Fall Colors, Nantgwyllt Chapel, Caban Coch Reservoir, Elan Valley, Rhayader Dams, Wales - This is a Victorian Church built to replace a former church drowned over 100 years by the flooding of the Elan Valley, which was done to supply clean water to the City of Birmingham. The church still contains some features of the original chapel, notably the oil lamps, which are the only source of lighting inside.
Water Flowing, Craig Goch Dam, Rhayader Dams, Elan Valley, Wales - There are four dams on the river Elan, which supply water to Birmingham. Craig Goch the upper dam pictured here is the most attractive of the dams, with an elegantly curved retaining wall. The other dams are the Pen-y-garreg, Garreg Ddu (where the Nantgwyllt Chapel is situated), and Caban Coch (where the visitor centre and car park are located). The river Claerwen has the newest, and largest Claerwen dam, it makes for a dramatic photograph when shot from the small footbridge below.
Sifting Tower, Elan Valley, Rhayader, Wales - There are four dams on the river Elan, which supply water to Birmingham. There was fresh snow the morning I arrived, making the area look absolutely beautiful. This dam is usually overflowing. The higher dam, Craig Goch, is often not overflowing so it's worth checking the Elan Valley facebook page before you head out. The river Claerwen has the newest, and largest Claerwen dam, it makes for a dramatic photograph when shot from the small footbridge below.
Autumn Road at the Elan Valley, Rhayader Dams, Wales - The Elan Valley is 72 square miles of beautiful landscapes, moorlands, bogs, woodlands and thriving wildlife. The area is famous for its dams and reservoirs built a hundred years ago to supply desperately needed clean water to Birmingham. The Red Kite is often seen in the Elan Valley. I shot this on the road leading from Garreg Ddu Dam to Pen Y Garreg dam (the middle dam) I really loved how the leaves were positioned by the cars.
The Spectacular Arab Room (Moorish design) located in Herbert Tower at Cardiff Castle, Wales - The ceiling was designed in the 1880s by architect and Medieval revivalist William Burges who was inspired by his extensive travels. Cardiff Castle itself dates back to at least the 11th century at the site of a much earlier Roman Fort. It was a quiet day at the castle and the guards let me get much closer than normal, thank you!
Rainy Day at Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales - The Maritime Memorial, and abstract sculpture by Brian Fell, is inscribed: In memory of the merchant seafarers from the ports of Barry Penarth Cardiff who died in times of war. The memorial has two distinct aspects, a face, and a beached shipwreck hull. Located in front of the Welsh Parliment, Senate building.
Epic Sunset at Crow Castle - This is my most viewed image, at 140,000,000 views, due in large part to Picassa and Google plus. Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle standing high atop a hill above Llangollen in Denbighshire, Wales. It's said the first structure at Dinas Brân was not this ruined castle but an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 BC. The walk up is fairly easy and the views are certainly worth it!
Crow Castle, Llangollen, Dee Valley, Wales - Castell Dinas Brân is a medieval castle standing high atop a hill commanded views for miles around above Llangollen (home of the International Eisteddfod) in Denbighshire. It's said the first structure at Dinas Brân was not this ruined castle but an Iron Age hillfort built around 600 BC. The walk up is fairly easy and the views are certainly worth it!
Pen-y-gareg dam is the second dam up in the Elan Valley, Rhayader, Wales. There are four dams on the river Elan, which supply water to Birmingham. There was fresh snow the morning I arrived, making the area look absolutely beautiful. This dam is usually overflowing. The higher dam, Craig Goch, is often not overflowing so it's worth checking the Elan Valley facebook page before you head out. The river Claerwen has the newest, and largest Claerwen dam, it makes for a dramatic photograph when shot from the small footbridge below.
Wavy Pierhead Street Car Park, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales - Cardiff Bay, formerly Tiger Bay, has been through a major redevelopment program making it ideal for photographers! I rarely do these 'abstract' images, sometimes I think I'm just lazy, then regret it afterward. I also did something here I hardly ever do, a dutch-angle! I photographed this from Bute Pl Street.
This is the Folly (40 foot high) close to Pontypool Park, Torfaen, Pontypool in Wales, an old Roman watchtower. It was taken down just prior to the Second World War (On July 9, 1940) as it was thought it could be used as a landmark for the Luftwaffe seeking to bomb the nearby Ordnance Factory. It was reconstructed and reopened by the Prince of Wales on July 22, 1994.
Sunrise at The Green Bridge of Wales (about 80 feet high), a limestone natural arch, is a famous landmark in Wales, located close to Castlemartin, Pembrokeshire, adjacent to the Stack Rocks and the Cauldron. The area lies the Ministry of Defence's Castlemartin military training area, I could hear the boom of the tanks firing off shells, not too far away!
Blue Hour, Caernarfon Castle (Castell Caernarfon, built in 1330), a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynedd, North Wales. The site of castle had previously been the location of a Norman motte and bailey castle and before that a Roman fort. In 1969, it was the setting for the investiture (meaning formally investing a person with honours or rank) of Charles, Prince of Wales.
Steps down to St David's Cathedral (Eglwys Gadeiriol Tyddewi), St David's, Pembrokeshire, on the most westerly point of Wales. The monastic community was founded by Saint David, Abbot of Menevia, who died in 589. This is a gorgeous area of Wales to visit, the coastline along the north has many picturesque fishing villages, such as Porthgain and Abercastle and Fishguard.
Carreg Samson, Standing Stone, Dolmen, Abercastle, Pembrokeshire, Wales - This 5000-year-old Neolithic dolmen located half a mile west of Abercastle along the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Myth has it Saint Samson of Dol placed the capstone (measuring 4.7 metres by 2.7 metres and 1.0 metre thick) in position with his little finger! The burial chamber was once covered by a mound of earth, then stones to be used as a shelter for sheep. Abercastle itself is beautiful, it looks kind of similar to Boscastle in Cornwall.
Burry Port Lighthouse, Dyfed, Wales - Burry was once the main coal exporting port for the Gwendraeth Valley and nearby valleys, the dock is now home to the only marina in Carmarthenshire. The cute little lighthouse (only 24 foot tall) was built in 1842. Burry Port (Porth Tywyn) town itself is just west of the larger city of Llanelli. Interestingly, Burry Port harbour and is where Amelia Earhart landed as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Dramatic Sunset over Burry Port Lighthouse, Wales - Burry was once the main coal exporting port for the Gwendraeth Valley and nearby valleys, the dock is now home to the only marina in Carmarthenshire. The cute little lighthouse (only 24 foot tall) was built in 1842. Burry Port (Porth Tywyn) town itself is just west of the larger city of Llanelli. Interestingly, Burry Port harbour and is where Amelia Earhart landed as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.
Harlech Castle, Harlech, Gwynedd, Wales - This medieval fortification, constructed upon Harlech Dome, a spur of rock almost 200 feet high, close to the Irish Sea. The sea originally came much closer to the castle, and a long flight of steps leads down from the castle to the former shore, which allowed the castle to be resupplied by sea during sieges. The castle was built by Edward I during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289 but fell to Welsh ruler Owain Glyndŵr in 1404. Harlech Castle is classed as a World Heritage site.
Sunset, Path to the Devil's Kitchen, Ogwen, Snowdonia, Wales - This is the path at Pont Pen-y-Benglog which leads up from Llyn Ogwen (Lake Ogwen) to Llyn Idwal (the higher lake), the path continues on, to the summit of Glyder Fawr, the highest peak in the Glyderau range the fifth highest mountain in Wales (3,284 feet). The views from the summit are amazing, and possibly some of the best for landscape photography in the UK.
Stormy Sunrise at Llanrwst Tea Rooms, Snowdonia, Wales - Llanrwst Tu-Hwnt-I'r Bont (Beyond the Bridge) Tea Rooms (built in 1480), Inigo Jones Bridge, Conwy River, Snowdonia, Wales. Llanrwst is a major tourist attraction not too far north from Betws-y-Coed, this cottage has become the iconic shot of Wales. This shot needs to be done just after sunrise when the sunlight catches the arches of the bridge. I was a little late for the autumn colours, a few weeks earlier the cottage was bright red. There are still a few red leaves on the bridge just near the cottage.
Dolbadarn Castle, located on a rocky crag 80 feet above Llyn Padarn, is a castle fortification built by the Welsh prince Llywelyn the Great (Llywelyn ab Iorwerth), constructed around 1283, located at Llanberis, Snowdonia, Gwynedd, Wales. This photo shows the keep, seen from across the ruined hall and courtyard. It is the finest surviving example of a Welsh round tower. After Llywelyn died in 1240 his grandson Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (Llywelyn the Last) took reign over Gwynedd by imprisoning his brother Owain Goch in Dolbadarn’s tower for 20 years. Inspired this story, landscape painter Joseph Mallord William Turner made several drawings of the castle and scenery. The mountain on the left is the Slate Mountain, to the right is Snowdon (the highest mountain in Wales).
Misty, Tranquility, Llyn Crafnant, Snowdonia, Wales - at the northern edge of the Gwydir Forest, Snowdonia, Wales, facing towards Cefn Cyfarwydd. The summits include Crimpiau (1558 feet) and Craig Wen (1798 feet) The lake can be reached by car only from Trefriw in the Conwy valley, and on foot from Capel Curig. I took this photograph about an hour before sunrise, the mist was so heavy. I was a little worried it wouldn't settle down before the actual sunrise, which in the end beautifully lit up the distant mountains.