Some really different photography for me to try out on a Sunday afternoon out in Staffordshire on a visit to monkey forest at trentham gardens .
With 140 Barbary macaques to photograph its well worth a visit, be warned there really shy with photography as they tend to turn there backs but from the photos on the blog I got a few using a 200mm telephoto lens on my Nikon.
The woodland trail allows you to walk amongst the monkeys and immerse yourself in their everyday life's, the monkeys are free to roam around so photography is unhindered.
please follow the link for more information on monkey forest- http://www.trentham.co.uk/monkey-forest
Barbary macaques, Macaca sylvanus, are large Old World monkeys found in mountainous regions of Algeria and Morocco and on Gibraltar.The population of Barbary macaques is declining and they are becoming a threatened species. Numbers are falling because the Barbary macaques are losing their habitat to human activity such as logging and overgrazing
We have been walking up to Castell Dinas Bran a few times, once being in the snow which offered some great winter photography, which one of my photos of Castell Dinas Bran was featured on BBC welsh news "images of the day",
so this time is a hot Saturday afternoon in Llangollen and we decide to walk from Llangollen canal Warf, only a 2 mile short, challenging walk with breath taking views looking down into Llangollen
The walk is way marked all the way up, with a zig zag path nearing the top of the castle, which makes is quite accessible,
we managed to stumble across a old observer corps nuclear bunker, a old hidden out post of the cold war era, sadly this one was locked. but great to find some old history along the way.
I have posted a few photos so I will give a few facts along the way..........
The historical record also conflicts over whom really built the remains at Dinas Bran. The most reliable sources state that Gruffydd Maelor II, son of Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor I, began the castle in the late 1260's. The elder Madog founded nearby Valle Crucis Abbey, where both men were buried. Some references offer an earlier date for the castle, placing it in the 1230's, when Madog would have been alive and, therefore, its builder.
This was a challenging walk to do on a Sunday afternoon taking on the wayfarer and summiting cadair Bronwen. If anyone does not now the wayfarer, it is a mountain road starting at Llanarmon DC, this road snakes and twists it's way over the berwyn mountains to Llandrillo, totally unsuitable for normal vehicles ,it's used a lot for off-roading in 4x4s and motorbikes and occasionally mountain bikers.
It's summit lays a memorial stone to the "Wayfarer". so who is the wayfarer? The wayfarer was a pen name to a Walter McGregor Robinson a enthusiastic cyclist from Liverpool.
He wrote his cycling experiences in "cycling" magazine between the wars of world war one and two.
The memorial stone was layed in 1957, were also is a metal box with a book for passers by to sign to honour the man who made the route known across the country.
leaving the memorial stone we took a left on one of the paths that zig zags the berwyns were we head to the summit of cadair Bronwen with a height of 783 m (2,569 ft) above sea-level of then for a steep decent back to Llanarmon for well deserved drinks.