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A cold evening
A cold evening by Helen in Wales
A cold evening, a photo by Helen in Wales on Flickr.


I know we've been moaning about the weather in the UK, but it's not normally this cold at the end of March, certainly not in such a sustained way. Our weather is known for its variability and it's currently got stuck!

Anyway, I've decided to drop out of the 52 in 2013 group because the last few weeks the challenge has seemed more of a chore than an inspiration. Having a bad back since last Saturday hasn't helped, but I've decided that this year I want to photograph things of interest and relevance to me rather than to fit a set theme. I've really enjoyed the last two years and the themes helped me go out and look for something a bit different, but for some reason it's not working for me this year, so rather than do it half-heartedly, I'll drop out and just do my own thing.

Anyway, this was snapped with my phone on the way back from a walk into town the other evening. It was partly a reconnaisance trip for a little project.

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feodora From: feodora Date: March 31st, 2013 11:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh what a nice scene.
I love these old britanic cities. The stone buildings cowering in the land.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2013 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The building at the front right is new, but they've made sure it blends in with the older buildings behind it.
athgarvan From: athgarvan Date: March 31st, 2013 01:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
More like a village in Switzerland than Wales
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
The snow is retreating due to the clear, bright sunny days, but there's still more of it about than there should be at this time of year.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: March 31st, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I had no idea you were tucked right up against a mountain that way. Gorgeous!

I'm in a small weekly challenge comm called photo_scavenger, but my problem is that I often know what photo I want to take or even get it taken, but then I never manage to post it.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2013 02:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
We are indeed at the foot of a mountain. :) Some people try to say it's the second highest in Wales, but it isn't. It is, however, perhaps the second most famous.

Regarding the weekly photo challenge, for the last two years I've really enjoyed thinking up how I'm going to tackle each subject, but perhaps because some of the themes are coming round again now for the third time, my enthusiasm has waned. Not only that, some of them are difficult to do where I live and I've not been very happy with my efforts this year. Anyway, I am going to stick with the other photo-a-week group because the themes are flexible enough to allow for quite a wide interpretation. Also the group is smaller and I can comment on the other contributions without having to spend an inordinate amount of time on Flickr.

The other thing about the 52 in 2013 group is that there is a weekly contest and I've got a bit tired of having to assess so many pictures and vote. I could opt out of the competition, but then there's not much point in being tied to the themes, so I'll just quietly drop out.
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: March 31st, 2013 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Now I'm curious as to why your mountain is famous.

Also, you might want to check out photo_scavenger. It's very low key, it's no problem if you miss a prompt or play catch-up, and people come up with an interesting variety of interpretations for the prompts.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2013 04:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
It has quite a few legends associated with it, but mostly it's because of the spectacular location. Snowdon is Wales's highest mountain and some of the peaks around are almost as high, but Cadair stands beside the Mawddach Estuary and towers above the surrounding hills, making it look much more dramatic.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: March 31st, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll definitely bear photo_scavenger in mind, but I'm still in one weekly Flickr group and I have a photo-a-day project I'm going to do during April, so I think that will keep my busy enough for the moment.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: March 31st, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
It certainly looks like a much bigger mountain when it's covered in snow. I like the way the triangular shape of the roofs echo the peak.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 1st, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's funny how sometimes it appears right on top of us and sometimes seems quite distant. Tricks of the light.
kishenehn From: kishenehn Date: April 1st, 2013 05:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a lovely photo ...
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