by In Wales
Sun Nov 12th, 2006 at 10:03:40 AM EST
I have a thing about piers, I just love them. In particular I love out of season piers around seaside towns, which I think stems from childhood and the short time I lived in Bognor Regis (of all places...)
The photos here were taken last week in Llandudno, early in the morning and late at night when I would otherwise have been sleeping. I was supposedly staffing a conference but just kept staring out to sea.
I find there is a kind of eerie beauty about empty piers. The rock and souvenier stalls are all shut up, the garish plastic amusements and rides are folded away, no music is playing. It's not even sleeping, it's just waiting. Waiting for people to come back and fill it up with energy and life again.
The landscapes in Llandudno are absolutely gorgeous. I first went there with my school when I was 5 and remember the pebbly shingles on the beaches, and of course the tram! It shut in October so I couldn't go up on the tram again this time.
It is still all lit up at night, as though it is pretending it isn't really a ghost for the season.
And some gratutious arty shots. I had a great time playing with my camera, just a shame I didn't have more time.
And of course it is autumn, and there are few places so beautiful (in my opinion) as the Welsh mountains and valleys as the colours turn. This was taken somewhere on the way home.
I'll be posting something more substantial on any number of topics ranging from trade union membership to social constructions of poverty to why I'm unlikely to ever obtain a decent sized pension, once my next essay is out of the way.