Snowdonia National Park In All It’s Winter Glory

Well that was the plan. But I hadn’t anticipated two things. One the weather and two “She Who Must Be Obeyed” having Christmas week plans that did not involve photography. So I’ve not been out in the National Park and the weather has been very mild. So no snow, not even a frost to speak of.

Which leaves me with a dilemma. What photographs to include in this weeks post?

Like doctors, photographers work with what is present. I suspect our chief emotions are anticipation, frustration, and patience, balanced by a marvellous sense of elation when things go right–when we think we’ve captured within a photograph some missing feeling, some sense of beauty, or bit of mystery in the fabric of life. – John Loengard

Before “She Who Must Be Obeyed” put the embargo on photography I went back out one more time on the Saturday to try to capture those elusive Waxwings. They were there again, but very flighty. They fly near the Rowan trees with all the berries but just wouldn’t settle. But all was not lost. This beautiful Thrush was having a good time and so was I.


At last it happened. Good light, bit of sunshine and one of the more daring Waxwings settled long enough to get a photograph all from birds in the wild.

I photograph all my birds and animals in the wild, in their natural environment. Some photographers will cut branches from nearby trees and bolt them to a small table. They’ll then put food at the bottom of the branches and sit back, behind a blind, with a long lens, and wait. To me, that may be bird photography, but it isn’t wildlife photography. – David Young

Waxwing with Berries

Meanwhile the Thrush was making regular forays from the trees behind me to hit those berries.

Thrush with Berries

…..and then a real bonus. A Redwing, first time ever seeing one and obviously first time ever photographing one. I know the wings aren’t red, but trust me, I asked a man who knows birds to identify this one for me.


I’m on a roll now and to finish off, another Waxwing, this time with a berry.

Waxwing with Berry in Mouth

That’s it, I wasn’t anticipating getting the Redwing, or the Thrush for that matter, so I’m happy.

Here’s what other blogger are saying about this weeks challenge. These are blogs I’ve visited and liked.

Photograph – Santa Claus – MINDING MY P’S WITH Q
Innocence – DirtRoadWife
And We Wait – Live Younique Photography
Waiting… – Margaret writes about life and everything else
Books, Music, Photography, & Movies WPC- Anticipation
Anvica’s gallery Anticipation
Indira’s Blog Anticipation- Weekly Photo Challenge
Waiting to Hatch- Anticipation – Rebecca Wiseman Portfolio
WPC- Anticipation – Christine’s Blog
Anticipation – Photo Challenge – Ladyleemanila


18 thoughts on “Snowdonia National Park In All It’s Winter Glory

    • Mike Hardisty December 22, 2016 / 18:59

      Oh! I get frustrated with bird photography, very frustrated at time. that’s why I prefer to be in the mountains photographing landscapes


  1. cristina61 December 22, 2016 / 18:47


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    • Mike Hardisty December 22, 2016 / 18:58

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog and I’m glad you liked the photographs


  2. anlapf December 22, 2016 / 21:32

    Awesome picture! It’s so hard to get a propper picture of always moving birds 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 23, 2016 / 14:51

      My lens is not the fastest so I need good light to get a decent picture. Have more throw-aways than keepers but I’m happy with that

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      • anlapf December 24, 2016 / 08:59

        I also have lots of throwaways trying to catch something fast… But then I’m even happier about the ones that worked 😀


  3. Alittlebitoutoffocus December 22, 2016 / 21:43

    Great photos – and well done for listening to SWMBO… I find that’s a good idea at this time of year ! 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty December 23, 2016 / 14:52

      Thanks for the comment about the photographs, it is a good idea, indeed

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  4. Meg December 23, 2016 / 06:56

    Great photos. Really enjoyed all the different birds’ intricate details … better than the naked eye!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 23, 2016 / 14:53

      It’s good when you can get them close enough to photograph….

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    • Mike Hardisty December 23, 2016 / 14:54

      Thank you, I’m glad you liked them


  5. Margie December 23, 2016 / 15:28

    I love the waxwings – such jaunty looking little bandits!

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    • Mike Hardisty December 24, 2016 / 12:14

      Very skittish and nervous though, but they do look like real hoodlums


  6. Inger December 30, 2016 / 14:56

    Beautiful close-up photos, in such a lovely light! 🙂


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