Friday, 15 July 2011
Skywatch over the Wrekin in Shropshire
We watched the evening sky drop away into a fantastic sunset as we climbed towards the 1335ft summit and I thought of Skywatch.
The header shot was taken looking through the trees towards the Welsh mountains
The Legend of the Wrekin
A Welsh Giant, bearing a grudge against the people of Shrewsbury, set out one day with a spadeful of earth to dam the Severn and thus drown the town. But he took the wrong road and, meeting a cobbler near Wellington, enquired of him the way. Now the cobbler, hearing the Giant's intention, decided he could not risk losing so many of his best customers. So he tumbled the boots and shoes from his bag. "I've come from Shrewsbury, and I've already worn out all these boots and shoes, so far away is it." In despair, the Giant dumped his spadeful of earth where he stood, and returned home. The Giant's load is the hill which people now call the Wrekin.
The Wrekin has long been the subject of many a myth and legend
Turning around and looking to the east , the harsh reality of the chimneys of the Ironbridge Power Station at the head of the Ironbridge Gorge was visible
Then a last look at those skies over Wales