Having just returned from North Wales, specifically Anglesey and Snowdonia, I thought I’d share some images from the trip. I’ve always had a deep fondness for the area and have visited it many times over the years, either through my work or in my down time. The scenery is breathtaking, and the views and vistas are constantly changing according to the season.
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[Above:] “Somewhere Near Denbigh”. This was a neat line of Birch trees close to camp on the first night.
[Above:] “Daffodils & Lupins”. I couldn’t blog about Wales without a photograph of the national flower. I love the colours at this time of year – this Easter has been spectacular and one of the most vibrant I can remember.
I’d only ever been across the Menai Straits to Anglesey a couple of times and hadn’t ventured much around the Island, but it is very picturesque and reminds me a great deal of North Cornwall.
[Above:] Mans ability to ruin a beautiful scene never ceases to astonish and outrage me. This ugly charmer is the Wylfa Nuclear Power Station across the bay from Porth Padrig on the north of Anglesey.
[Above:] Whilst at White Lady Bay at Porth Padrig, a thick mist rolled in from the Irish Sea and created some drama and atmosphere all of its own. Suddenly the harsh midday light became diffused and the hideous power plant was thankfully obscured from view.
[Above & Below:] Perched on the very edge of the cliff top, around the corner from White Lady Bay, sits the graveyard belonging to St Patricks Church. The shifting sea mist lent an ethereal glow, creating a very eerie scene.
According to local legend, the 14th Dalai Lama once visited St Patricks church and contemplated that “it must surely be the most peaceful place on earth.”
[Above:] “Original Stile” on the cliff side of the church yard.
[Above:] “Afon Llugwy“. Betws-Y-Coed, in the heart of Snowdonia, was the next destination.
[Above:] Just outside of the little town is the famous Swallow Falls which looks spectacular at any time of year.
[Above:] I’d never seen a Cormorant this far inland, or fishing fresh waters, but this magnificent chap was enjoying the Spring sunshine on the banks of the Afon Llugwy. I suppose a fish is a fish to a seabird!
[Above & Below:] One of my favourite spots in Snowdonia, and a favourite amongst hill-walkers is the area around Tryfan at one end of the Ogwen Valley.
[Above:] Over the years, I’ve climbed Mount Snowdon many times using several routes – including the Pyg Track and the perilous Crib Goch knife-edge ridge. This time, a more leisurely approach was called for, and the Miners Track fitted the bill. This is looking back across Llyn Llydaw towards Moel Siabod in the distance.
[Above:] Still my favourite aspect of Mount Snowdon – viewed from Capel Curig – simply stunning.
[Above:] This place took some finding! The Grey Mares Tail waterfall somewhere between Llanrwst and Trefriw.
[Above:] South West of Betws-Y-Coed is Blaenau Ffestiniog, a town thats completely dominated by the remnants of the slate-mining industry that once ruled this industrial landscape.
[Above:] Finally, the last word goes to the indisputable majesty of Mount Snowdon at dusk.
All images © Harvey Mills 2015
Photographs shot on Nikon D3s and Fuji X-Pro1.
Harvey Mills is an award-winning professional photographer, whose portfolio is as diverse as it is extensive. Although a Winchester photographer he works across the UK and beyond, undertaking a variety of commissions, projects and assignments.