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.


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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Weekly Photo Challenge- Landscape – Connie’s World


19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Landscape

  1. heavenhappens April 8, 2016 / 19:50

    Fabulous photos of a beautiful area. I love the photo of the little river tumbling over rocks and the magnificent light and shade photo but of course they are all great.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 10, 2016 / 10:44

      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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  2. Sandra April 8, 2016 / 23:03

    Mt. Snowden and Snowdonia National Park always look so mystical to me as do your terrific photos. Well done!

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    • Mike Hardisty April 10, 2016 / 10:46

      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


  3. Haylee April 8, 2016 / 23:36

    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 April 10, 2016 / 10:47

      It’s my favourite goto for landscapes Haylee, especially the Ogwen Valley.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 10, 2016 / 10:34

      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.


  4. Sonel April 9, 2016 / 15:35

    It looks like perfect paintings. Stunning captures of this magnificent landscapes Mike. 😀

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    • Mike Hardisty April 10, 2016 / 10:37

      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 April 10, 2016 / 10:43

        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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  5. petspeopleandlife April 10, 2016 / 04:14

    Exceptional photos of a raw and rugged area. Loved seeing this part of Wales. You are getting your exercise for sure.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 10, 2016 / 10:39

      It’s quite a gentle walk up to Cwm Idwal, Yvonne. But I enjoy the area, it’s great for photography

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  6. lisajphotograph April 10, 2016 / 17:48

    Beautiful photographs, I’ve now put the area on my “to do” (or “to walk”) list for this year! We’re in Flintshire so not too far away.

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    • Mike Hardisty April 14, 2016 / 14:08

      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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      • lisajphotograph April 17, 2016 / 10:31

        I missed your message sorry! Yes we try to do our walks during the week as well, surprising how remote you can go and still find a crowd! Beautiful area though so understandable.

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  7. theresagreen April 26, 2016 / 10:41

    Thank you for stunning images of mountains I regularly see the peaks of in the distance but rarely see close up!


  8. Jude May 5, 2016 / 22:35

    These are just beautiful Mike, simply beautiful colouring!


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