52/2013 Week 41


Llynnau Mymbyr

I’m standing on the edge of Llynnau Mymbyr and from here you can normally see across the water to the Snowdon Horseshoe and the peaks of Grib Goch (3023ft/921mts); Crib y Ddysgl (3493ft/1065mts); Snowdon (3560ft/1085mts) and Lliwedd (2947ft/898mts)…but not yesterday.

Yesterday was cold… and dark. Not ideal conditions, but I still had to get a photograph for this weeks challenge. The Snowdonia National Park is a beautiful place when the sun shines. But when the temperature drops and it’s cloudy and overcast there’s a certain menace. It’s not always easy to show this in a photograph but I hope I have captured the atmosphere which gives you some idea of what it’s like.

Llynnau Mymbyr are two lakes located in Dyffryn Mymbyr, a valley running from the village of Capel Curig to the Pen-y-Gwryd hotel in Snowdonia.

Strictly speaking this is one lake, originally called Llyn Mymbyr, with a maximum depth of 30 feet. About 3/4 mile long in total, a delta has built up midway along the north shore, and this has to all purposes cut the lake in two – hence the plural name.

 

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16 thoughts on “52/2013 Week 41

  1. petspeopleandlife October 13, 2013 / 20:02

    The photo is excellent. Dark, moody, threatening, menacing, mysterious- which ever description one could choose, fits the scene. Frankly speaking I think it is somber and stunning.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2013 / 23:19

      Hello Yvonne, it was a horrible day and just seemed to get darker and darker, especially in the mountains. Even when we came back to the coast it didn’t really lighten up that much.

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  2. vastlycurious.com October 13, 2013 / 20:35

    It’s beautiful!

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  3. Patti Kuche October 13, 2013 / 21:40

    Those two large rocks left and front almost seem to be on the move in that they take your eye all the way to that far mid-point. A beautiful shot Mike, the cold and the dark look so good!

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    • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2013 / 23:24

      I don’t know about looking good, Patti. It really was cold with an icy wind blowing. I had a fleece and outer jacket of goretex and I could still feel the wind. The only good thing was it didn’t rain but the ground I was standing on was quite boggy.

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      • Patti Kuche October 13, 2013 / 23:32

        Makes it even more monumental. Bad weather has so much more character to it, and you caught it. Hope you had a warm drink to go home to!

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        • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2013 / 23:37

          I always carry a small flask of coffee in my camera backpack, even in summertime. It’s amazing how quickly the weather can change

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          • Patti Kuche October 13, 2013 / 23:44

            Oh those weather changes . . .. and what a good idea to keep the coffee with you. We do a lot of walking up and down Dartmoor where you can always get a dose of winter at some time during any day!

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  4. vanecktharien October 13, 2013 / 21:58

    Excellent. It has darkness as part of it, but also a sense of wonder of the scenery

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    • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2013 / 23:24

      Snowdonia is a beautiful, rugged and wild place…but that very beauty makes it dangerous if you are not careful

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  5. Andrew October 14, 2013 / 09:52

    Excellent moody photo, Mike. We leave for Europe tonight, hurrah! I am hoping to get something by way of photos whilst we are there but it won’t be anything as spectacular as this.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 14, 2013 / 16:27

      Have a safe journey, Andrew, I’m sure you will get some good ones whilst you are here

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  6. Anne Camille October 14, 2013 / 15:17

    Not only do the low-hanging, threatening clouds (which read “snow” in my part of the world) give this image a sense of how cold it was, but the ripples on the water tell the viewer that the wind is carrying that cold! What a great shot!

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    • Mike Hardisty October 14, 2013 / 16:29

      Hello Anne. I did think of snow at the time, there was some in Scotland during the week, but then I thought it’s not right for snow. Surprisingly it didn’t rain either

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