Llanberis Slate Mines

Llanberis Slate Quarries

The welsh tourist town of Llanberis, at the foot of Mount Snowdon, is not dominated by the highest mountain in Wales and England, nor by the other impressive peaks lining the Llanberis Pass, but by a vast slate mine and its spoil heaps.

The mine was one of the largest in the world. Its heyday was the 19th century but it didn’t stop working until the 1960s. If I were to be critical I’d say I couldn’t decide whether the natural mountain scenery would be improved more by the removal of the slate mine or the removal of Llanberis. However the mine is undoubtedly eye-catching and worth photographing.

 

Three monochrome shots

Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf
Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf

I was going to title this post “Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf” but that would look like I’d just dropped a book on the keyboard. That’s the name of this small lake at the northern end of the Rhinog range of hills in the southern half of Snowdonia.

Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf
Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf

I’d been on an overnight trip the night before and came up to do some scouting for future locations. I found this idyllic lake with almost no-one about. That was back in May. I never fully processed the shots but got back to them today and found that these three were rather nice. I hope you like them.

Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf
Llyn Tecwyn Uchaf

Trefriw

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I took a couple of shots earlier this year that have had a big influence on me. They were both shots of narrow, tree-lined lanes. Since then I’ve been taking lots of photos of lanes and going out of my way to find such places. I don’t know if it’s a passing fad or something longer term but I’ve been very pleased to find inspiration in the less obvious.

These shots were taken a few weeks ago near the village of Trefriw, in the Conwy valley in Snowdonia. From the village you can wander into the hills towards the lakes of Crafnant and Gerionydd. You go into steep-sided, thickly wooded valleys with some wonderful views. Despite the loveliness I was surprised at how few shots I took.

Welsh autumn colour

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Some shots from a welsh trip this week. Not as successful as I’d hoped even though the colours were at their best. I didn’t focus in advance on a single location, thinking I’d try a few different places in one day. That’s usually not a good plan for me. I find I get better results when I’ve properly planned the day out in advance, knowing exactly where I’m going. Anyway, a few nice shots. A mixture of the woods just outside Bethesda and one of my autumn favourites, Aberglaslyn Gorge. Continue reading

Crimpiau – part 2

Llyn Crafnant Sunrise

I think I’m getting better at wild camping as I slept well again (by bivvy-bag standards, at least). A very calm and warm night helped. I got up to a promising sky with a rainbow of colour on the horizon. The air was much clearer after the haze of the evening with a nice bit of mist trapped in the valley above Capel Curig below. There was also a tiny half moon, which looks even tinier in my wide-angle photographs. Continue reading

Crimpiau – part 1

Tryfan and the Glyders

Crimpiau is a minor top in Snowdonia, an eastern outlier of the Carneddau. It’s only about 450m high but has one of the best views in North Wales that takes in the three highest ranges – Snowdon, the Glyders and the Carnedds. It’s quiet (I didn’t see anyone else the whole time I was there) and has lovely shapes and textures in the foreground. Continue reading