A lone tree on the side of a hill near Llyn y Dywarchen

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Cherry On Top

I suppose that “Cherry On Top” moment for me was when I realised how beautiful the Snowdonia National Park was and the amazing photo opportunities I could have there. Having moved from Somerset it was nearly a year before I first ventured into Snowdonia.

Ogwen Valley

This was the first photograph I ever took in the National Park on a cold winters day, late in the afternoon. I’ve lost count of the number of photography trips I’ve made to this and the surrounding areas but it never ceases to inspire me.

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52 in 2015 Week 16 Contrast

This week we were asked to show a photograph which displayed Contrast. Such an open subject but as usual the guidelines are “pretty clear” what is expected. It can be any form of contrast, colour, light, shadow, texture and this is the bit I like, any creative way I see fit. Now that’s an open subject if ever there was one. But undaunted i set off on Saturday to capture my Contrast photographs.

52 in 2015 Week 16 Contrast

Lot’s of contrasts in this one. Blue and yellow, or how the lively bloom of the daffodils and the almost lifeless tree. can you think of any other contrasts in this picture?

My second photograph may not be obvious what the contrast is but this is where the being creative comes in.

52 in 2015 Week 16 Contrast

When I was walking around Birkenhead Park it sort of struck me how odd this scene looked. First of all you have the old boathouse, built about 1847 and in contrast you have modern man doing an ancient task with all the modern accoutrements. Warm flask, nice easy lightweight collapsible chair, carbon fibre rod. Well they did say I could be creative.

You might not know this but in 1850, American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted arrived by ship in Liverpool. The town of Birkenhead is just across the river from Liverpool and it is known that Olmstead visited Birkenhead Park during his stay in England, probably using the Mersey Ferry to get across the river.Olmstead noted Birkenhead was “a model town” which was built “all in accordance with the advanced science, taste, and enterprising spirit that are supposed to distinguish the nineteenth century”. Now here’s the good part. In 1858, Olmstead and Calvert Vaux won the competition to design a new park for the rapidly growing city of New York.  I wonder if Olmstead took inspiration from his visit to Birkenhead Park?

Lone tree

High on the bleak Denbigh moors lies Llyn Aled, a deep, weed-free natural lake of about 110 acres.The lake is also the source of a river of the same name. At 1,250 feet above sea level it’s usually windy and cool here even when the nearby coastal resorts are sweltering in a heat wave. Almost completely treeless for miles around, the shoreline is mostly natural mountain grassland.

On the way home from St. John’s we detoured off to visit Llyn Aled. The lakes isn’t that photogenic but the beautiful open countryside, with a lone tree silhouetted against the sky is. Actually there was another tree just off camera, but two trees didn’t look as good as this single one.

52/2013 Week 9

Memo to self. “Never run an anti-virus scan when you are trying to import and process just over 500 photographs and at the same time write this article”  The AV program is supposed to run in the background but it’s crunching my hard drive constantly and everything is slow, slow, really slow.

Yesterday I was out with another great photographer, Adrian Evans, to photograph the National Slate Museum at Llanberis, North Wales. With an early start and a beautiful sunny day beckoning we were looking forward to a great days photography.

Llanberis lies along the side of Llyn Padern and driving down the road to the museum we could see that the lake was flat calm, almost mirror-like. It was just too good an opportunity to miss. So first stop the lake….two hours later we still hadn’t reached the slate museum. There was just too much to photograph along the sides of the lake.

52/2013 Week 9

As we were thinking of packing up and heading to the museum I managed to capture these canoeists practicing before heading under the bridge into the main lake and that’s this weeks photo entry on Flickr.

As for the museum we did get there in the afternoon but all too soon it had come round to 4pm and the staff were asking us to leave.

If you are thinking of visiting the museum it costs £4 to park, seems pricey, but entrance to the museum is free and trust me you could spend all day there. If you are a photographer take a tripod, they are allowed but be careful in “The Chief Engineers House”, there’s not a lot of room and if it’s busy they might object. We were lucky, in winter the museum does not get as many visitors so we could wander round taking our time to get those all important photographs.


52/2013 Week 7

Week 7 already and as I’ve got a busy schedule I thought I’d get this one in early.

The Marine Lake in Rhyl is a man-made reservoir next to the mouth of the River Clwyd, and was officially opened in 1895. Situated in the west of the town, the lake is approximately 12 hectares in size, and is managed by Denbighshire County Council. In pas times the lake was a busy tourist destination, with fairground rides and a zoo, nearby. Rhyl Miniature Railway is the only original attraction remaining on the site, a narrow gauge railway that travels around the lake and is now based at the new museum and railway centre. The railway has been running round the lakes since 1911.

Nowadays the lake is mainly used for a range of water sports and recreational activities.

52/2013 Week 7

Marine Lake is connected to the sea via a sluice gate and can take water from the harbour at certain high tides. In the centre of the lake there is an island which has been noted as a significant roosting site for wild birds.

Right, that’s it for me this week. I’m off to continue reading “The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest”, the third and final book in the excellent Millennium series by Stieg Larsson. One of the great things for me is that I recognise many of the places and districts that are mentioned in the book because our company headquarters were in Stockholm.