Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself


It’s no secret that most of my photography in recent years has been from the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, here in North Wales. So it seems appropriate for a subject like Express Yourself that I use photographs from my visits to the National Park.

Llyn Padarn

Llyn Padarn was formed when glaciers carved out this part of North Wales. Approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) long, which makes it one of the largest natural lakes in Wales, it’s deepest point is about 94 feet (29 m). At the furthest end of the lake, from where I am standing, Llyn Padarn is linked to Llyn Peris which forms the lower reservoir of the Dinorwig power station. Also at the far end of the lake and to the right lies the village of Llanberis. – Source Wikipedia

Another favourite place of mine to visit is the Ogwen Valley which is bordered one side by the Glyderau mountain range and on the other by the Carneddau.

Llyn Ogwen

At the far end of the lake the Afon Ogwen descends in a series of cataracts and waterfalls, known as the Ogwen Falls in English and Rhaeadr Ogwen in Welsh, before continuing in a north-north-westerly direction down the glaciated Nant Ffrancon valley.

Let There Be Light

The scenery is so amazing, no matter what season in the National Park. I’ve photographed in Winter when the snow is deep, beautiful balmy late Summer days when the heather is in full bloom, Autumn when the hills are blanketed with the oranges and reds of ferns and Spring when the young lambs have arrived. It’s my kind of place where I’m happy to be with my camera.

Further down the valley the Afon Ogwen tumbles over rocks and with moss-covered stones gives a great splash, (excuse the pun) of green and white

Afon Ogwen

I hope you have enjoyed this series of photographs and in closing I’d like to leave you this quote by Freeman Patterson

The camera always points both ways. In expressing your subject, you also express yourself.

21 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

    • Mike Hardisty January 27, 2015 / 17:40

      It is Robin. I spend a lot of time in the National Park. Have even photographed the same things over and over again because the changing light makes them look different

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    • Mike Hardisty February 15, 2015 / 14:42

      Angeline, I apologize. I must have missed your comment

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  1. petspeopleandlife January 27, 2015 / 16:51

    The photo of the valley with the ray of sunligth streaming through, the rock wall along the curved road has to be one of my all time favorites. It is so beautiul. The area looks so isolated from the rest of the world.

    ~yvonne

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    • Mike Hardisty January 27, 2015 / 17:44

      And yet Yvonne, it’s one of the most popular spots in the park because of it’s easy access to the scenery. Where that beam of light is hitting is the main trunk road which carries a lot of traffic. Where we were standing is the old original road. Always quiet, just a few farmers and an occasional Park Warden

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    • Mike Hardisty January 28, 2015 / 08:16

      When I moved to Wales I didn’t know what I was letting myself in for, photography wise. Over the years I’ve met up with some great photographers and we go our regularly together. They know places I’ve never been to and that makes for a lot of interesting photographs

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  2. Patti Kuche January 27, 2015 / 23:45

    Beautifully expressed Mike!

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  3. Mike Hardisty January 28, 2015 / 08:19

    Thank you Patti. I could have kept adding photographs. My decision last year to change my camera and concentrate on landscapes I think has been justified now. The combination of the Olympus OM-D E-M1 and the 12-40mm f2.8 has made my bag so much lighter and I can get to places now without feeling tired

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    • Mike Hardisty January 30, 2015 / 16:34

      I never tire of the views in the national park. We’ve had a lot of snow in the last few days so I’ll be there tomorrow looking for something to photograph

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  4. straceface January 30, 2015 / 15:48

    Wow. These are actually stunning. I am hella impressed that you can capture such great images ^.^

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    • Mike Hardisty January 30, 2015 / 16:28

      Thank you! I am lucky to live in an area of outstanding beauty.

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    • Mike Hardisty January 30, 2015 / 16:28

      Thank you! I am lucky to live in an area of outstanding beauty.

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  5. craftcrazygran February 15, 2015 / 05:29

    amazing photos Mike! Breathtaking. You live in a gorgeous place indeed

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