Saturday, November 15, 2008
This week's PhotoHunt theme is ruin(ed). I thought I'd give you an example of both. The first image shows the ruin of a building known as the Old Salt House. It's located at Port Eynon, on the Gower Peninsula, near Swansea, in Wales. Local legend insists that the Old Salt House was a local smuggler's stronghold, but a number of historians insist that's just a legend. It seems the true story of the Old Salt House's origins are a little more mundane. Since the days of Elizabeth I, the now ruined building was used for the production of salt, which was extracted from sea water.
From the ruins of an old building in decline, we turn to the skyline of Swansea Bay, ruined for many thanks to a new construction. See this ugly thing? I took this shot about a year ago, when this hideous thing was about ten metres high, and only a fraction of its eventual width. It looks fairly innocent here, albeit ugly.
See the yellow-clad portion? That's now over 300 ft. high. It has lower sections either side of it, which are at least seven to eight stories high, and now far more extensive than they appear in this image. It has ruined what was once an unbroken view of Swansea Bay for hundreds, if not thousands, of people. I hate it. It's a vile, hideous scar on the landscape. It has also ruined enjoyment of their homes for many people. It has been built so close to their homes, that they could literally reach out of their windows and touch it. Their once light and airy seaside homes are now dark and miserable.
Oh well, that's it for this week. Have a lovely weekend, and don't let anyone or anything ruin it for you!