Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape


Being mainly a landscape photographer I really applaud the choice for this weeks challenge. And to celebrate I went out and photographed some fresh landscapes from one of my favourite areas in the Snowdonia National Park: the Ogwen Valley and Cwm Idwal. Easy to get to, a well constructed path leads up from the car park at the side of a main road to the shore of the Idwal lake. Along the way you get some spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Like the photograph below showing Tryfan which forms part of the Glyderau group. Although not the highest mountain in Wales by any means, it is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain,  but at 917.5 m (3,010 ft) above sea level it is only the fifteenth highest mountain in Wales.

Tryfan

Now Pen yr Ole Wen, on the opposite side of the Ogwen Valley to Tryfan, is the seventh highest mountain in Snowdonia and Wales and forms part of the Carneddau range.

Pen yr Olwen

Down in the Ogwen Valley lies Llyn Ogwen which lies at a height of about 310 metres above sea level. Llyn Ogwen is a very shallow lake, with a maximum depth of only a little over 3 metres. In the photograph below yu can see Llyn Ogwen, Tryfan to your right, Pen yr Ole Wen to your left and the path coming up from the car park. It’s a popular walk and probably one of the easiest in Snowdonia. Even on a weekday you can see quite a few people are heading up to Cwm Idwal which is behind me.

Cwm Idwal Path

Cwm Idwal is a valley in the Glyderau range of mountains in northern Snowdonia, within the valley lies a small lake called Llyn Idwal. That lake drains down to the Afon Ogwen by a small river which tumbles over rocks all the way to the base of the Ogwen Valley

Iron Bridge.tif

Other small tributaries come down from the mountains but eventually they all end up at the Afon Ogwen.

Mountain Stream

All the while I was up at Cwm Idwal, the light kept changing as did the weather. A little bit of sleet, some hail, sunny patches, but hey, this is Snowdonia and we are in the mountains. But look at the light. Some great patches of light and shade, constantly changing, what more could I ask for.

Ogwen Valley

That  wraps it up for this week and as usual here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge.

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Rebecca Gillum Photography I Love Rainstorms
Beyond the Brush Photography Dalveen Pass
Weekly Photo Challenge- Landscape – Connie’s World

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19 comments

    • Mike Hardisty

      Last minute decision to photograph that river. I had stopped to let someone pass me on the pathway and just decided that the river would look good. Thank you for taking the time to comment.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      When I moved to North Wales Sandra, I didn’t realise just how close I was going to be to Snowdonia. I never tire of photographing here, no matter what the weather or season

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  1. Haylee

    Thanks so much for the mention! Your images are fantastic, love the muted colour tones. Snowdonia will always be special to me, having spent great holidays there as a child.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      Thank you Connie. The Ogwen Valley is one of my favourite places, no matter what season of the year. I’ve been up there when there is a foot of snow on the ground taking photographs.

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    • Mike Hardisty

      No matter how many time I visit the Ogwen valley I always find something new to photograph, Sophia. Sometimes it’s the same subject but just that the light is different or maybe snow on the ground.

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      • Sonel

        That is just so awesome Mike. It’s such a beautiful place to visit and if I lived there, I would enjoy it just as much. 😀

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    • Mike Hardisty

      WordPress did it’s usual trick of not letting me know when a comment is awaiting moderation. Snowdonia is my favourite area, especially the Ogwen valley. You will enjoy it. Some advice. weekends are always busy, especially if you are trying to park, it’s better if you can get there during the week.

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