|Merthyr's Daffodils were just a little beaten down by the blizzard.|
|The evil Cafarthfa Ironworks remain a black slash across the landscape.|
|The massive scale of this was staggering. There are people in the first photo above.|
|The greenery of a now clean Taff River is slowly taken the landscape back including this iron tram bridge.|
|Ironies continue with the marker on Merthyr's Carnegie Library.|
|Merthyr monuments its Rising much better than Newport where martyrs to the workers also died.|
|Approximate location of the former LDS meeting place on Castle Street, now a government building.|
I parked there on the right the week before when I stayed at the Castle Hotel across the street!
|The light blue building across the roundabout is the former Railway Inn, another place where Mormon meetings were held.|
The sculpture in the roundabout is a steel and aluminum representation of Merthyr's rebirth by Charles Sansbury.
Waking from my rest, I noticed there was an advantage to the time change in that the sun was still up on a sunny day in Wales. A rarity indeed!
One item on my list was to take some time for a walk in the mountains or woods. The mountains hadn't completely cleared from snow so I opted for the woods.
I walked out and up through the town, more of a village, of Talgarth and on up and up until I came to a trailhead at the Pwll-y-wrach Nature Reserve. I wanted to see the waterfall at the Witch's Pool.
Was this it?
It looked like a fairly deep pool and a place full of magic, so I heeded Galadriel's advice, "Do not touch the water!" and I kept on.
My very good walking shoes are not the best mud shoes. But I kept on very carefully not to slip.
Was this it?
On I went.
I knew I had arrived back home to a place I must have been before at least in dreams.
There is magic here. They say it is called "Witch's Pool" because it was supposedly used for witch-dunking in the cruel days. It is too beautiful for cruelty. I'm going with Glinda who was a good witch and beautiful. This was a place where good witches met to recharge their earth powers. It worked for me.
Still, I did not touch the water.
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