Under normal circumstances I write my blog off-line using Windows Live Writer and insert all of my images into posts from Flickr. I just think it gives me better control and more importantly readers can see the EXIF data of an image if they click on the link back to Flickr. However, one thing WLW can’t do is format a gallery of photographs so for this post it’s back to writing live on-line.
I’m not really a fan of the WordPress Gallery Feature and in the past I have resisted using it, preferring to show single images down the page and writing about each as I go on. For this weeks challenge I’m going to do it differently, so here’s the gallery. Apparently if you click on one of the images it will start a slide-show….I leave that up to you.
As you can probably see, snow seems to be the common theme to this weeks post. Two weeks ago most of North Wales was hit by snow storms and high winds. 70 mph winds blew the snow off the hills and mountains, blocking roads, cutting off communities, trapping livestock, even at lower levels. Just yesterday I saw a news report about a sheep farmer who has just managed to get to his sheep and lambs. They were buried under 20 foot drifts and as you can guess, they are all dead. At the busy Easter weekend, the Snowdon Mountain Railway is not running, they are still trying to clear the tracks to the summit. Hopefully this link will show you what they are trying to do. The Snowdonia National Park is popular all year round, heck I do a lot of my photography there, but at Easter time it is especially busy, with walkers and climbers heading into the mountains. It’s no wonder that the Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team have been very busy with people caught out by the adverse conditions. You can read more about that by following this link. Anyway I digress.
My theme was snow and on Saturday, knowing that the main roads and many minor ones were now clear of snow I decided to take a circular route through part of the National Park, stopping off to take photographs, when I could. My journey into the park started from Prestatyn, journeying through Ruthin and driving to the top of the Horseshoe Pass (417 metres or 1,368 ft). The pass is often closed in winter due to snowfall or landslides and had only just opened after being blocked for days. From the pass we would descend into Llangollen, then take the main A5 road to Betwys-y-Coed, don’t you just love these Welsh names, then Capel Curig before taking the Llanberis Pass to Llanberis and eventually back Prestatyn.
So there you have it. A great day out doing something I love, photography. Beautiful and rugged scenery, a sunny but cold day, lots of fresh air and I even got sun-burnt.
Another reason I prefer to use WLW is that I can insert more links to other great blogs who are writing about this subject. For some reason when I write a post directly in WP I am limited to inserting only ten links.
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day In The (My) Life (2) (chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (imperfecthappiness.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (windagainstcurrent.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: Day in the Life-SBI Searches for Spring (picturesinlivingcolor.wordpress.com)
- Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (sonelcorner.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day In the Life (pilotfishblog.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life – A Little World (teepee12.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (onthegypsystrail.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (jlroeder.wordpress.com)
- Weekly Photo Challenge: A Day in My Life (Future Tense, Lunchtime, My Neighborhood) (eldysphotoblog.wordpress.com)