In Search of Snow

In Search of Snow.

… well, in search of a suitable subject and viewpoint with snow (hopefully) for the Four Seasons Challenge. I had given this subject a lot of thought, and decided that my favouritest, prettiest and handiest Llyn (lake) would be just the spot(s) for the challenge. As with any plan and endeavour, there are always myriad opportunities to go off on a tangent, and so we got to take loads of photos all around Llyn Padarn.

I know that the smaller subject areas seem to be more suitable to getting the best chances of varied seasons and a winning portfolio – but – I went big last time, and big it is this time.

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My favourite view of Llyn Padarn, and Mt Snowdon when the clouds are absent

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Looking across Llyn Padarn towards Fachwen and Gallt-y-foel

At this point we drove around the lake to a favourite picnic Platz for a coffee break and to see what bird life there was about. Birds were very few, but the delightful sunny day and still air made gorgeous reflections in every direction we looked.

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Reflections on an inlet of the llyn.
Behind the fence is a footpath that with roads and woodland tracks, circumnavigates the llyn.

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A Black-headed Gull

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Llyn Padarn Reflections

We drove away from our picnic platz, but before we got to the main road we spotted more reflections at a mini bay with a pontoon for the canoeists. I got out of the car, just in time to spot a train on the far side of the lake. The Llyn Padarn narrow gauge railway people were running a steam train to a station on the lake, where Santa was in residence for visiting children. The kids got a train ride and a chat with Santa and no doubt a present too.

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Narrow gauge steam train

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The little steam train

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Gorgeous blues at a sister picnic platz

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Reflections at the Pontoon bay.
Ideal for schools and outdoor activity businesses to get their canoeists safely onto the water with a handy parking and picnic area next to it.

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Castell Dolbadarn Castle
The castle sits between two lakes and is accessible by a short walk. Although the sky was bright, the sun was behind the clouds, it wasn’t as impactful as I had hoped. Not to worry, it’s only a twenty minute drive from home, so I we can try again another day.

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Ooops, more reflections with the Snowdon star

We popped into the Slate Museum car park in the shadow of the Llanberris Quarry.

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The Llanberris Quarry

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Finally, one last Reflection pic at the Slate Museum

Was that the end of the trip – almost, but there are no more pics, LoL. We stopped at a car park on the way home and found the missing bird life – lots of goldfinches and chaffinches and siskins among others. A nice way for us to finish the morning potter.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Pete
    Feb 13, 2015 @ 10:54:03

    Nice captures Andy, love the colours on the Llyn inlet picture


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