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Misty mountain
13/52 for the group 2017 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's theme was: M is for Mist

Misty mountain

When I peeked at this week's theme on Saturday, the weather was glorious with totally blue skies. Ditto on Sunday, but I needn't have worried about finding some mist to photograph. Wales is known for its changeable weather and today was definitely misty on the mountain tops.

Today's walk was another reconnoitring trip for G's geology book. We drove to Cym Mynach (Monk's Valley) and parked at the end of the tarmac road. We followed the gravel track for a while before branching off up a narrow footpath though a wood. There were a few fallen trees to negotiate and part of the path was unsure whether it was a path or a stream, but it was easy to follow. As G hadn't been up that way for probably 30 years, there was no guarantee that the path would still be there. It might have been overgrown and lost in new tree growth, but it will be fine to include in the book. As the visibility was so poor on the tops, we turned back after I took the photo.

This shot shows part of the track which, once upon a time, was a narrow tramway leading to a manganese mine. We have a piece of the ore somewhere in the garage and I might try and find it to show you all. It's a rather nice rock, being striped in red and black.

Old tramway, Cym Mynach

We had planned to climb higher, but as you can see from the first photo, we wouldn't have been able to see anything so we turned back at this point. However, it was a pleasant -- if damp! -- walk of about 2&189; miles, so I've done my exercise for today.

Current Mood: sleepy

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: March 29th, 2017 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
So beautiful--all those subtle colors!
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: March 30th, 2017 07:36 am (UTC) (Link)
A manganese mine! It always amazes me how many different types of mine there are in Wales...

Beautiful shots.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: April 4th, 2017 09:18 am (UTC) (Link)
I have now found the lump of manganese ore! I had a vague feeling we'd lent it to someone but had no idea who. G said it was in the garage. Then on Sunday we went up to visit a friend on her smallholding and she said, "Oh, I've got your lump of manganese ore. I've had it for ages and I've kept meaning to return it to you." So now it's on the bookcase, waiting to be photographed.
asakiyume From: asakiyume Date: April 5th, 2017 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to see the manganese! I can search for a picture of manganese ore, but right now, as I type, I'm totally in the dark as to what it looks like--striped red and black sounds very fancy!

I realize I don't even know what manganese is used for. "Oh, manufacturing, for sure," I can say with a handwave, but it's not like knowing that copper gets used in piping and wires, if you know what I mean.

... And yet what brought me to this entry of yours was the beauty of the mist on the hills and the greenness of the paths.
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