I get to travel to Wales a lot through my involvement with the Duke of Edinburgh scheme and Scouting UK with outdoors expeditions and is a country I have visited a great deal throughout my life but this was a first experience for me joining several other photographers for a long weekend in Snowdonia - The weekend that become known as ‘SnowdoniaTogFest2017’.
However it was far from plan sailing and climbing mountains, our October weekend would collide with Storm Brian but this didn’t stop us from getting out and capturing the forever changing environment and conditions of the Welsh mountains and coasts.
Over the course of the weekend we made our way around several popular spots around the Snowdon massif, Anglesey and Glyderau and those new to North Wales soon found out how amazing the area was. Vast mountain ranges, lakes and waterfalls and with the heavy rain and strong winds was creating new lakes where fields were once and waterfalls falling off the side of hills creating new points of interest that wouldn’t be there good weather.
It is scary to think how much rain had fallen that day and at times what we were doing was stupid if not dangerous, driving along the coastal roads to Penmon Point and through Ogwen Valley or what was Ogwen Valley had now become a torrent of water coming down the main road.
The highlight from the weekend had to be Dinorwic quarry. The steep slate walls, small huts and autumn trees scattered amongst the pathways all with fleeting rays of light shining through the storm clouds above.
For those who visited for the first time only caught a glimpse of this breath taking landscape and even those of us seasoned professionals who visit here regularly, you never have a dull day with new areas to discover and enjoy.
If you are interested in locations where we went over the weekend, here is a list.
Friday: Betws-Y-Coed and Llanberis Lone tree
Saturday: Capel Curig ridge over looking Llynnau Mymbyr, Penmon Point lighthouse and Nant Ffrancon / Ogwen valley
Sunday: Ogwen Valley and Llyn Idwal, Some lay by on the A4086 looking at the Snowdon massif (53,05'19.0"N 3,58'13.6"W), Dinorwig Quarry from Llanberis (53,06'52.3"N 4,06'37.9"W), Dinorwig Quarry walk
Monday: Fairy Glen / Ffos Anoddun