out with demonstrations, stalls and activities for the whole family.  

There was Axe competitions, poll climbing, chainsaw sculpting, wood turning, pyrography, dog shows, vintage tractors, big horses, little horses, alpacas, live music and much more!

There were several large marques with many stalls(including mine!) selling allsorts from beautiful wood carvings, wood turned pens, photographs, skin care products, tools, crafted mirrors and many more. The food hall boasted a whole range of local products to try or buy from cheese to beer to cookies, smoked sausages, wood fired pizza, cider and burgers. Some stalls were there to demonstrate things like woodturning, wool making and pyrography.

Lots of outside stalls as well including furniture, slate products, 4x4's, hot tubs, chainsaws, axes, work clothes, food and wooden pods for sale, and you could even hold an owl if you wanted! The Toyota Hilux from Top Gear used on the Arctic Expedition was also there which you could have a good look round and sit in.

Plenty there for the kids to do too. I took my 3 1/2 year old daughter on the Saturday and she loved it! There was fair ground rides, bouncy castles, trampolines and face painting. She was there from 9am to 6pm and was keep entertained the whole time, and that's no mean feat believe me!!

The Toyota Hilux from the Top Gear Arctic Expedition.

The festival was really well organised on a good site, they did an excellent job! It was great a great, fun weekend with lots of lovely people and some very interesting characters, two my personal favorites were the man with the wooden hat doing the pyrography and the man outside turning the wooden mushrooms! I'm glad I experienced it and would definitely go back next year whether it's with a stall or as a visitor.

I'd like to say a big thank you to Alison Fricker for sorting the stall out and to her great kids for all their help. And to Cambrian Photography for the help in getting me ready.

Crosby meet up with Shoot Mirrorless

Fantastic day had on Sunday at the long exposure meet up at Crosby with the guys from Shoot mirrorless. A great group of like minded people with same interest of using mirrorless camera systems(Fujifilm, Olympus, Sony etc.).

 The Shoot Mirrorless camper vans

The Shoot Mirrorless camper vans

Meeting on the car park at Crosby beach at 2.30pm with plenty of camera talk and coffee, then heading down on to the beach with our cameras, tripods and Nd filters to get some long exposure shots of The Another Place sculptures by Antony Gormley. If you haven't seen the sculptures they are a sight to behold, 100 life size cast iron figures appearing on the beach as the tide goes out.

As the tide went out everyone set up there cameras at various points to try and get some long exposer shots, quite a difficult task as you could see tripods sinking into the sand, and, at this point as water soak into my shoes realising that wellies would probably have been a good idea!!

 Sinking into the sand

Sinking into the sand

Plenty of really good photographers there to help out with tips, advice and equipment for anyone who hadn't done much long exposure before.

All in all a great day. Lovely weather, great company, great conversation, good coffee and the odd photograph taken as well..who could ask for more!!

If you're interested in talking, coffee drinking, taking photographs and mirrorless cameras, or would like to know more about mirrorlesss cameras, then come along and join us at the next free Shoot Mirrorless meet up at Penmon on Anglesey on Sunday 29th May!!

For more info follow the facebook link below;

https://www.facebook.com/ShootMirrorless/?fref=ts

Photographs by Jack Mayall