Snowdonia Evening

Snowdonia Evening

This is another photo from my last time in Wales, this time it is an image I took in Snowdonia. After having spent the day in and around Caernarfon I decided to go the long way around to get back to where I was staying in Porthmadog, this involved driving along the Menai Strait to Bangor and driving down the A5 to Capel Curig before driving down to Beddgelert and then Porthmadog. This route encompasses some fantastic views of Snowdonia passing by many rivers and lakes in the valleys and some great views of the peaks.

When I turned a corner and found this view, I had to stop the car and take a photo. This is looking down the valley of the Afon Glaslyn (River Glaslyn) towards Beddgelert with Llyn Gwynant (Lake Gwynant) in the foreground with the sun setting in the distance out of frame. Mount Snowdown, Wales’ tallest mountain, on the right blocks all of the sun’s light but shafts find their way through dips on the slopes causing the shafts of light to fall into the valley. It was such a beautiful September’s evening I just had to stop and take a moment to enjoy it.

Only afterwards did I find out that this view looking towards Moel Hebog (Bare hill of the Hawk) behind Beddgelert is one of the most photographed views in all of Snowdonia [1] so this is hardly the most original photo. I like it just the same, because it takes me back into the evening I had driving back to Porthmadog from Caernarfon and the views I enjoyed on that drive.

An evening view in Snowdownia where the sun setting behind Mount Snowdon causes shafts of light to illuminate the valley around llyn Gwynant near Beddgelert.
Caernarfon Reflections

Caernarfon Reflections

These are a couple of photos from 2019 from a trip I took up to North Wales with my family, for which we had perfect weather for the whole week. It was an incredible week with so much September sunshine, the complete opposite to the last time I visited the area where it rained for a whole week. Going back through my photos now while we are in lockdown these photos bring back great memories, not least of when we were able to go outside!

Caernarfon Castle and the waterfront is reflected in the Menai Strait
Caernarfon Castle and the waterfront is reflected in the Menai Strait

North Wales is beautiful and has so many places to visit and I love being able to go and visit, and for my last trip to be combined with such fantastic weather gave many opportunities to get some fantastic images. I love the reflections captured in these images and the richness of the blues captured in the water.

Caernarfon Castle reflected in the water of Afon Seiont at high tide, with local boats floating in the waters.
Caernarfon Castle reflected in the water of Afon Seiont at high tide, with local boats floating in the waters.

I spent a long time trying to get these images right, the main thing I kept hoping for was for more wind to blow the flags on the towers, unfortunately it was a very calm day and so the flags just didn’t move. On the plus side, at least I managed to get a 99 from the ice cream van.

This is just a quick post, mainly testing that some changes I’ve made here all work properly, so far they seem to be working, so hopefully I can post more on here soon. Hopefully I can post more photos here with more detail in the coming weeks.