Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

..As a boy in school, my twin subject areas of strongest interest were Mathematics and Art. Photography combines the two so I feel I’ve really landed on my feet. I originally wanted to be a painter – I seemed to be good in that medium, but I didn’t see myself surviving in England. I felt that I needed a way to make a living and photography is an ideal vehicle for both survival and personal expression. – Michael Kenna

Now I was never that great at Mathematics in school, or Art for that matter. But in later years I came to be quite proficient in Mathematics at least. I see my photography today as Art. Photographing the rugged landscapes in the Snowdonia National Park and our North Wales coast is my way of expressing myself.

The Tree

This tree on the edge of Llyn y Dywarchen has always intrigued me. How did it end up there? Maybe it was planted for a reason but look at the surrounding landscape. But I think I know why it’s there. As you follow the wall towards the tree there are the remains of an abandoned stone house. Perhaps the owner of the house planted it? Interestingly enough, if you walk further around the lake you will find another abandoned house. It’s got a tree also, well a couple to be precise.

This Old House

A week or so ago I was on the coast waiting for the sun to set. But I’d got the tide times wrong. The tide was on the way in and I knew I was never going to see that setting sun. At least not from the spot I was currently standing on. Time to move before I get my feet wet…and it’s not the first time that’s happened. I broke the golden rule. Forgot to look behind me. Last summer I was so busy concentrating on getting the sunset I didn’t spot the tide creeping in behind my back. Fortunately I spotted it in time and had to paddle through a small puddle to a drier part of the beach. has that ever happened to you? Frightening at first. My first thought was had the stretch of water turned the sand into quicksand, I must admit I was glad to be carrying my tripod that day.

52 in 2015 Week 3 Silhouette

Here in North Wales I think as photographers we are extremely lucky. The National Park is easily accessible, as is our coastline. We get some amazing sunsets throughout the year, even in wintertime. What more could we ask for?

Talacre Sunset

Snow can sometimes be found on the mountains, transforming the landscape, making everything look brighter and enabling us to photograph “something different”

Cwm Idwal

I think you can see from this series of photographs that I enjoy getting out, photographing our wonderful landscapes. Am I expressing myself? I hope you think I am….


10 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Express Yourself

  1. Isabella Rose Photography January 28, 2015 / 6:31 am

    These are beautiful images. They speak volumes to me. I love North Wales as you obviously do too. Yes, you express yourself very well through your photos. I especially love the sunset over Talacre beach.


  2. goandslo January 28, 2015 / 8:36 am

    breathtaking photo’s Mike.


    • Mike Hardisty January 29, 2015 / 9:08 am

      Thank you Sue. I never tire of the scenery in the National Park.


  3. compostingwords January 28, 2015 / 3:59 pm

    Beautiful photographs! I can see why you enjoy being in your national park. Thanks for sharing.


    • Mike Hardisty January 29, 2015 / 8:59 am

      I’m glad you liked them and thank you for commenting


  4. Leya January 31, 2015 / 11:16 am

    Intensely beautiful – I once travelled through Wales as a young woman. I have to return.


    • Mike Hardisty January 31, 2015 / 12:48 pm

      One of the best things I did was move to North Wales. The scenery is a photographers dream and I never tire of it

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