Project 25×9, because some photos deserve a wider perspective …

Towards Cadair Idris (25x9 version)

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The House At The Foot Of The Mountain

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

I know I’m biased, but what a beautiful shot this is by Mrs H, looking up the Llanberis Pass, to end the week. (I think that’s Cae Gwyn right at the foot of the shot).

Have a great weekend, and I’ll be back on Monday with more photos from Snowdonia. And, as a bonus, there’ll be some great 25×9 format shots from our holiday starting tomorrow!

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The Llanberis Pass In The Snow

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

We both stood at the foot of the Llanberis Pass for a bit, enjoying stretching our legs in the bright sunshine after the drive up from our home in South Wales, wondering whether or the pass was clear all the way up. We needn’t have worried, as the steady procession of coaches coming down the pass attested to it being nice and clear.

It was only during the drive up that we realised that the coaches weren’t coming down the pass, but were instead apparently coming from some sort of outdoor centre just around the corner!

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The Path Up The Mountain

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

From the Menai Straight, we headed south to Llanberis, the village that sits at the foot of Mount Snowdon. We weren’t sure what conditions would be like – the Llanberis Pass had been closed when I’d last checked the day before. But it was open, and we were able to get some photos before we drove up through the pass.

The eastern side of the foot of the pass is dominated by Electric Mountain, the Dinorwig Hydro-electric Power Station that we studied as kids in school. The power station is built on the site of a disused slate quarry, which I believe is the Dinorwic Quarry.

From the pass, the snow highlighted these strange and distinctive pathways up the side of the old quarry face. This is the best of my efforts to pick them out and capture them.

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Menai Suspension Bridge and a Snowy Snowdonia

My current theme is Snowdonia in the Snow at Easter, with guest photos by Mrs H!

The Menai Straight is a body of water that separates the Isle of Anglesey from the mainland of North Wales. It’s spanned by two bridges: the Britannia Bridge (which we’ll see in a couple of weeks’ time), and Telford’s Menai Suspension Bridge. In the background are the mountains of Snowdonia, shivering in an unseasonal heavy fall of snow.

I’ve tried my hand at this shot before, back in 2003 with the Nikon D100. Things did look a lot warmer back then!

Menai Suspension Bridge and Snowdonia

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Towards Cadair Idris

I’m back! Had a bit of a break due to several hospital appointments all arriving at once. All of that is over for the time being.

Not only am I back, but this time I’m not alone. Mrs H and I spent Easter 2013 up in Snowdonia, enjoying the wonderful sight of the Welsh mountains after heavy snow. We both had our cameras with us, and over the next few weeks I’ll be including shots taken by both of us on the blog.

To get started, on the drive up to North Wales we stopped at Cross Foxes (what a fantastic name!) to enjoy the wonderful view of the ever-mighty Cadair Idris mountain and sub-peaks rising in the distance. One day, I want to go back when it’s sunny and enjoy the walks in the area; it’s something I haven’t managed to do yet.

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A shot taken from the excellent venue for the PHPNW 2012 conference. Compare this with the View From The Bar that I took at the php|cruise conference back in 2004:

The View From The Bar

That’s the amazing thing about conferences … not only can you bring people together, but you can also draw them to great places.

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Leaving Bath via The Lower Bristol Road

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

To bring this theme, and my time in Bath to a close, I’ve picked one last shot … this is the road I’d walk along every day to get back to Bath Spa Railway Station and catch the train home to Cardiff (when it eventually turned up). I’ve already made that walk for the last time, and now it’s on to the future and making a new life in Reading.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photography.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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The Roof of Green Park Station

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

When things get to me, or I just need space to think, I like to get out for a bit of a walk (well, a hobble since the car crash), and one of my favourite places would be the Avon tow path down by the former Green Park railway station. Today, the station is a mixture of a supermarket, the supermarket’s car park, and lots of little shops and offices, but look up at its roof, and it isn’t hard to imagine what it must have been like back in the age of steam.

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If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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Waiting For Its Next Victim

This week, I’m afraid that I’m going to be indulging myself in a bit of nostalgia, because, after three and a half years helping to run Gradwell, I’m leaving Bath for pastures new. This week’s wallpapers are some of my fondest memories of Bath. You can also find more photos of Bath here and here.

Beware the skies above Bath! They are home to a small population of gulls and pigeons, and from time to time, tourists (and the odd hard-working software developer …) have ended up getting covered in crap from them. Thankfully there’s an excellent dry cleaners’ on Westgate Street should it ever happen to you too.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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