November Photos 2019

Having managed to miss Autumn with bad weather and lack of motivation to find new photo locations, here are a some of the Digital Art edits I have been doing to keep busy in the dark cold evenings.

Old path leading through the kissing gate to Dolbadarn Castle stands on a rocky hill some eighty feet above Llyn Padarn and Llyn Peris in the Llanberis Pass between Caernarfon and Snowdonia North Wales, UK. The 13th century Castle is listed as a World Heritage Site.
Amlwch Port is located on the northern coastline of Anglesey North Wales. Today the harbour is used for leisure craft and a small fishing industry that includes fishing trips and lobster and crab fishing in the Irish Sea. There is little sign that in the 1800’s Amlwch Port was the world’s most important exporter of copper. Amlwch lighthouse tower situated on the outer pier was erected in 1853
Lake Ogwen, Snowdonia North Wales, UK. The lake is surrounded by high mountains, including Pen yr Ole Wen and Tryfan, considered to be one of the finest mountains in Wales.
Winter at Padarn lake looking towards Dolbadarn Castle and beyond to Snowdon north Wales, UK
A quaint Welsh cafe – tea room
Llangollen Canal is one of the most popular canals for holidaymakers in Britain
The abandoned Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse, is a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, on the Point of Ayr, near the village of Talacre. north Wales, UK
Crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The acronym INRI (Latin: Iēsus Nazarēnus, Rēx Iūdaeōrum) represents the Latin inscription which in English reads as Jesus the Nazarene, King of the Jews.
sunlight through the ancient chapel window illuminating the old Bible and Celtic cross
St Cwyfan is known as the Church in the Sea. It is to be found on a small tidal island called Cribinau located off the west coast of Anglesey and close to the village of Aberffraw. Also known as Llangwyfan the church can be reached on foot at low tide. The present building is said to date back to the 12th or 13th Century
Buddhist Temple in Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand
Cloaked in shades of red, gold and green the Virginia Creeper covering the most photographed tea room in Britain. Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tearoom a quaint 15th century cottage changes as Autumn approaches Llanrwst, North Wales, UK
Pont Fawr a narrow three-arch stone bridge, It is said to have been designed by Inigo Jones and it was built in 1636 by Sir John Wynn of Gwydir Castle. Originally built to carry horses and carts.
The worlds first Iron Bridge built over the river Severn in 1779. Built to a design by architect Thomas Farnolls Pritchard and cast at the Coalbrookdale ironworks of Abraham Darby III The site was designated ‘World Heritage’ by UNESCO in 1986, in recognition of its major role in the birth of the industrial revolution in the early 18th century. Ironbridge, Shropshire, England.
Alwen Reservoir or Cronfa Alwen is a 5km long reservoir near Pentre-Llyn-Cymmer in the county borough of Conwy, North Wales, UK 27 metre high Dam. The reservoir and dam were constructed between 1909 and 1921, the dam is a gravity-arch masonry dam.
Rhos quarry barrack ruins Capel Curig. Snowdonia National Park. North Wales. UK. Slate was quarried here until the early 1950’s
Autumnal colours in a wonderful garden
The abandoned Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse, is a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, on the Point of Ayr, near the village of Talacre. north Wales
1979 the former Sealink passenger ferry The Duke of Lancaster was beached on the banks of the River Dee near Mostyn in North Wales. Until it was converted into a car ferry, this was one of the finest vessels afloat. The first class quarters in the late fifties and early sixties were the best around, silver service restaurants, state rooms and luxurious cabins.

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October Photos 2019

Some of my recent photos and edits, hope you like them; let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite.

Autumn has just arrived in north Wales, hopefully I will get chance in a few weeks to capture some stronger autumnal images than the recent ones.

Cloaked in shades of red, gold and green the Virginia Creeper covering the most photographed tea room in Britain.Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tearoom
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Virginia Creeper covering the most photographed tea room in Britain.Tu Hwnt i’r Bont tearoom a quaint 15th century cottage on the west bank of the River Conwy in Llanrwst,
Pont Fawr a narrow three-arch stone bridge, It is said to have been designed by Inigo Jones and it was built in 1636 by Sir John Wynn of Gwydir Castle. The bridge connects the Llanrwst town with Gwydir, a manor house dating from 1492, Originally built to carry horses and carts. Autumn at Llanrwst north Wales UK
Bod Bach or Cors Bodgynydd reservoir near Llyn Bodgynydd in the Gwydir Forest in North Wales, UK
The Mymbyr lakes are located in a very beautiful spot on the outskirts of Capel Curig, north Wales, UK. Blessed with one of the best views in Snowdonia – that being the dramatic Snowdon horseshoe.
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, It is located in Snowdonia National Park and has been described as probably the busiest mountain in Britain. On the right the merging paths of The Pyg Track and Miners Track . north Wales UK
Llyn Teyrn sits on the popular miners path up to Mount Snowdon in the Snowdonia National Park, north Wales UK
Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales located in Snowdonia National Park and has been described as probably the busiest mountain in Britain. The busy path leads down to the merging paths of The Pyg Track and Miners Track above lake Glaslyn. north Wales, UK, panorama
Rapids at Cwm Idwal, a very popular attraction for visitors interested in walking, climbing, fishing and geology, Snowdonia north Wales UK
The Snowdon Mountain Railway is a narrow gauge rack and pinion mountain railway in Gwynedd, north-west Wales. It is a tourist railway that travels for 4.7 miles from Llanberis to the summit of Snowdon, the highest peak in England and Wales
Tryfan mountain forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags. At 917.5 m above sea level it is the fifteenth highest mountain in Wales.
Tryfan mountain in the Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, north Wales.
Rhyl beach Sunset looking towards Llandudno north Wales UK
Rhyl beach Sunset looking towards Llandudno north Wales UK
Rhyl beach Sunset looking towards Llandudno north Wales UK

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Rhyl Airshow 2019

Rhyl Airshow an action-packed, fun-filled two-day event 24th & 25th August 2019. The show, which attracts thousands of spectators each year, celebrates its 11th successful year

The airshow was delayed a few hours due to unexpected sea fog which affected visibility levels on the second day

Rhyl Airshow 2019 Sea Fog Day 2
Sea Fog

Some of the displays – Silver Stars Parachute Display Team, Autogyro Calidus, Silver Stars Parachute Display Team, Bulldog, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane, T-67 Firefly, Tucano, Team Raven, Strikemaster Jet Powered aircraft, Extra 260 Aerobatic Display, Typhoon

Silver Stars Parachute Display Team
Autogyro Calidus
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber
Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire & Hurricane
Team Raven
Team Raven
Strikemaster Jet Powered aircraft
RAF Typhoon Top speed of around Mach 2 (1,550 mph)
RAF Typhoon
RAF Typhoon

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August Photos 2019

Some of my recent photos and edits, a mixed bunch as I get bored editing similar photos one after another, hope you like them; let me know in the comments below if you have a favourite.

Winter rapids at sunset Snowdonia National Park, north Wales, UK
The Afon [River] Nant Peris in the Nant Peris Pass between the Glyders and Snowdon mountain ranges above Llanberis. Snowdonia north Wales UK
A small mountain stream leading into Ogwen lake at the foot of Tryfan mountain, Snowdonia, north Wales, UK
The Snowdon Horseshoe from Llynnau Mymbyr. The Mymbyr lakes are located in a very beautiful spot on the outskirts of Capel Curig, north Wales, UK. Blessed with one of the best views in Snowdonia – that being the dramatic Snowdon horseshoe.
Mymbyr lake located in a very beautiful spot on the outskirts of Capel Curig, north Wales, UK. With one of the best views of Snowdonia
Winter at Padarn lake, a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, looking towards mount Snowdon and dolbadarn castle, llanberis, Gwynedd, north Wales, UK.
close up of rain on a garden rose
Peace rose, formally Rosa Madame A. Meillan’, is a well-known and successful garden rose. The cultivar has large flowers of a light yellow to cream color, slightly flushed at the petal edges with crimson-pink.
Sempervivum is a genus of about 40 species of flowering plants in the Crassulaceae family, commonly known as houseleeks. Other common names include liveforever and hen and chicks. They are succulent perennials forming mats composed of tufted leaves in rosettes.
At the time this piece was created, watch movements and cases were sold separately. A watchmaker would craft each timepiece by hand, and then wholesale his movements to jewellers, who might either fit the piece in a particular case, or, allow the customer to choose a case and watch separately. This custom has resulted in many watches which bear the name of one person or maker on the movement and a different one on the case or face of the watch. The movement of this watch is a fusee, a rare type of movement that runs not just on coiled springs, but also employs a grooved cone wound with a tiny chain, which coils around another post in a pulley system. Inspired by the winches and counter balances of the rigging of sailing ships, this method was used to refine the timekeeping of the movement by regulating the speed at which the mainspring unwinds. This movement is inscribed with the watchmakers name, Char Davidson, and home city: London. Research could provide no watchmakers registered in London around this time with the name of Davidson, however, a Charles Davidson, watchmaker was operating at this time near Dundee, Scotland. It cannot be proved, but it’s believed that this watch was made in Scotland, but inscribed with the city of sale – London – instead of the city of manufacture – Dundee. There are several reasons that this might have been done, but the most likely is simply to fetch a higher price for a piece marked with the cosmopolitan city ‘London’! This watch, like all fusee movements, is a key wind. Dates back to around 1793

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July Photos

Some photos from the last few weeks, managed to get a day out in Snowdonia. The day started off grey and overcase to bright blue skies, which is always a challenge, but as I was on my own there was no rush or plan.

Recently bought a macro lens Tamron 90mm, as i spend a lot of time at home looking after my Dad it seemed a worth while investment especially with all the flowers blossoming in the garden.

The lone tree at Padarn lake, the lake is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, looking towards mount Snowdon and Dolbadarn castle, Llanberis, Gwynedd, north Wales, UK
Biker traveling on a winding Mountain roads Snowdonia north Wales UK
Winding Road to Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and England. The charismatic, pink flower spikes of Foxgloves are famous as both a reminder of the hazy days of summer and of their deadly poisonous nature. Digitalis purpurea
View to Tryfan mountains east face in Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen Valley, Conwy, North Wales, UK
The old roman road with views to Tryfan east face and pen yr ole wen mountains, Snowdonia National Park, Ogwen Valley, Conwy, North Wales, UK
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Lake Ogwen Boat house The lake is surrounded by high mountains, including Pen yr Ole Wen and Tryfan mountain in the Ogwen Valley, It forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Snowdonia, North Wales, UK.
rescued this poor little Bat stuck on a fence, so glad i went out
close-up macro of a water droplet refraction image using a small flower
another close-up macro of a water droplet refraction image using a small flower
Geranium robertianum, commonly known as herb-Robert, red robin, death come quickly, storksbill, fox geranium, stinking Bob, squinter-pip, crow’s foot, or Roberts geranium, is a common species of cranesbill native to Europe and parts of Asia, North America, and North Africa.
Clematis is a genus of about 300 species within the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. painterly macro
Many of the of hoverflies have ornate body patterns, often of black and yellow, to mimic wasps and bees but are harmless
The charismatic, pink flower spikes of Foxgloves are famous as both a reminder of the hazy days of summer and of their deadly poisonous nature. Digitalis purpurea while very beautiful with its trumpet like blossoms, are very poisonous to dogs, cats, and even humans! Foxglove contains naturally-occurring poisons that affect the heart, specifically cardenolides or bufadienolides. These poisons are called cardiac glycoside toxins, and they interfere directly with electrolyte balance within the heart muscle. The Latin name, Digitalis, means ‘finger-like’ and refers to the tubular flowers of the Foxglove. It is also the name of the drug that comes from the toxins of Foxgloves and is prescribed for heart conditions.

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June Photos Snowdonia

My first day out in over 6 months the weather forecast had showed my chosen day as being the best for the upcoming week.

Where I live on the coast was lovely when I woke and I was excited to be getting out after so long, I even watched a few YouTube refresher videos on using my camera.

It’s nearly a 1 hour drive to the mountains of Snowdonia and the weather had changed dramatically on arrival, most of the day was thick clouds, rain and wind not the ideal weather for a photography day out in the mountains especially when I like to get foreground, middle and distance compositions.

I decided it was pointless being depressed sitting in the car so braved the elements with my 10 stop filter fitted to the camera to try and get some drama.

Here are a few that I managed.

rain clouds and long exposure at Llyn y dywarchen fishing lake and boats, Snowdonoa north Wales, UK
Gwynant Lake one of the most dramatic and beautiful valleys in Wales. Its northern slopes rise to the summit of Wales highest mountain Snowdon and to the south lies the relatively undisturbed hills of Moel y Dyniewyd and the Moelwynion range.
Old Boats on Lake Padarn near Pont Pen-y-Llyn bridge north Wales, UK
Pont Pen y Llyn bridge was built in 1826 to connect the Fachwen slate quarry to the main road from Caernarfon to Llanberis. It has four arches and crosses the river Rhythallt, the outlet of Padarn lake. Pen y Llyn means “end of the lake”. The lake is a glacially formed lake in Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales, UK
something growing in Wales, UK

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Latest Photo Edits

I have been struggling for motivation for my Blog and other online sites for quite awhile, I apologies to any followers and friends, but rest assured to do still check and follow other peoples blogs.

Without further ado here are a few photos i have been working on recently.

The snow covered mountains of Cwm Idwal, a very popular attraction for visitors interested in walking, climbing, fishing and geology. Llyn Idwal is a small lake that lies within Cwm Idwal in the Glyderau mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales UK. Panorama best veiwed Large
Geirionydd lake lies in a valley near Capel Curig and Betws y Coed, North Wales UK, where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres
Morning Fire on Llyn Nantlle Uchaf with moored boats. A lake in the Nantlle Valley, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, north Wales. UK Snowdon stands in the centre distance
Llanddwyn Island is situated near the southern entrance to the Menai Strait – a stretch of water than runs between the west coast of Wales and Angelsey, UK. As a result it became an an important route for shipping of slate from the ports of Bangor, Caernarfon and Felinhelli. Originally a beacon (Twr Bach) was built at the tip of the island to provide guidance to ships heading for the Strait but later, in 1845, another more effective lighthouse, Twr Mawr, was added – which was modelled on the windmills of Anglesey.
The Point of Ayr lighthouse has stood on Talacre Beach since 1776, abandoned since 1840, it has gone through numerous cycles of disrepair and refurbishment, with the latest reconstruction in 1994
The lighthouse at Penmon Point was built after the tragic disaster of the steam ship Rothesay Castle in 1831. When a day trip from Liverpool turned to tragedy with the loss of passengers and crew, it was decided that a lighthouse and accompanying Lifeboat Station was needed. The lighthouse watches over the treacherous waters between Penmon Point and Puffin Island, south east Anglesey, Wales, UK
1979 the former Sealink passenger ferry The Duke of Lancaster was beached on the banks of the River Dee near Mostyn in North Wales. Until it was converted into a car ferry, this was one of the finest vessels afloat. The first class quarters in the late fifties and early sixties were the best around, silver service restaurants, state rooms and luxurious cabins.
The old mill at Autumn
Tu Hwnt i’r Bont is a traditional Welsh Tea Room set in beautiful Llanrwst, North Wales, UK
Watching the storm approaching from the gate overlooking Nant Gwynant, one of the most dramatic and beautiful valleys in Wales. Its northern slopes rise to the summit of Wales highest mountain Snowdon and to the south lies the relatively undisturbed hills of Moel y Dyniewyd and the Moelwynion range.
trees in a field of daffodils spring time Sunset Wales UK
The Weir at the end of Ogwen Lake, Snowdonia with Tryfan mountain in the background, North Wales, UK.
Tryfan mountain forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags. At 917.5 m above sea level it is the fifteenth highest mountain in Wales. Top of Tryfan looks like a face looking up, with the mouth on the left then the nose and eyebrows. Snowdonia National Park, north Wales, UK
Tryfan mountain forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognisable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags. At 917.5 m above sea level it is the fifteenth highest mountain in Snowdonia Wales, UK
Long exposure swirls at Fairy Glen, a secluded gorge and beauty spot on the Conwy River, Snowdonia, north Wales, UK
The road to Snowdon the highest mountain in Wales and England.
St Cwyfan is known as the Church in the Sea. It is to be found on a small tidal island called Cribinau located off the west coast of Anglesey and close to the village of Aberffraw. Also known as Llangwyfan the church can be reached on foot at low tide. The present building is said to date back to the 12th or 13th Century
The abandoned Point of Ayr Lighthouse, also known as the Talacre Lighthouse, is a grade II listed building situated on the north coast of Wales, on the Point of Ayr, near the village of Talacre. north Wales, UK
The distinctive bottle-shaped chimneys of the bottle oven. The kilns in which the china was fired. The outer wall of the bottle oven acts as a chimney. It is known as the ‘hovel’ and gives the oven its distinctive bottle shape. Inside the hovel is the kiln proper. The china would be placed in fire-clay boxes known as ‘saggars’ to be fired in the kiln. A kiln could contain up to 2,000 saggars. This kiln was a biscuit kiln, used to give the china its first firing. Coalport, Shropshire, England
Autumn resting place with the acers turning red



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February Photos

Been a long while since I posted, mainly because the weekly photo challenge I used to enter closed and I’ve been lacking in motivation plus I have not taken any photos this year.

Here are a selction of my latest edits.

Rhoscolyn lies in the south western corner of Holy Island, Anglesey, Wales, looking out into the Irish Sea. The defining feature of the landscape here is the dramatic, rocky coastline were there are numerous inlets and coves. Anglesey is an important study area for some of the most ancient rocks on our planet and Rhoscolyn is one of the island’s finest geological locations. It offers a spectacular display of complex, folded rocks which were old long before the mountains of Snowdonia even existed. Anglesey has long been, and continues to be, the focus of much interest, world-wide, by research scientists and students alike.
Sunset seascape llyn peninsula north Wales UK
Llanddwyn Island off the west coast of Anglesey, North Wales. The island forms part of the National Nature Reserve of Newborough Warren. The lighthouse Twr Mawr marks the western entrance to the Menai Strait.
Sunset at the abandoned Lighthouse at Point of Ayre, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK
Sunset at the abandoned Lighthouse at Point of Ayr, Talacre Beach, Flintshire, North Wales, UK.
Conwy Castle dominates the mouth of the River Conwy and the medieval walled town of Conwy in North Wales, UK The castle was built on the orders of King Edward I of England and construction began in 1283 under the direction of Edwards chief architect James of St. George. Today the castle is one of the best preserved castles in the whole of North Wales UK
Big Buddha sitting 15 meters tall was built in 1972 by the local society to give visitors a place to pay respect to The Lord Buddha. This monumental landmark is placed on the islands Northern shore of Koh Samui Thailand
Glorious Sunset at Khao Hua Jook Pagoda, Chaweng, koh Samui Thailand
Golden Buddha statue at Pa Kham Chanot temple Wat Kham Chanot is a buddhist temple near Ban Kham Chanot, Amphoe Ban Dung, Udon Thani Province in Northeastern Thailand. It is located in the Wang Nakhin area at a lake where the Nāga, a mythical large snake, is supposed to be living. Nāga worsphip is one of the main issue in this small monastery
Sunset over the wooden Thai longboat, off the beautiful coast of Koh Lanta in the straits of malacca Thailand https://adrian-evans.pixels.com/featured/longboat-sunset-thailand-adrian-evans.html
Starlight at Llyn Geirionydd, the lake lies in a valley near Capel Curig and Betws y Coed, North Wales UK, where the northern edge of the Gwydyr Forest meets the lower slopes of the Carneddau mountains. The lake is almost a mile long and covers an area of 45 acres
Winter at Llyn Ogwen, a ribbon lake in north Wales. It lies alongside the A5 road between two mountain ranges of Snowdonia, the Carneddau and the Glyderau.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

In response to the WordPress Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Twisted

In this week’s photo challenge, show us something twisted.

Broken Chestnut
The chestnut group is a genus (Castanea) of eight or nine species of deciduous trees and shrubs in the beech family Fagaceae, native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The name also refers to the edible nuts they produce

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