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On Sunday I walked from my house up to this reservoir. It was cold and clear. I could see snow covered mountains in the Lake District from the dam. It's capacity has recently been increased by the addition of the small wall on top of the earthen dam. It's the biggest bitumen surfaced dam in existence I think.

It's purpose is threefold - to provide instant power for the breaks in the FA cup matches when all football fans rush out into the kitchen to put the kettle on Smile and to keep mains clocks running accurately (frequency control). It also keeps nuclear power stations running optimally by using their energy at night to pump the water back up to this reservoir, but it uses 4 units of electricity to do this and can only generate 3 units on the return.

The statistics are mindboggling - it goes from zero to full power in a few seconds and at that rate 82,000 gallons (372772 litres) a second travel through the six turbines.

I worked on this construction project for nearly three years. The mountain on the left is Carnedd Y Filiast (the greyhound rock is a rough translation).

Enough rambling... hope it cheers you up 'cos the weather is going to be rubbish this weekend Sad

Taken with my little Fuji jpeg camera 'cos the beasty was too heavy to lug this far Smile

[edit] forgot to mention it's a stitch of six or seven frames in Photoshop, handheld.

CHeers, Goggz

Camera:FujiFilm E500
Lens:yes
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Marchlyn
Username:Goggz Goggz
Uploaded:27 Mar 2008 - 11:16 PM
Tags:Alone, First hydro, Goggz, Great walk, Landscape / travel, Marchlyn, Mountains, Pumped storage, Reservoir, Snow, Snowdonia, Very cold, Wales
Votes:30
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Anthony
Anthony  135645 forum posts Scotland17 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 12:29 AM

dont think i can fault it, not that i would dare to do such a thing, lol.

Anthony

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newy17
newy17  8273 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 - 4:27 AM

Superb work pete,,how long did it take to walk up there ?and it looks impressive,,
ian

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LesF
LesF  8178 forum posts8 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 8:28 AM

When you open this up large Pete it looks superb

Les F

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Richsr
Richsr e2 Member 790 forum postsRichsr vcard England211 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 8:41 AM

Best viewed large - great handheld capture.
Regards Richard.

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Glynn
Glynn  81169 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 12:53 PM

Stunning wide shot and like the lead in. Fantastic statistics - wow.
G

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Wooly
Wooly  9112 forum posts England4 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 1:27 PM

Excellent use of the pano option Pete and a great stitch job. It was well worth the wait for the large version to come up on my steam driven PC here at work.

Alan

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Milla
Milla  6 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 2:00 PM

Beautifully taken, loved the mod too Smile

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rangerpaul
28 Mar 2008 - 7:21 PM

Good sweeping pano Goggz. Very nicely put together and very nicely taken with the old Fuji!
Paul

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bunbeam
bunbeam  9 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 - 7:44 PM

wow, amazing image
bunSmile

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
28 Mar 2008 - 10:33 PM


Quote: Dont think i can fault it, not that i would dare to do such a thing, lol. Anthony

Well mate, if it needs critique then you are duty bound to give it!


Quote: how long did it take to walk up there ?and it looks impressive, ian

It is a beautiful place Ian, I think the round trip was about 5 hours. I spent nearly half an hour waiting for some blokes on mountain bikes to come tearing down the road, but eventually realised that they'd gone a different route and weren't coming back Sad

@ ocadoman - great mod! If you check out the far end of the dam there is a boxlike structure (it's actually an overflow) that you could have used to fire tracer bullets towards the Lanc Wink

Thanks everyone for your kind comments, I wasn't expecting this amount of interest!

CHeers, Goggz

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redstag e2 Member 9100 forum postsredstag vcard United Kingdom14 Constructive Critique Points
29 Mar 2008 - 8:53 PM

Fascinating image and I learned something, result.
Jon

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Herge88 e2 Member 740 forum postsHerge88 vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2008 - 12:49 AM

Great pano image and an interesting tale, love the mod too Smile

Best Matt

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brownsilent e2 Member 7brownsilent vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2008 - 8:48 AM

Thank you Pete for not only this wonderful picture but also for the nice write up. I could locate this wonderful place and found great images of Carnedd Y Filiast on the net. Wonderful to live in such a great area.
Jo

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
30 Mar 2008 - 9:06 PM

Thanks everyone Smile

Not as much snow here though Jo Sad
We need proper German winters so I can't get to work Wink

CHeers, Goggz

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WelshKiwi  73231 forum posts Wales2 Constructive Critique Points
31 Mar 2008 - 1:09 PM

Love the history lesson that goes with the image Pete.

Until I read your words I just thought it was one image.

Great stuff.

Lee Smile

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tripodted
tripodted e2 Member 931 forum poststripodted vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2008 - 2:25 PM

In the words of a certian Mr Morecome " You can't see the join." Well manipulated.
Ted

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Goggz
Goggz  72301 forum posts Wales72 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2008 - 11:45 PM

Hehe, ta you two Smile

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