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By Goggz
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

Tags: Wales Snow Mountains Alone Snowdonia Reservoir Landscape and travel Very cold Goggz Marchlyn Pumped storage First hydro Great walk

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Anthony Plus
16 5.6k 17 Scotland
28 Mar 2008 12:29AM
dont think i can fault it, not that i would dare to do such a thing, lol.


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newy17 Plus
12 273 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 4:27AM
Superb work pete,,how long did it take to walk up there ?and it looks impressive,,
LesF Plus
11 182 9
28 Mar 2008 8:28AM
When you open this up large Pete it looks superb

Les F
Richsr Plus
10 91 223 England
28 Mar 2008 8:41AM
Best viewed large - great handheld capture.
Regards Richard.
Glynn Plus
11 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 12:53PM
Stunning wide shot and like the lead in. Fantastic statistics - wow.
Wooly Plus
12 112 4 England
28 Mar 2008 1:27PM
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.

Milla Plus
9 7 2 United Kingdom
28 Mar 2008 2:00PM
Beautifully taken, loved the mod too Smile
rangerpaul Plus
10 19 7 England
28 Mar 2008 7:21PM
Good sweeping pano Goggz. Very nicely put together and very nicely taken with the old Fuji!
28 Mar 2008 7:44PM
wow, amazing image
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
28 Mar 2008 10:33PM

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
redstag Plus
12 100 15 United Kingdom
29 Mar 2008 8:53PM
Fascinating image and I learned something, result.
Herge88 Plus
10 40 4 England
30 Mar 2008 12:49AM
Great pano image and an interesting tale, love the mod too Smile

Best Matt
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
30 Mar 2008 8:48AM
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.
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
30 Mar 2008 9:06PM
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
WelshKiwi Plus
10 3.2k 2 Wales
31 Mar 2008 1:09PM
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
tripodted Plus
12 32 1 Northern Ireland
1 Apr 2008 2:25PM
In the words of a certian Mr Morecome " You can't see the join." Well manipulated.
Goggz Plus
10 2.3k 72 Wales
3 Apr 2008 11:45PM
Hehe, ta you two Smile

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