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View from Cadair Idris
View from Cadair Idris by Helen in Wales
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40/52 for the group 52 in Twenty Eleven

This week's theme: Landscape

I think this was actually a challenging theme for everyone. Most people live in cities or towns, so they don't have easy access to interesting landscapes. My problem was slightly different -- I live right by some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain, so I felt under some pressure to produce a decent photo.

However... the weather has been poor all week with low cloud and drizzle. This morning, the cloud had lifted -- though not gone away! -- and I took a chance on finding something interesting.

I took 33 shots, most of which I have now deleted because they were blah. I had actually started to descend when I took this. I didn't have all that much time, so there was no way I was making it to the summit, even if I'd felt fit enough to go all the way to the top.

Just for an instant, the sun broke through a gap in the cloud. A moment later, the light had gone again and the tree was lost against the dark hillside, but I had managed to grab the shot, so went home happy. :)

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blackberry44 From: blackberry44 Date: October 6th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
I took 33 shots, most of which I have now deleted because they were blah

I have this trouble when I try to photograph scenery, however magnificent it is. I have thousands of similar photographs of scenery from all sorts of different places, and can't usually identify the places after a couple of years, unless they have something else to locate them, such as a human being.
coth From: coth Date: October 6th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I went 'oh wow' when I saw this.

What a beautiful view.
gillo From: gillo Date: October 6th, 2011 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Beautiful - exactly what I think of when I hear the word "Wales"!
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: October 6th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think you rose to the challenge brilliantly. You captured the changeability of the landscape--you can practically **see** the cloud shadow racing over the hills. Really lovely.
la_marquise_de_ From: la_marquise_de_ Date: October 6th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, that is magnificent. Look at that light! You really caught what Snowdonia is like.
ljgeoff From: ljgeoff Date: October 6th, 2011 10:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
How lovely!
rymrytr From: rymrytr Date: October 6th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

An didja see any of the Little People now durin' that brief bit o sunlight? They were dancin' and singin' just seconds before, I'm thinkin'... They would have been on their way back to Eire!

readthisandweep From: readthisandweep Date: October 7th, 2011 07:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Since you had actually started to descend I gather you had been up?
The last time I climbed Cadair Idris I was four months pregnant with my youngest child who is now 37! I can't believe it's been so long. (And I didn't even do the last 1,000 feet - they wouldn't let me.) You have made me want to take a trip.
From: aulus_poliutos Date: October 7th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Capturing that one ray of sunshine was a game a played a lot in Norway. :)

Lovely pic, and yes, the landscape is so very Welsh.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: October 7th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love that icon of my home town, is it a poster?
From: aulus_poliutos Date: October 9th, 2011 12:17 pm (UTC) (Link)
Alas no, it's just an icon a friend of mine made some years ago. But it is based on one of my photos.
cariadwen From: cariadwen Date: October 7th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
It took my breath away, thank you Helen.
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