Wales

Stormy skies over Dolbadarn Castle at Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales. The castle was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th Century and is 40 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter, and guarded by walls 8 feet thick. (FujiFilm X Pro 2, Fujinon XF18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS)
Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Stormy skies over Dolbadarn Castle at Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales. The castle was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th Century and is 40 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter, and guarded by walls 8 feet thick. (FujiFilm X Pro 2, Fujinon...

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Welsh Highland Railway 2-6-2 + 2-6-2 Beyer Peacock Garratt steam locomotive No. 138 is seen in the Aberglaslyn Pass near Beddgelert with a Caernarfon to Porthmadog train. An 'impossible' image made possible by making a 30 second exposure for the flowing river, waiting 45 minutes for the train to come for a 1/500 second exposure and then blending the two together later in Adobe Photoshop. I had this image planned for ages and fortunately it all came together with sun on the train as it passed by. The trees on the far riverbank have now grown to such an extent that most of the railway line is now hidden.
Aberglaslyn Pass

Aberglaslyn Pass

Flashback to April 2011 as Welsh Highland Railway 2-6-2 + 2-6-2 Beyer Peacock Garratt steam locomotive No. 138 is seen in the Aberglaslyn Pass near Beddgelert with a Caernarfon to Porthmadog train. An 'impossible' image made possible by making a 30 second exposure...

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The remains of the circa 1912 timber jetty at Trefor on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. Although refurbished in the 1980s there have been various demolition orders since 2005, the most recent in February 2017. (FujiFilm X-Pro2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS)
Trefor Pier Jetty

Trefor Pier Jetty

The remains of the circa 1912 timber jetty at Trefor on the Llyn Peninsular in North Wales. Although refurbished in the 1980s there have been various demolition orders since 2005, the most recent in February 2017. (FujiFilm X-Pro2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM...

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Pilot’s Cottages

Pilot’s Cottages

The row of 4 Pilot’s Cottages on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales. Gale force winds and driving rain made it hard enough to stand up, let alone keep the camera still and the front element of the lens dry. (FujiFilm X-Pro2, Fujinon XF18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM...

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The spectacular amphitheatre of Sgŵd Gwladus (Lady's Falls) where the Afon Pyrddin cascades over sandstone carved by meltwater from the last Ice Age. Foam from the waterfall and fallen autumn leaves create interesting patterns as eddies swirl around the rocks, stones and fallen branches on the river bed.
Sgŵd Gwladus

Sgŵd Gwladus

The spectacular amphitheatre of Sgŵd Gwladus (Lady's Falls) where the Afon Pyrddin cascades over sandstone carved by meltwater from the last Ice Age. Foam from the waterfall and fallen autumn leaves create interesting patterns as eddies swirl around the rocks,...

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A 6x17 format black and white panorama looking over Upper Neuadd Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales. From left to right the peaks are Corn Du (873 m or 2864 feet), Pen y Fan (886 m or 2907 feet), Cribyn (795 m or 2608 feet) and just behind the tree line on the right hand side is the wonderfully named Fan y Big (719 m or 2359 feet).
Upper Neuadd Reservoir

Upper Neuadd Reservoir

A 6x17 format black and white panorama looking over Upper Neuadd Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales. From left to right the peaks are Corn Du (873 m or 2864 feet), Pen y Fan (886 m or 2907 feet), Cribyn (795 m or 2608 feet) and just behind...

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A view over the Usk Valley to Sugar Loaf (Mynydd Pen-y-Fal or Y Fâl) in the Black Mountains, Monmouthshire. Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Sugarloaf is 1,955 feet (596 metres) high.
Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf

A view over the Usk Valley to Sugar Loaf (Mynydd Pen-y-Fal or Y Fâl) in the Black Mountains, Monmouthshire. Situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Sugarloaf is 1,955 feet (596 metres)...

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Sunset over the Cranog Centre at Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK. In the distance tiny remains of snow can be seen on the slopes of Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big.
Llangorse Lake

Llangorse Lake

Sunset over the Cranog Centre at Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales, UK. In the distance tiny remains of snow can be seen on the slopes of Pen y Fan, Cribyn and Fan y Big.

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The Bell-mouth spillway or 'plug hole' at Ponsticill Reservoir on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Image made with shade 10 welding glass on a FujiFilm X-T1 camera and a Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS lens, 1 minute exposure at f11, ISO200.
Pontsticill Reservoir

Pontsticill Reservoir

The Bell-mouth spillway or 'plug hole' at Ponsticill Reservoir on the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. Image made with shade 10 welding glass on a FujiFilm X-T1 camera and a Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS lens, 1 minute exposure at f11,...

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Sgwd y Pannwr (fall of the fuller or fall of the woollen washer) is the lowest of the 3 large waterfalls on the Afon (river) Mellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a fairly easy walk down to this waterfall but the steps back up are rather steep. The alternative path along the edge of the Afon Mellte is currently impassable due to high water levels caused by recent rainfall and snow melting higher up in the Beacons.
Sgwd y Pannwr

Sgwd y Pannwr

Sgwd y Pannwr (fall of the fuller or fall of the woollen washer) is the lowest of the 3 large waterfalls on the Afon (river) Mellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a fairly easy walk down to this waterfall but the steps back up are rather steep. The...

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A solitary figure walks his dogs on Conwy Sands in North Wales. This image was made at the top of Conwy Mountain (Mynydd y Tref) over 200 metres (650 ish feet) above the busy A55 North Wales Expressway near the Penmaen-bach Tunnels.
Conwy Sands

Conwy Sands

A solitary figure walks his dogs on Conwy Sands in North Wales. This image was made at the top of Conwy Mountain (Mynydd y Tref) over 200 metres (650 ish feet) above the busy A55 North Wales Expressway near the Penmaen-bach Tunnels.

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Dawn mist and clouds hang over the River Usk in this autumn view towards Llangattock Mountain (Mynydd Llangatwg) in the Brecon Beacons National Park. This image was actually taken from the accommodation on my recent Brecon Beacons and South Wales Coast PhotoTour, not a bad view to wake up to!
Llangattock Dawn

Llangattock Dawn

Dawn mist and clouds hang over the River Usk in this autumn view towards Llangattock Mountain (Mynydd Llangatwg) in the Brecon Beacons National Park. This image was actually taken from the accommodation on my recent Brecon Beacons and South Wales Coast PhotoTour,...

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Sgwd y Bedol or the Horseshoe Falls on the Nedd Fechan or Little Neath River near Pontneddfechan in the Brecon Beacons National Park, south Wales. The upper part of the three tiered falls, just behind the fallen trees, has a distinct semi-circular shape - hence the name.
Sgwd y Bedol

Sgwd y Bedol

Sgwd y Bedol or the Horseshoe Falls on the Nedd Fechan or Little Neath River near Pontneddfechan in the Brecon Beacons National Park, south Wales. The upper part of the three tiered falls, just behind the fallen trees, has a distinct semi-circular shape - hence the...

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A stormy scene at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales. The hoped for sunset never materialised but I think there are some nice twilight tones all the same.
Stormy Dunraven

Stormy Dunraven

A stormy scene at Dunraven Bay, Southerndown on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, South Wales. The hoped for sunset never materialised but I think there are some nice twilight tones all the same.

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Very much UNintentional camera movement as my tripod sank into the wet sand during the one minute exposure. The location was Point of Ayr beach at Talacre on the North Wales Coast.
Sinking Sands

Sinking Sands

Very much UNintentional camera movement as my tripod sank into the wet sand during the one minute exposure. The location was Point of Ayr beach at Talacre on the North Wales Coast.

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The pair of wooden boat wrecks on the Red River (Afon Goch) estuary at Dulas Bay on the Isle of Anglesey. It is possible to reach the wreck in the distance at low tide but great care is required as the tide comes in very quickly here.
Dulas Bay Wrecks

Dulas Bay Wrecks

The pair of wooden boat wrecks on the Red River (Afon Goch) estuary at Dulas Bay on the Isle of Anglesey. It is possible to reach the wreck in the distance at low tide but great care is required as the tide comes in very quickly...

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An image made in 'waterfall country' near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park last autumn. I watched as the whirlpool gathered in size and momentum and just about had enough time to set up the camera and tripod before it disappeared, one of those fleeting moments when it all comes together.
The Whirlpool

The Whirlpool

An image made in 'waterfall country' near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park last autumn. I watched as the whirlpool gathered in size and momentum and just about had enough time to set up the camera and tripod before it disappeared, one of those...

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St Cwyfan's Church stands on the tidal island of Cribinau near Aberffraw on the Isle of Anglesey. It can only be reached at low tide via the causeway below the boulders in the foreground. Image made with a Canon EOS 6D camera and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AIS Mk1 lens, Lee Filters Big Stopper (that fell out of the holder and smashed on the rocks just after I made this image!) and Lee Filters 0.6 ND Hard Grad.
Church In The Sea

Church In The Sea

St Cwyfan's Church stands on the tidal island of Cribinau near Aberffraw on the Isle of Anglesey. It can only be reached at low tide via the causeway below the boulders in the foreground. Image made with a Canon EOS 6D camera and a Nikon 50mm f1.8 AIS Mk1 lens, Lee...

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A far cry from the normal peaceful images of Dunraven Bay featuring the sandy beach and rock pools. Here an angry storm approaches from the Atlantic forcing even the hardiest surfers to retreat to their camper vans.
Dunraven Bay

Dunraven Bay

A far cry from the normal peaceful images of Dunraven Bay featuring the sandy beach and rock pools. Here an angry storm approaches from the Atlantic forcing even the hardiest surfers to retreat to their camper vans.

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I'm not normally one for naming my images with evocative mystical titles, but when I looked at the EXIF data on this image I noticed that it was made at 18 minutes and 18 seconds past 6 o'clock so I it that! A sunset image made in pouring rain at Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.
18.18.18

18.18.18

I'm not normally one for naming my images with evocative mystical titles, but when I looked at the EXIF data on this image I noticed that it was made at 18 minutes and 18 seconds past 6 o'clock so I it that! A sunset image made in pouring rain at Rhosneigr on the...

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Whiteford (pronounced whitford) Point Lighthouse is situated at the end of Whiteford Point in the Burry Estuary on the Gower Peninsular. Built in 1865 and decommissioned as long ago as 1921 it is the last remaining cast iron wave-swept lighthouse in Britain. Visiting the lighthouse entails a 3 mile walk through Cwm Ivy woods and then the pine woodland and sand dunes of Whiteford Burrows, finally following the tide out over the seemingly endless blue mussel beds that can be seen in the foreground. A totally worthwhile 6 mile round trip though with wild horses roaming the dunes as well as thousands of seabirds including cormorants and many varieties of gulls to be seen. The persistent wind blowing in from the sea made it very difficult to keep the tripod steady but at least it did blow most of the grey cloud cover away. I waited until a bank of cloud was level with the lighthouse gallery and I think it looks as if the long extinguished beam is shining towards nearby Llanelli.
Whiteford Point Lighthouse

Whiteford Point Lighthouse

Whiteford (pronounced whitford) Point Lighthouse is situated at the end of Whiteford Point in the Burry Estuary on the Gower Peninsular. Built in 1865 and decommissioned as long ago as 1921 it is the last remaining cast iron wave-swept lighthouse in Britain....

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Sgwd Gwladus ('Lady's Falls') where the Afon Pyrddin falls 20 feet over a slanting sandstone shelf. Although the autumn colours are late to show this year there were still enough fallen leaves to create some nice swirling patterns beneath the waterfall.
Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus ('Lady's Falls') where the Afon Pyrddin falls 20 feet over a slanting sandstone shelf. Although the autumn colours are late to show this year there were still enough fallen leaves to create some nice swirling  patterns beneath the...

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Cloud descends over Llyn Idwal in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Llyn Idwal sits above the glacial valley of the Nant Ffrancon (Valley of the Beavers) Pass and is surrounded by Y Garn (947 metres), Glyder Fawr (1001 metres), Glyder Fach (994 metres) and Tryfan (917 metres). Unbelievably on such a foul day there were a couple of people swimming just beyond the stone wall!
Llyn Idwal

Llyn Idwal

Cloud descends over Llyn Idwal in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales. Llyn Idwal sits above the glacial valley of the Nant Ffrancon (Valley of the Beavers) Pass and is surrounded by Y Garn (947 metres), Glyder Fawr (1001 metres), Glyder Fach (994 metres)  and...

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The 1636 vintage Inigo Jones Y Bont Fawr (Llanwrst Bridge) over the River Conwy leads to the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) Tearoom. What looks like a tranquil location is actually on a tight corner on the main A470 road in Llanwrst with livestock and timber lorries passing just inches from where my tripod was set up. Now owned by the National Trust, the tearoom building was once used as a Courthouse.
Llanwrst Tearoom

Llanwrst Tearoom

The 1636 vintage Inigo Jones Y Bont Fawr (Llanwrst Bridge) over the River Conwy leads to the Tu Hwnt i’r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) Tearoom. What looks like a tranquil location is actually on a tight corner on the main A470 road in Llanwrst with livestock and timber...

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A new image of sunset at Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey from my recent week in Wales. Although the image is a sunset, in fact a shower was lashing down and the slimy rocks were super slippery! On the horizon to the left is Cerrig-y-Brain and on the right are Cerrig-Y-Gwŷr and Ynys Feirig.
Rhosneigr Sunset

Rhosneigr Sunset

A new image of sunset at Rhosneigr on the Isle of Anglesey from my recent week in Wales. Although the image is a sunset, in fact a shower was lashing down and the slimy rocks were super slippery! On the horizon to the left is Cerrig-y-Brain and on the right are...

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Sgwd Yr Eira (fall of snow) waterfall on the Afon Hepste near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pronounced skoo-deer-ira (screwdriver in English.....) this is the famous waterfall that you can walk under and the cold water was very welcome on a day when the temperature pushed 30 degrees centigrade.
Sgwd Yr Eira

Sgwd Yr Eira

Sgwd Yr Eira (fall of snow) waterfall on the Afon Hepste near Ystradfellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park. Pronounced skoo-deer-ira (screwdriver in English.....) this is the famous waterfall that you can walk under and the cold water was very welcome on a day...

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Garreg-Ddu Viaduct, in the Elan Valley, is actually a submerged dam controlling the water supply to Foel Tower which in turn supplies water to Frankley reservoir near Birmingham via a 73 mile long gravity fed aqueduct.
Garreg-Ddu Viaduct

Garreg-Ddu Viaduct

Garreg-Ddu Viaduct, in the Elan Valley, is actually a submerged dam controlling the water supply to Foel Tower which in turn supplies water to Frankley reservoir near Birmingham via a 73 mile long gravity fed aqueduct.

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On the hottest day of the year so far there is still enough water in the River Hepste to cascade over the nearby Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfall and hurry over the rocks to join the River Mellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park.
Afon Hepste

Afon Hepste

On the hottest day of the year so far there is still enough water in the River Hepste to cascade over the nearby Sgwd-yr-Eira waterfall and hurry over the rocks to join the River Mellte in the Brecon Beacons National Park.

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The waterfall at Ciloerwynt in the Elan Valley. Signs at this location warn of slippery rocks and that 3 fatalities have occurred here. Difficult to convey in an image just how ferocious the flow of water was.
Ciloerwynt Falls

Ciloerwynt Falls

The waterfall at Ciloerwynt in the Elan Valley. Signs at this location warn of slippery rocks and that 3 fatalities have occurred here. Difficult to convey in an image just how ferocious the flow of water was.

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Trwyn Du Lighthouse and Puffin Island at Penmon Point bisected by a rainbow. The lighthouse bears the legend 'No Passage Landward' and also features a 178 kilogram fog bell that sounds once every thirty seconds.
Trwyn Du Lighthouse

Trwyn Du Lighthouse

Trwyn Du Lighthouse and Puffin Island at Penmon Point bisected by a rainbow. The lighthouse bears the legend 'No Passage Landward' and also features a 178 kilogram fog bell that sounds once every thirty seconds.

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View from Penmon Point looking over the Menai Strait to Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan. The rocks in the foreground were probably the most slippery I have encountered!
Penmon Point

Penmon Point

View from Penmon Point looking over the Menai Strait to Penmaenmawr and Llanfairfechan. The rocks in the foreground were probably the most slippery I have encountered!

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An almost perfect reflection of Point of Ayr Lighthouse on Talacre Beach. Built in 1777 it is Wales' oldest lighthouse and is said to be haunted, many people having reported seeing the ghost of a lighthouse keeper. A life size steel figure 'The Keeper' now resides on the catwalk allegedly to ward off evil spirits!
Talacre Lighthouse

Talacre Lighthouse

An almost perfect reflection of Point of Ayr Lighthouse on Talacre Beach. Built in 1777 it is Wales' oldest lighthouse and is said to be haunted, many people having reported seeing the ghost of a lighthouse keeper. A life size steel figure 'The Keeper' now resides...

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A view over the bridge built on top of the dam that seperates Garreg-Ddu and Caban Coch reservoirs in the Elan Valley, Powys, Mid Wales. Built between 1893 and 1904 the reservoirs run to Frankley near Birmingham via the 73 mile long Elan aqueduct, down which the water travels at less than 2 miles per hour, taking one and a half days to get to Birmingham.
Garreg-Ddu

Garreg-Ddu

A view over the bridge built on top of the dam that seperates Garreg-Ddu and Caban Coch reservoirs in the Elan Valley, Powys, Mid Wales.  Built between 1893 and 1904 the reservoirs run to Frankley near Birmingham via the 73 mile long Elan aqueduct, down which the...

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Dolbadarn Castle stands above Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales. The castle was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th Century and is 40 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter, and guarded by walls 8 feet thick.
Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle

Dolbadarn Castle stands above Llyn Padarn in Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales.  The castle was built by Llywelyn ap Iorwerth in the 13th Century and is 40 feet tall and 40 feet in diameter, and guarded by walls 8 feet thick.

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