a brilliant bright day to practice some photography skills at powis castle deer park , all the photos yo can see are taken on my DLSR, most of my blogg photos are taken on a compact camera for lightness and convince and my DLSR used for professional photos, but today as i my primary camera is my DLSR i have posted photos taken on this camera and today i was pushing its capability's on different subjects in different situations in perfect lighting conditions.......
above :an affect by zooming out with the camara on slow shutter setting at the same time as zooming.....who needs photoshop
below. my good friend Brian busy at work
having walked to the summit of Cyrniau Nod some years ago before i set up my freelancing, i had walked from Rhiwargor Waterfall car park at the northern end of Lake vyrwyn and at the time i had bridge camera, i got a good photo from the summit, so i had decided to visit the summit again with a view to getting some black and white photos with my DLSR but this time i decided to embark the summit on a 40km mountain bike ride with some stops for some waterfall photography on a stunning May afternoon and starting my ride from lake vyrwyn Dam so i could get a circuit of the lake in at the same time Cyrniau Nod has a very remote location OS grid reference SH 98851 27924 (click on the link for location and map) its summit is shared with the Snowdonia National Park boundary running through it,The views from the summit are extensive, if unremarkable due to the featureless, flat moorland surroundings. The summit is marked by a small cairn and surrounded by peat bogs. its location is accessible by a track running to 500 meters from the summit, a small cairn marks the small path leading to the summit across the peat-bogs and its location is remote in the Hirnant mountains sitting between the Arans and berwyns mountain range its summits is 667m (2.188ft) above sealevel,.a smaller peak of Cefn Gwyntog at 615 m (2,018 ft) sits below Cyrniau Nod is
renowned as one of the hardest summits in Wales to reach, due to its remoteness and hard walking terrain (on my list of things to do)
above: a good location to stop to stop and take photos of this waterfall
below: boundary marker at the top of the Hirant pass i passed before taking the track to the summit on the right, the last of a tarmac road i would see for a while
above: the remote track leading into the mountains and the Aran ridge in the distance
below: stopping to take some photos
above:photo shows how remote the Hirant mountains are
below:track going of into the distance and summit of Cyrniau Nod and Penllyn forest
Above: 20kms later and the last 500 meters of hard work getting over peak bogs i am at the 2.188ft summit of Cyrniau Nod,i spent a while taking in some landscape photos with my DLSR, berwyn mountains in the background.
below: Lake vyrwyn in the far distance and smaller peak of Cefn Gwyntog below.
the fence is the Snowdonia National Park boundary, powys side is on the left side of the fence.
below: this was what this was all about, taken black and white photos in remote locations ,i tend to use the clouds as a feature as well as the landscape
above: berwyns mountains
below: Aran mountains
Distant you offer nothing
but a meeting place for sky.
Eyes pass over you
looking for places higher.
Closer you are my heart.
The birthplace of clouds.
Where peat hags loom
from misted gloom
and rotted posts curtsey;
clinging to humming wires.
No one walks over you.
Not even sheep.
But I, am drawn
and feel your magic.
You suck at my boots
pleading me to stay.
One day I will;
lie down, blacken
your ancient soil.
Saturday (10/5/2014) we attended the 10th bala walking challenge held by bala rotary club and starting and finishing at bala Leisure Centre .
The weather half way was good but changed half way through it became a bala challenge with the weather, the rotary staff are very welcoming with light refreshments provided at Llanuwchllyn station as this was the halfway point and check point. The circuit we did loops the lake but away from the lake, overall a brilliant challenge as is the welsh weather
please follow the link for more information on the bala challenge
Nantlle ridge walk is another of our walks away from the tourists, as we parked at Rhyd-Ddu station car park most of the walks headed of to snowdon on the Rhyd-Ddu path, we headed for the steep accent Y Garn and Nantlle Ridge (Y Garn not to be confused with Y Garn of the Glyder mountains ).
a new walk had been built from Rhyd-Ddu to Beddgelert the Lon gwyrfai path ,so the start was on this path then the steep accent up to Y Garn with some good views over to the Menai straits and Anglesey, however we did have low cloud at times on the ridge.
a short grade one scramble to Mynydd Drws-y-coed and the the walk along the ridge to Trum y Ddysgl with some dramatic scenery and then the final part of the ridge to the summit of Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd and the large obelisk on the summit. the return was slightly different with a return to Trum y Ddysgl and down to what ended the walk through a forest and back onto Lon gwyrfai path with a total distance of 11.8 km and provided some good dramatic landscape photography and a fantastic mountain hiking
above: start of the walk on the Lon gwyrfai path and Y Garn
below: steep walking up Y Garn
above;on the summit of Y Garn and the ridge ahead of use
above: walkers ahead of us scrambling to the summit of Mynydd Drws-y-coed
above: the infamous face in the rock were i got some good black and white photos with my DLSR
below: narrow path on the ridge
below: summit of Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd and the large obelisk on the summit
below: looking back towards Trum y Ddysgl and Y Garn in the distance to the left of the photo
above: obelisk on the summit of Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd, this was as far as got before walking back but not before we had lunch on the summit and to enjoy the good views
above: on the decent. snowdon was hidden by the clouds
below: walk turns into a nice forest walk with a few mines hidden in the forest
final section and back on the new Lon gwyrfai path....thank you for following our walk on Nantlle Ridge