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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
heleninwales
heleninwales
From a couple of weeks ago
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The problem with going on so many expeditions is that I don't seem to get time to process the photos and write anything about the trip before we're off on another one. Another problem is that it's all a bit samey. We climb up to some wild and desolate place, trudge around for a while looking at rocks and then descend again.

Anyway, after spending a week in Pwllheli during the "Beast from the East" cold snap, we managed to book a few days away in Ponterwyd during a very wet week. The second day out walking was the best regarding weather.

This is an off-topic photo this week because due to the pretty awful weather there was no chance to photograph anything for the week's theme of "Quality" and very few photos worth posting. Day 2 remained more or less dry, though very grey. We climbed and climbed and climbed and then negotiated a perilous path up the side of a waterfall to finally emerge on the top of wooded hills cleft by unexpectedly steep valleys. This was the view looking back the way we had come.

Wide valley, Mid Wales
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puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: May 14th, 2018 07:00 am (UTC) (Link)
We climb up to some wild and desolate place, trudge around for a while looking at rocks and then descend again...

LOL

I say bring on the pictures of wild and desolate places! We haven't really got a lot of those round here...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 14th, 2018 12:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Later today I'm going to post more about our trip to Ponterwyd. Unfortunately the weather was gloomy so the photos are a bit grim.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: May 14th, 2018 08:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Lovely view! That looks like an expanse of sand, though I don't think it's likely...
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: May 14th, 2018 12:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
No, it's not sand, though at the end of the ice age that would have been a lake. The lake drained away thousands of years ago but the bottom of the valley is boggy and only certain plants grown there. The sandy look is the bleached stems from last year's grasses and rushes. It will green up a little, but the stems always remain pale.
eve_prime From: eve_prime Date: May 15th, 2018 07:34 am (UTC) (Link)
That makes more sense!

Here is a Wikipedia photo of my hometown. Sand everywhere. Always sand in the sheets at night. Very hard to garden.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florence,_Oregon#/media/File:Florence_OR_aerial.jpg
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