Winter Light

Landscape Diary: North Wales

Another one of my favourite drives to one of my favourite places in Snowdonia – Ogwen Valley overlooked by the mighty Tryfan. A huge gothic slice of rock with a terrifying north ridge – which I’ve now conquered twice, I’ll have you know! – standing majestically in a landscape that could easily double as Mordor.

The weather was forecast as changeable and my car was already being pelted by a hail storm when I arrived. I left the car and started the boggy hike up the opposite side of the A5 constantly looking over for the best light peeping through from behind the Glyders. I was actually looking for a plateau of a stream I’d seen on some other images, but now I’ve learned it was frickn’ miles away from where I’d ventured. Regardless, I’d hiked some distance and found a great vantage point for my shot.

On my drive over, I spotted an old derelict house set back off the A55 perched on a hill and framed by some old trees. The light was perfect, so I had to come off and find it. Parking up in a place called Pant Y Wacco, I climbed one or two fences crossing some farmers fields before eventually spotting the roofless remains peeping over the hill. With no access by road, it looks like it was abandoned a long time ago and left for nature to make itself at home.

Both taken with a Nikon D750 and Tamron 24-70 2.8 G2.