Changing Weather

Well it looks like our friends at Automatic are not going to run a Weekly Photo Challenge this week. So instead I give you some photographs from a trip into the National Park yesterday. The plan was to go out and do some landscapes but if the weather wasn’t that great we had a backup in place. One thing I have learned is that just because the weather is great here on the coast it can be the exact opposite in the mountains. And true to form it was, bright sunny and quite warm here in Prestatyn, overcast, low cloud, cold wind in the mountains.

Llyn Padarn

Looking across Llyn Padarn, near Llanberis, Snowdon is completely shrouded in cloud. Time to put Plan B in action. Go inside. Where better than the National Slate Museum. Plenty to see and photograph and if it rains most of the workshops are inside so little chance of getting wet. Not that we weren’t prepared for a visit to the National Park with waterproofs, maps, hat and gloves. Sounds silly in summer, but trust me it isn’t.  Anyway, as I’ve said before, “it’s not worth putting yourself in harm’s way for a photograph”

At this time of the year the Slate Museum is always busy. Normally I would use my tripod because some of the buildings are quite dark but I wanted to try some new techniques for hand-held HDR photographs. It’s difficult to use a tripod when the museum is busy, so yesterday I left the tripod behind.

National Slate Museum

What do you think? Reasonable result?

After a couple of hours in the museum it was noticeable that the skies were brightening and there was the odd flash of sunlight poking through the clouds. Maybe time to move on and get some of those landscapes we set out to get that morning. Now, another thing I have learnt about the National Park is the weather can change in an instant and if you move from one range to another you can also get changeable conditions. Saying that we decided to head to the Ogwen valley and see what it was like.


We were lucky. There was a light wind clearing the clouds, blue sky was starting to break through. By now it was late afternoon so a short walk up to the waterfall of the Afon Idwal seemed a good idea. We could maybe have gone on to Cwm Idwal but we’d been out all day and although it’s only a short walk. we were both feeling a bit tired. Better to stay near the car-park and you can still get some good photographs.

This must be one of the most photographed waterfalls in Snowdonia due to it’s close proximity to the A5 and the Glyderau mountain range, popular with walkers and climbers all the year round. Not as strong and forceful as it can be in the winter but still worth spending some time photographing. That big rock in the foreground is normally covered in water, yesterday I was able to climb off the bridge onto the rocks and get this close-up.

By now Tryfan, the one to the left, was clear of cloud so a great photo opportunity, especially as the heather is just starting to bloom


Well there you have it. No Photo Challenge this week, instead some recent photographs. I hope you enjoyed them. As always feel free to comment.


7 thoughts on “Changing Weather

  1. Helen C July 10, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Lovely photos. How do you like HDR photo? I haven’t done any and have a long to way to get there. Wearing gloves in July… does that mean you wear gloves all year round? (I should google.)


  2. Mike Hardisty July 10, 2014 / 4:37 pm

    I like HDR for some things Helen, buildings, churches but landscapes not so much, although HDR is good for sunsets. It can get cold in the mountains and if it starts to rain, it gets colder still. So my motto is be prepared. We carry them but might not have to wear them.


  3. Rachel July 10, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    Beautiful photos! The first one absolutely takes my breath away — I think I’ll have to visit there soon.

    P.S. I checked, and there should be a new photo challenge posted tomorrow. 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty July 11, 2014 / 4:18 pm

      I’m lucky to live in very close to the National Park , so it’s one of my goto places. There’s so much to see and photograph. Thanks for the information about the Weekly Challenge


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