Pass of Llanberis, Snowdonia, Wales
Just round the corner from The Peak District National Park…sort of! This is a photo of a mountain road in Wales. The Pass of Llanberis runs through the mountains providing a spectacular view, and runs past Mt Snowdon
To take the photo, I scrambled up the side of the mountain to get a decent view, and also to get me off the road! And I used a 200mm lens, which helps give that kind of aerial view.
I was on a bike and it can be a bit scary as there is no hard shoulder that cyclists can use, so traffic comes round a sharp bend and sees a cyclist in front of them….I especially hated the tourist busses and lorries because you could hear them a mile off, but they took forever to reach you, so you are forever looking over your shoulder!
View towards Bala, Wales
This is the view from a country road heading towards the town of Bala in Wales. Taken on the same trip as the Peak District photos, a few weeks apart from each other.
I was cycle touring and looking for a place to sleep…I was prompted to stop because of the wonderful views, and at the same time I spotted a pine forest to my right with a gravel road leading into it. When you are on a bike and you want to take photos, there is not the time to amble into a town, find a place to stay, and come back again to take some photos. And that is partly the fun and enjoyment of cycling, you can stop…take a load of photos, often in a place where you would never spend much time or even stop. Then when the sun is going down, just pitch a tent for a nights kip and amble into town the next morning….hell for some, I admit…but heaven for others!
Sheep on Kinder scout, Peak District National Park, Derbyshire, England, UK
I was minding my own business taking a photograph of something or other, when the sheep in this photo (unknown to me) stood behind me – silently – and let rip a really loud ‘baaaah’! Which made me jump out of my skin! When I turned round this photograph is what I saw…just a sheep staring at me. But it was a photo opportunity, and maybe that is what it wanted…who knows!?