It’s Now Tuesday……

All is quiet in our household. Photography has taken a bit of a back seat as the weather, once again, has not been conducive (that’s a big word for Monday morning) to getting out with the camera. By this time last year I had made eight photography trips out into the National Park and yet, this year I have done just one and that was none too successful. Even outside of the National Park I have been very limited in travel for photography. Maybe it’s just me, perhaps I’m slowing down or just getting bored with photography. Even now as I’m looking out of the office window I can see nothing but grey skies, that’s no incentive to pick up the camera and go out and shoot something.

What is a good photograph? I cannot say. A photograph is tied to the time, what is good today may be a cliché tomorrow. The problem of the photographer is to discover his own language, a visual ABC. The picture represents the feelings and point of view of the intelligence behind the camera. This disease of our age is boredom and a good photographer must combat it. The way to do this is by invention – by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me. The best way to achieve surprise quality is by avoiding clichés. Imitation is the greatest danger of the young photographer. – Alexey Brodovitch

Like last weeks challenge, which I missed, this weeks, just does not excite me. Usually in my mind’s eye I have a good idea what photographs I’m going to use but I’m sitting here at the moment with a sort of blank in my mind.

It’s now Tuesday morning, I had writers block yesterday. Last night the Met Office issued a severe weather warning for the whole of the UK. However in my opinion, severe is relative. Leaves fall on the track, trains stop running, heavy rain, schools close. There’s severe and severe. But saying that, I’m sitting in my office looking out at blanket of snow which is still falling, so maybe they were right.

OK I’ve prattled (another big word) on enough, let’s get some photographs….

The Road To Snowdonia

My favourite road leading to the Llanberis Pass with a view of the Snowdon Triangle. I’ve lost count of the number of times I have stopped somewhere along this road just to take in the beauty of the National Park.

Meanwhile in the Ogwen Valley the Afon Ogwen tumbles over rocks on it way to Nan Ffrancon and the sea.

Ogwen Valley

One of the things I like about the National Park is that you can find little waterfalls in places you’d least expect them. Always fun to photograph and if the light falls right what more could you as for as a photographer.


Well that’s for this week. I hope you enjoyed the photographs. Yes it’s still snowing but I suspect that as we live very close to the coast that soon it will start melting again. Too much salt in the air.

24 thoughts on “It’s Now Tuesday……

  1. Terrific photographs. I had the same problem as you a few weeks ago and continual grey skies weren’t conducive to taking photographs. Somewhat more of a problem where we are at the moment (Northamptonshire) Pretty enough but not the drama that you have on your doorstep.

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  2. Photographs of two of my favourite views and a waterfall, I love them all. Great photographs, keep up the good work Mike. Like you I have not been out much this year, partly the weather but a dodgy knee has not helped either.

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  3. I loved the quote from Alexey Brodovitch, and so agree. I kind of chuckled when you said you were “not in the mood” with the weather and grey skies, because that first photo of the Snowdon Triangle is breathtaking. You see for me the softness and snowy photos are beautiful since so many of my views are arid. (even though I love them). Keep on Mike. Maybe a trip back to the west is in order. Enjoy the rest of your week.

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  4. And I thought I was the only one to be short a few shots for the photo challenge. I know crappy weather is not the best incentive to getting oneself out and into to it. But what pulls me out is the light. The subtleties it can present are unending. I am in Puerto Vallarta Mexico for two months enjoying all it’s sunny clime can offer. Don’t get me wrong, I am not complaining, but a cloudy day would be an inviting change. Just saying. Nevertheless, loved your shots. Cheers.

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  5. Photo number one of Snowden is so beautiful. I really have no words for the pic. It is eye catching and memorable as I can still see it in my mind’s eye. In the dead of winter the snow capped mountain stands as a giant against the blue-gray sky and surrounding scenery. This one is excellent. I think I can tell from the pic when you find a scene that is impressive.

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    1. I love that area and the road, Yvonne. What you don’t see is to the left of where I’m standing is a lake that often is flat calm and so sometimes you can get amazing reflections in the water

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    1. There are three national parks in Wales Arv. Snowdonia in the north, Brecon in the south and the Pembrokeshire coast. The Snowdonia National Park where I go is 838 square miles in size. It’s famous for it’s mountains, waterfalls and lakes. Generally they are not closed in winter, although in severe weather conditions roads may get blocked. But usually, the main roads through the park will be cleared pretty quickly.

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      1. I think I have heard about the first one but I was not aware that there are NP in Wales. Thanks for the info, Mike! I love visiting such places. It’s a perfect place to detox from the stressful life!


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