Wales Weekender - Part 2 Snowdonia
Wales Weekender – Day 2 Snowdonia
Following on from our excellent first day on Anglesey, myself and partner in action, Neil Nicklin, were up again at 6am and headed off from Bangor to our first planned stop to try and capture Cwm Idwal. We parked at Ogwen Cottage just off the A5 and walked up the well laid path. We took a few shots looking down Llyn Ogwen with the sun’s rays poking through the otherwise overcast sky.
Following the path round to Llyn Idwal, it was apparent the light wasn’t going to light up the hills surrounding the lake as we’d hoped. It was a lovely quiet spot though, not a sole around apart from a young lad and his dad returning from an overnight camp. The waters were crystal clear and definitely a spot I want to return to. This was the best of my efforts from this location.
We headed back down towards the car park and stopped off to capture the waterfall that flows under a small bridge near Ogwen Cottage. At first I couldn’t get a composition that I was happy with. When taking a wider view, there is a silver birch tree that looks interesting, but it didn’t make for a great view and the large rock in the middle of the falls also dominates a bit. I persevered and went for a tighter crop from the right hand side of the falls and was more pleased with that.
From there we carried on the A5 down to Capel Curig and then took the A4086 towards Llanberis. I had researched some locations around there and after a bit of searching on his phone Neil guided us to the location that looks up Llyn Padarn with a small foreground tree. This is my take on that view, and one of my favourites from the weekend.
From here we headed up to Caernarfon for some lunch and a few touristy shots of the Castle. We sampled some nice Welsh Rarebit at a small café in the town and re-charged ourselves a bit.
After Caernarfon we headed for another castle at Harlech. Unfortunately some building work was in progress with a large tower crane dominating the view. After a good walk round trying to find a decent angle we had to admit defeat and decided it was time to head towards home.
On the way back we popped briefly in to Llandudno as I wanted to capture a view of the pier to add to my collection of UK pier shots. It was nice to see this particular pier in good condition and being well used by lots of people.
Overall, it was a great photography weekend and I was very impressed with the variety of impressive scenery in a relatively small area. I'm already planning another trip!
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