Wales

Our first trip to Wales in nearly 20 years was very successful ... staying in Conwy just by the Castle ... the second trip was also excellent ... now an annual event.

pier II ...

The pier at Beaumaris on Anglesey in Wales ...

britannia bridge ...

Taken from the Anglesey side of the Menai Straits ...

rose & bokeh ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

dragons ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

iGram ...

Gramaphone player at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

neolithic ... 36/52 Y3

Self portrait taken inside the restored 4000 year old Bryn Celli Ddu burial chamber and henge on Anglesey in Wales ... www.stonepages.com/wales/bryncelliddu.html

the great british summer ...

Seen in Rhosneigr on a sunny Bank Holiday weekend ... North Wales ...

south stack steps ...

Interior of the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey Wales ...

guiding light ...

The lamp inside the South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey Wales ...

incy wincy ...

Seen on the cliff side whilst we were going down the 410 steps to South Stack lighthouse on Anglesey in Wales ...

south stack & stena ...

The South Stack Lighthouse in Anglesey Wales ...

been fishin' ...

I'd seen this guy snorkelling earlier in the day, now I know why ... he'd been catching salmon! Menai Straits ... Wales

outcrop by the sea ...

Seen in North Wales ...

menai ...

The Menai Bridge designed and built (1819–26) by Thomas Telford ... North Wales.

pier end II ...

Looking across to Bangor Pier from Anglesey ... the cloud was so low there was no evidence of the mountains all morning.

... feed me!

Seen in North Wales ...

welsh dragon ...

Dragonfly seen in Conwy Wales ...

mind your language!

Knaresborough Castle ravens came in to being as a community project for the Millennium, with the permission of HRH. The Prince of Wales, as the castle belongs to him under the title of the Duchy of Lancaster, it was decided to have captive ravens on display at the castle so people could see them close up and get better photographic opportunities that are not always possible at the Tower of London. The ravens are under the care of Igraine Hustwitt Skelton. She holds the role of 'Her Majesty's Keeper of Castle Ravens, Knaresborough'.

raindrops ...

Seen at Bodnant Gardens near Conwy in North Wales ... www.bodnant-estate.co.uk/bodnant-garden

pin mill ...

The Pin Mill at Bodnant Gardens was originally built in 1730 as a gazebo at Woodchester, Gloucestershire, and later used as a pin mill. The building was moved to Bodnant gardens in 1938/9 and rebuilt in its present position on the canal terrace.

bodnant hall ...

Spring time at Bodnant Gardens near Conwy in North Wales ... www.bodnant-estate.co.uk/bodnant-garden

keyhole ...

Spring time at Bodnant Gardens near Conwy in North Wales ... www.bodnant-estate.co.uk/bodnant-garden

soft landing ...

We were very fortunate to have been invited by the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project to view the Osprey nest from the nearest hide in the protection zone itself ... photos a bit blurry, about 300 metres away ... but fantastic to see this pair returning for the ninth year ... two eggs are now thought to be in the nest (second one not yet confirmed this morning. You can see the cameras that relay the nesting images to the main centre about a mile away to be viewed on large video monitor screens. www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

goin' fishin' ...

We were very fortunate to have been invited by the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project to view the Osprey nest from the nearest hide in the protection zone itself ... photos a bit blurry, about 300 metres away ... but fantastic to see this pair returning for the ninth year ... two eggs are now thought to be in the nest (second one not yet confirmed this morning. You can see the cameras that relay the nesting images to the main centre about a mile away to be viewed on large video monitor screens. www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

nesting ...

We were very fortunate to have been invited by the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project to view the Osprey nest from the nearest hide in the protection zone itself ... photos a bit blurry, about 300 metres away ... but fantastic to see this pair returning for the ninth year ... two eggs are now thought to be in the nest (second one not yet confirmed this morning). A white sky and a grey day today, not like yesterday's sunshine and blue! You can see the cameras that relay the nesting images to the main centre about a mile away to be viewed on large video monitor screens. www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

... spotted!

The Welsh Highland Railway has a station, Pont Croesor, right next to the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project Centre. This engine went back on the rails in 2011, it's the NGG16 Garratt no.143 www.festrail.co.uk/ www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

trees on the line ...

The rail track of the The Welsh Highland Railway seen heading off towards Snowdonia. The station Pont Croesor is right next to the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project Centre. A mile away are the nesting Ospreys which I photographed this morning. www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

seaview ...

The beach In Barmouth ... miles of sand overlooking the bay to the North Wales peninsula ...

juxtaposed ...

Fairground in Barmouth against the snow (melting) covered Snowdonia range of mountains ... great light and great place to visit, super beach!

from harlech to porthmadog ...

Jan looks out from Harlech across the bay to Porthmadog and Criccieth ...

ice cream bicycle ...

Seen in Harlech West Wales ...

dragon ...

Harlech Castle with snowy Snowdonia in the distance ...

tower ...

Harlech Castle in Wales ... www.harlech.com/

gatehouse ...

Harlech Castle in Wales ... www.harlech.com/

snowdonia panorama ...

The view from our living room window looking across to Snowdonia National Park from Idris Bach Cottage in The view from our living room window last night from Idris Bach Cottage in Penrhyndeudraeth ... Best viewed LARGE

rainbow cottage ...

The view from our living room window last night from Idris Bach Cottage in Penrhyndeudraeth ...

window ... wood ... stone

Seen in Portmeirion in North Wales ... a magical place ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

through the round window ...

Seen in Portmeirion in North Wales ... a magical place (when the sun comes out!) ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner Leeds Flickr Group TOTW #265 'Windows'

italianate ... 15/52 Y3

This is my fourth year of self-portraits and this is the third time I've taken one at Portmeirion in North Wales ... a magical place (when the sun comes out!) ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

between two trees ...

Portmeirion in North Wales is famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

portmeirion ...

Portmeirion in North Wales ... a magical place (when the sun comes out!) ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

money tree ...

Seen in the woods at Portmeirion. The origins of this practice apparently go back to the 1700's in Scotland. The reasons are many: warding off evil spirits, good luck, healing and as a fertility ritual. The number of coins hammered in is the number of children you would like to have! Portmeirion in North Wales is famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

through the arched window ...

Seen in Portmeirion in North Wales ... a magical place (when the sun comes out!) ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

deltrain ...

The new Forest Train at Portmeirion in North Wales, built by Deltrain, opened this week ... a fun ride around The Village and the forest where you can hop on and off at different 'stations'. The roadways are still being built so it's a bit bumpy at the moment!

view from the cob ...

The Cob, a man made causeway, which has carried travellers over the mouth of the Glaslyn River at Porthmadog for nearly 200 years ...

waterside ...

Reflections at low tide in Porthmadog, North Wales ...

platform ...

The platform at Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog Railway ...

head in the clouds ...

Seen in Porthmadog on 'The Cob' ... 'ex-SAR NGG 16 Class Garratt. Spent much of its working life in South Africa until it was replaced by diesel traction. Purchased from Exmoor Steam Centre, who imported it to the UK. Underwent a major restoration at Boston Lodge Works. Coal fired. Initially outshopped in photographic grey livery, has carried midnight blue livery since March 2010.'

rolling stock ...

Seen in Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog Railway ...

iarll meirionnydd ...

Steam engine seen in Porthmadog on the Ffestiniog Railway ...

tagged ...

Tagged male Reed Bunting Seen at the RSPB Glaslyn Ospey Project Reserve ...

cheeky chaffinch ...

Chaffinch seen at the RSPB Glaslyn Ospey Project Reserve ...

tulips & steam ...

Steam engine seen at Penrhyn Station ... 'The narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway links Blaenau Ffestiniog with Porthmadog on the coast. The ride is spectacular as the line twists and turns its way through the countryside.'

red and gold ...

Tulips seen at Penrhyn Station, one of the stations on the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales ...

branch & shadow ...

On the estuary near Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ...

estuary II ...

Jan on the estuary near Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ... It looks a bit like a golf course but this is where the tide comes in and covers the area filling all the 'bunkers' ... there's a sign as you come into the area saying 'No Golf' !

high wire ...

The pylons parade across the estuary near Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ...

kitchen view ...

The view from Idris Bach Cottage in Penrhyndeudraeth where we are chilling out this week!

estuary ...

The Conwy Estuary in North Wales ...

in song ...

A Dunnock amongst the reeds at Conwy RSPB Reserve in Wales ...

snacking ...

Pony seen at the Conwy RSPB Reserve in Wales ...

fascinator ...

Lapwing seen at Conwy RSPB Reserve ...

wheels within wheels ...

Seen at Erddig House in Wales ...

steps ...

Long exposure using ND10 filter ... Seen at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ...

lily the pink ...

Bodnant Gardens ... North Wales ...

heron jump ...

Seen at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ...

tree textures ...

A variety of tree bark seen in North Wales ...

babby rocks ...

Seen on the beach at Portmeirion in Wales ... please view large!

set sail ...

This was taken in Portmeirion in Wales ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner

four ... 52/52 Y2

'... I am not a number, I'm a free man!' The last of my 52 Weeks of Self Portraits Year Two. This was taken in Portmeirion in Wales ... famous for the eccentric village built by Clough Williams-Ellis opened in 1926. Of course it's also famous for the 1960's TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan. www.portmeirion-village.com The Prisoner Here's the full set: 52 Weeks - Year Two

Portmeirion ...

Taken for the Leeds Flickr Group Theme of the Week 'Colourful' ...

towards the sky ...

Seen in Plas Newydd Country House and Gardens on Anglesey in Wales ...

claws ...

Seen at Black Point which is situated near Penmon Priory in eastern Anglesey. There is woodland and a pond at Black Point, as well as a rocky coast from where you can see Puffin Island and the Penmon Lighthouse.

calm ...

Long exposure using ND10 filter at 30 seconds ... Black Point is situated near Penmon Priory in eastern Anglesey. There is woodland and a pond at Black Point, as well as a rocky coast from where you can see Puffin Island and the Penmon Lighthouse.

grey lady II ...

Conwy harbour in North Wales ... I've photographed the wrecked Grey Lady before, thought I'd do it in black and white this time ...

the incredible shrinking woman ...

It wasn't until after taking this shot that I saw foto.phrend (Jan) seemed to be in minature!

pipe ...

Seen on the beach at Abergele in North Wales ...

point of ayr ...

Point of Ayr lighthouse at Talacre beach ... Point of Ayr gives its name to a lighthouse, built in 1776, though inactive since 1844. It stands on Talacre beach at the entrance to the River Dee estuary. The lighthouse once displayed two lights. The main beam at 63 feet shone seaward towards Llandudno. A secondary beam shone up the River Dee towards the hamlet of Dawpool in Cheshire on the English side of the estuary. Whilst in service the lighthouse was painted with red and white stripes and had a red lantern housing.

hosta & iris ...

Reflections in a mirror-like pond at Chirk Castle in Wales ...

pink and sweet ...

Seen in Chirk Castle gardens with the famous yews in the background ... sometimes rain can be good!

by candle light ...

Seen at Chirk Castle in Wales ... 'Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants' hall and historic laundry.'

... more beer!

Seen at Chirk Castle in Wales ... 'Completed in 1310, Chirk is the last Welsh castle from the reign of Edward I still lived in today. Features from its 700 years include the medieval tower and dungeon, 17th-century Long Gallery, grand 18th-century state apartments, servants' hall and historic laundry.'

holding on for dear life!

Seen in Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ...

yellow ...

The fabulous laburnum arch at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ... Leeds Flickr Group - Theme of the Week #223 'Yellow' ...

the boyz ...

These young bulls took a great interest in our cameras ... within a few minutes of waiting and standing still they all came across the large field to pose, it was a large herd and could have been quite scary if we'd been on the other side of the fence! Seen in North Wales ...

four for dave ...

Happy Birthday Dave! www.flickr.com/photos/publicenergy ... seen in North Wales ...

jurrasic III ...

The best collection of gunnera I've ever seen in the gardens at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ... a great place to visit ...

wired ...

Part of the (spooky) doll collection at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

fire queen ...

The 'Fire Queen' locomotive was built in 1848 by A. Horlock at North Fleet Iron Works in Kent. It can now be seen in a collection at the National Trust property Penrhyn Castle ...

haydock ...

The 'Haydock' locomotive built in 1879 by Robert Stephenson & Co. Ltd. seen at the National Trust property Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

waters edge ...

Bangor Pier on the Menai Straight in North Wales ...

weather front ...

Watching the rain come in off Snowdonia. Taken from the end of Bangor pier in North Wales ...

grey lady ...

Derelict boat in the bay at Conwy - North Wales ...

rooftops III ...

Conwy Castle and rooftops from the town walls ... Wales UK

sweep ...

Abergele beach in North Wales ...

full of stars ...

Seen on Abergele beach in North Wales ...

seaside ...

Abergele beach in North Wales ...

it's a sign ...

Abergele beach in North Wales ...

vanishing point ...

Abergele & Pensarn station on the North Wales coast ...

Ravens of the Castle ...

Knaresborough Castle ravens came in to being as a community project for the Millennium, with the permission of HRH. The Prince of Wales, as the castle belongs to him under the title of the Duchy of Lancaster, it was decided to have captive ravens on display at the castle so people could see them close up and get better photographic opportunities that are not always possible at the Tower of London. The ravens are under the care of Igraine Hustwitt Skelton. She holds the role of 'Her Majesty's Keeper of Castle Ravens, Knaresborough'. Leeds Flickr Group trip to Knaresborough - April 24th

shells ...

I thought I'd shoot some pictures in my garden seeing that the light's so good today. These are shells that were mainly collected over thirty years ago on holiday in Wales. The bigger ones came from Lagos in Portugal.

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Self Portrait - '... hangin' around the City walls' - 365 days project ... 'The walls of Conwy are judged the finest in Britain. They are not only completely intact, but largely unencumbered by later building, and still give the impression of enclosing and protecting the town. The construction of the town walls went hand in hand with that of the castle, and they were essentially complete by 1286.'

the smallest house in Britain ...

Just re-opened for the season today in Conwy - North Wales ... Here are the facts: It measures 72 inches wide and 122 inches high It was occupied until May 1900 It is listed in the Guinness Book of Records It was lived in by a Robert Jones who was 6ft 3ins tall It was built in a gap between two terraces It's a bit cheesy but I don't care ... it reminds me of many happy holidays in Wales in my youth!

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Self Portrait - '... on the Great Orme' - 365 days project ... Took the tram up the Great Orme this afternoon in Llandudno ... great views across North Wales and Anglesey. 'Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions. During the Victorian era, roads on the Great Orme were still fairly primitive and the steep slopes prevented all but the most sure footed from reaching the summit. Llandudno was fast becoming a very popular tourist resort, so it wasn't long before local businessmen latched on to the idea of a cable tramway. A little over 15 months after construction work started at the bottom of the Orme, the line was declared safe by the Board of Trade. On 31st July 1902 the first car moved off from Victoria Station, to the sound of the town band playing "God save the King". '

Llandudno Pier ...

North Wales ... 'At 2,295 ft the pier is the longest in Wales and the fifth longest in England and Wales. A British Tourist Authority report in 1975 said of it: '.... It zooms out of the sea.... in a spectacular Indian Gothic style rather like a Maharajah's palace floating on a lake. Cast iron, brackets of iron lacework, an outstandingly pretty balustrade like an enlarged fish net, ogee roofs curling away to the sky, all add up to a totally pleasurable experience.'

pier and points ...

Llandudno - North Wales ... I love this Victorian pier (boardwalk) and especially love the incongruous juxtaposition of the flora along the roadside! 'Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions. At 2,295 ft the pier is the longest in Wales and the fifth longest in England and Wales. A British Tourist Authority report in 1975 said of it: '.... It zooms out of the sea.... in a spectacular Indian Gothic style rather like a Maharajah's palace floating on a lake. Cast iron, brackets of iron lacework, an outstandingly pretty balustrade like an enlarged fish net, ogee roofs curling away to the sky, all add up to a totally pleasurable experience.'

... damp in Llandudno

A bit 'damp' this morning in Llandudno North Wales ... still didn't stop the photographers though! 'Llandudno is Wales's largest resort, uniquely situated between the Great and Little Ormes with two wonderful beaches, the award winning North Shore and the quiet, sand duned West Shore. Llandudno has kept its Victorian and Edwardian elegance and splendour, despite its modern attractions.'

rock pools ...

Benllech Bay - Anglesey - Wales

end of the pier ...

Beaumaris - Anglesey - North Wales

wet 'n' windy

Beaumaris Pier - Anglesey - North Wales

through the keyhole ...

Looking up through a turret at Beaumaris Castle - Anglesey - North Wales ... 'Beaumaris Castle on the Island of Anglesey is the great unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the 'iron ring' of North Wales castles by the English monarch Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. But it was never finished money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Beaumaris is nonetheless an awesome sight, regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales. Begun in 1295, it was also the last. The king's military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle, the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.'

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Self Portrait - 'another day, another castle ...' - 365 days project ... Beaumaris Castle - Anglesey - North Wales ... 'Beaumaris Castle on the Island of Anglesey is the great unfinished masterpiece. It was built as one of the 'iron ring' of North Wales castles by the English monarch Edward I, to stamp his authority on the Welsh. But it was never finished money and supplies ran out before the fortifications reached their full height. Beaumaris is nonetheless an awesome sight, regarded by many as the finest of all the great Edwardian castles in Wales. Begun in 1295, it was also the last. The king's military architect, the brilliant James of St George, brought all his experience and inspiration to bear when building this castle, the biggest and most ambitious venture he ever undertook.'

carcass ...

Dead tree on one of the Portmeirian beaches in Wales ...

beachscape ...

Looking across the estuary towards Snowdonia from Portmeirion - North Wales

amis reunis ...

Although this looks like a real boat moored on the quay, it is actually a concrete construction built in 1930 and modelled on Sir Clough Williams-Ellis's own ketch in Portmeirion in Wales. It is built into the quayside and marks the spot where the original ketch boat used to be moored. The real Amis Reunis was used as a houseboat, but it was wrecked in the estuary during high winds. 'Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. The village is located near Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Portmeirion has served as a location for films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in The Prisoner.'

nonesuch ...

William Brodie’s Hercules statue (cast c. 1863), erected in front of Hercules Hall and at the top of the Hercules Steps at Portmeirian - North Wales 'Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. The village is located near Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Portmeirion has served as a location for films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in The Prisoner.'

echo ...

Portmeirion - North Wales ... 'Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. The village is located near Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Portmeirion has served as a location for films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in The Prisoner.'

... in The Village

'The Village' - Portmeirion - Wales ... 'Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. The village is located near Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Portmeirion has served as a location for films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in The Prisoner.'

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Self Portrait - 'Be seeing you ...' - 365 days project ... Spent the day at Portmeirion in Wales. Fantastic weather today and lots of potential shots to upload at some point! This was the home of the 1960's TV show 'The Prisoner' starring Patrick McGoohan who died last year. I'm quite a fan of the series and took my umbrella today specially to use as a prop ... pity it fell apart! If you haven't been here for a while it's been really spruced up and the sunny weather made it a great day out. 'Portmeirion is an Italianate resort village in Gwynedd, on the coast of Snowdonia in Wales. The village is located near Penrhyndeudraeth, on the estuary of the River Dwyryd. Portmeirion has served as a location for films and television shows, most famously serving as The Village in The Prisoner.'

steps ...

'Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK (Wales), spanning some 80 acres and is situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range. The garden has two parts. The upper garden around Bodnant Hall consists of the terraced gardens and informal lawns shaded by trees. The lower portion, known as the "Dell" is formed by the valley of the River Hiraethlyn and contains the Wild garden.'

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Self Portrait - 'Swallow Falls ...' - 365 days project ... 'Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. The falls are set on the River Llugwy two miles west of Betws-y-Coed along the A5 to Capel Curig, in the beautiful Gwydir Forest. '

swallow falls ...

'Swallow Falls is the highest continuous waterfall in Wales. The falls are set on the River Llugwy two miles west of Betws-y-Coed along the A5 to Capel Curig, in the beautiful Gwydir Forest. '

the tide's gone out ...

View of Cowy and the Castle from across the estuary at low tide

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Self Portrait - '... Kings of the Castle' - 365 days project ... Conwy Castle - North Wales

bridges and rivers ...

View from Conwy Castle in North Wales

castle and cloud ...

Conwy Castle - Conwy - North Wales

'... beer time!'

John FotoHouse & foto.phrend in Conwy - North Wales LeedsFlickrGroup TOTW # 112 'Time'

'... someone's pulled the plug!'

Seen in Conwy - North Wales

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Self Portrait - 'Conwy' - 365 days project ... A beautiful day in Conwy - Wales

fade out III ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

fade out II ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

fade out I ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

fade out V ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

fade out IV ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

fade out VI ...

Enjoyed having a play with the 100mm Macro today at Bodnant Gardens in Wales ... a real vibrant colour explosion!

little dragon ...

The Little Dragon @IdrisBach in Penrhyn sunbathing :-)

steam age ...

Day two in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ... lovely weather today for a walk to the station and down the estuary ...

chair | shadow

Day two in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ...

pylon | estuary

Day two in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ... lovely weather today for a walk to the station and down the estuary ... Glastraeth (green beach) ...

out to sea ...

Day two in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ... lovely weather today for a walk to the station and down the estuary ... Afon Dwyryd

red | green

Day two in Penrhyndeudraeth in North Wales ...

tower | refelection

Had an excellent visit to a favourite place today, Portmeirion near Porthmadog in North Wales ... An eclectic collection of photos to follow ... www.portmeirion-village.com/

hop along ...

Had an excellent visit to a favourite place today, Portmeirion near Porthmadog in North Wales. This little guy only had one leg, minutes later a two legged robin appeared ... never saw the one with three legs though! An eclectic collection of photos to follow ... www.portmeirion-village.com/

the village ...

Had an excellent visit to a favourite place today, Portmeirion near Porthmadog in North Wales ... An eclectic collection of photos to follow ... www.portmeirion-village.com/

osprey | fishing

I know it's not a quality shot but it was the best I could get from a distance! We visited the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Centre this morning and saw great live video of the parents and two chicks in the nest a mile or two away. In the afternoon on a walk across The Cob in Porthmadog we spotted an Osprey fishing. It must have taken half an hour to catch this fish as it was being mobbed by seagulls. Only three Osprey pairs in the area, so really pleased to have seen this!

143 | steam

The Welsh Highland Railway has a station, Pont Croesor, right next to the RSPB Glaslyn Osprey Project Centre. This engine went back on the rails in 2011, it's the NGG16 Garratt no.143 www.festrail.co.uk/ www.rspb.org.uk/datewithnature/146948-glaslyn-ospreys

not an osprey ...

Spotted this helicopter whilst looking for ospreys! Don't know anything about helicopters but this looked very big and heavy!

red | green | two

The Japanese Garden at Portmeirion near Porthmadog in North Wales ... www.portmeirion-village.com/

fine detail ...

A detail from one of the many sculptures and follies at Portmeirion near Porthmadog in North Wales ... www.portmeirion-village.com/

colour under cloud ...

View from the Eagle Tower ... Had a very pleasant walk around Caernarfon Castle and town today. Still didn't rain, but slightly chilly, especially when wearing shorts!

castle ...

Caernarfon Castle interior ... Had a very pleasant walk around Caernarfon Castle and town today. Still didn't rain, but slightly chilly, especially when wearing shorts!

into light ...

Caernarfon Castle interior ... Had a very pleasant walk around Caernarfon Castle and town today. Still didn't rain, but slightly chilly, especially when wearing shorts!

postcard pwllheli ..

Pwllheli (South Beach) on the Llyn Peninsula on a grey windy afternoon ... these colourful houses make up for it!

ten ...

A rare moment of sunlight today on the beach at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales ...

on the beach ...

On the beach at Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales ...

blue bell & sea

Shell Island in North Wales ... windy but bright ... no edits

big rock | small rock

Shell Island in North Wales ... windy but bright ... no edits

dune view ...

Shell Island in North Wales ... windy but bright ... no edits

paired ...

Seen at RSPB Conwy in North Wales ... saw some ospreys again unexpectedly but too far away to get a decent photograph.

blackbird | bokeh

Young blackbird seen at RSPB Conwy in North Wales ... saw some ospreys again unexpectedly but too far away to get a decent photograph.

surprise pony ...

Had a bit of a shock when this wild Welsh pony appeared above the banking at Conwy RSPB Reserve out of nowhere!

dance ...

Herons at Conwy RSPB Reserve in North Wales ...

twenty ...

Shell Island in North Wales ...

huts in a row ...

Beach huts in Abersoch on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales ... Some of them were the size of a garage, some buried in sand!

across menai ...

Looking across the Menai Strait towards Anglesey from the top of Caernarfon Castle ...

crabbing ...

Seen in Conwy ... North Wales ...

three bridges ...

HDR using Fujifilm X100 ... Conwy in North Wales ...

pink | green

Seen in Beaumaris, Anglesey ... North Wales ...

shoreline ...

Seen in Beaumaris, Anglesey ... North Wales ...

rammy fest ...

Seen in Beaumaris, Anglesey ... North Wales ...

tides out ...

Jan at Red Wharf Bay on Anglesey ... North Wales ...

pokers ...

Seen at Plas Cadnant Hidden Gardens on Anglesey in North Wales ...

morning mist ...

Looking across Menai from Beaumaris on Anglesey in North Wales ...

plugged ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ... Ice tower ...

lunch in the jungle ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ... A great place for lunch!

castle III ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ...

age of steam ...

Seen at Penrhyn Castle in North Wales ... Sream train exhibition ...

lock out ...

Seen in Beaumaris on Anglesey in North Wales ...

beach life ...

Seen in Moelfre on Anglesey in North Wales ...

fishin' ...

Seen in Moelfre on Anglesey in North Wales ...

double trouble ...

Seen in Moelfre on Anglesey in North Wales ...

conversation ...

Seen at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ...

support | pier

Seen in Beaumaris on Anglesey in North Wales ...

sundown | beaumaris

Seen in Beaumaris on Anglesey in North Wales ...

steamin' ...

Seen in North Wales ... from last years archive ...

gorse ...

Seen in North Wales ... from last years archive ...

cast away ...

Seen in North Wales ... from last years archive ...

lake | bodnant gardens

Seen at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ...

mellow yellow | bodnant gardens

Seen at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ...

three | bodnant gardens

Parasol mushrooms before the parasol stage seen at Bodnant Gardens in North Wales ...