Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries


The Snowdonia National Park boasts areas of natural beauty; it’s I shoot most of my landscape photographs. The park has an area of roughly about 838 square miles.

Snowdonia National Park

Boundary Markers for the park can be seen all over and surprisingly the park not only encompasses the beautiful mountains and rivers I photograph, it also includes farmland and forests.

Within the park though there are natural boundaries. Flowing rivers. This one is pretty quiet just now, but when winter and the rains come it will be a flowing torrent.

Afon Nant Peris

Mountains also act a natural boundaries. Only the fit and sometimes foolish are prepared to tackle them and each year we hear of someone being killed or seriously injured whilst on the mountains. The Llanberis Mountain Rescue Team, who are all volunteers, were called out 34 times in August this year. In total they spent 750 man hours helping people who were in trouble on Snowdon and the surrounding mountains.

Have a look at this video showing one of the most dramatic  and dangerous walks in Snowdonia, the knife-edge track over Crib Goch. I’ve been walking down at the lake you can see in the video, watching people walk Crib Goch high above me, when the clouds have rolled in, completely covering the summit.

Dramatic. I couldn’t do it. Or maybe I should say I wouldn’t do it. I’m not experienced enough and I know my limits.

Of course in the park there are also man-made boundaries, gates, stone walls and barbed wire fences. Mainly they are there to keep the sheep in, not the walker and climber out. It always amazes me though when you see a stone wall which almost runs up to the summit a mountain in the National Park. The amount of effort which must have gone into, not only building the wall, but getting the stones there in the first place.  Look closely at this photograph you can see the wall stretching into the distance.

The Gate

Fortunately, there are many paths through the National Park and to save damage to the walls, wooden styles are provided for walkers to climb over.

Gate and Steps

Weather of course can act a boundary. Whilst I’m happy to walk up to Cwm Idwal, one of the easiest walk in Snowdonia, I’d think twice about doing it in bad weather conditions or heavy snow. Not entirely true. I have been up there when it was snowing. Not fun and I was glad to walk back down again.

52/2013 Week 4

Well that’s it for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs – Mike

Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge. Pay them a visit, you won’t regret it.

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11 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Boundaries

  1. Albatz Travel Adventures October 9, 2015 / 09:30

    Wonderful photos! I’m in Ireland right now and was thinking about posting a few shots of the thousands of rock fences for the boundaries challenge, but iffy wifi stopped me-I know my limits on patience!

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    • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2015 / 11:08

      That’s always a problem when you are away from the comfort of your normal environment. You can never rely on services.

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  2. tjparis October 9, 2015 / 14:20

    Exquisite photos. Inspiring! ☺

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  3. Janet Sunderland October 13, 2015 / 01:05

    I always enjoy diving into your shots and their depth and width. Thanks so much for the journey.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 13, 2015 / 11:07

      I’m glad you like the photographs Janet. Sometimes I wonder which ones to show to show each week. so it’s nice to hear that they are appreciated.

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  4. petspeopleandlife October 17, 2015 / 03:44

    The scenery and the colors of the last two photos are very pretty. I love the gate. That park really is a wonderland of such varied scenery.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 17, 2015 / 18:07

      It is Yvonne. In the last few years most of my photography has been done in the National Park. Doesn’t matter when you visit, even places I’ve been to before. Light and weather conditions just make for a different photograph every time.

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  5. theresagreen October 18, 2015 / 12:21

    Images capture the atmosphere of the Park beautifully, my favourite also is The Gate.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 20, 2015 / 18:14

      …and so easy to photograph. It’s right beside the main road and there’s convenient parking spot exactly opposite the gate, Theresa

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