Mostly Scotland with bits of Wales

17th August 2014
It's been an awful long time since my last blog, much longer than I had realised. I guess that's partly because it's a busy time of year for me. I've had university exams, and then summer arrived, so I made the most and went on two big long trips (one 4 weeks, the other 3 weeks) - but more on them later. The other reason I've not blogged for a long time is because, frankly, I'm useless at keeping up to date with these things!

Just before easter, Em and I decided to head down to the Black Mountains (near Abergavenny) for a few days of general peace and quiet in the countryside. Of course neither of us went without a camera...

Llanthony Priory is somewhere that Em had been a few times as a child so had many good memories of the place, it would have been rude not to wander around the ruins and take a few photos of what as left. The light was particularly interesting in the way that it cast itself and shadows around the wonderful work of the old stonemasons.

Whilst in the area I couldn't resist the odd landscape. Unfortunately the weather was less than ideal, giving us very little to work with on any of the sunrises or sunsets we experienced, there was a brief bit o light on Twmpa (Or Lord Hereford's Knob, if you really insist on being the english person in Wales) one morning.

A couple of weeks later I was heading south again, this time to the Mynydd Climbing Club's Easter meet in Cornwall. We headed all the way down to St. Just, which lies just a few miles from Lands' End and had a great week of climbing on the Cornish granite.

A good friend of mine, Colin Foord has had 2 hip replacements in the last couple of years. He was planning to come to Cornwall at easter and had set himself a target of climbing Saxon, a classic HVS of the area. I went along to take some photos, A pretty inspirational performance!

Back in Bangor and exams were looming, leaving me feeling a little pressured. For me one of the est ways to relax is to get out and take a few photos, so that's exactly what I did - in the Llanberis Pass.

Another few weeks of slaving away and my exams were over and done with; time to get out shooting again! I had a month long road trip around Scotland with Em planned for a few days time, but between the end of my exams and leaving for Scotland I had a couple of days. Just enough time to squeeze in a trip onto the hills with Nick Livesey, a good friend and great landscape photographer from Capel Curig. We had hoped to go climbing rather than photographing, but the fact that Nick threw himself down a set of stairs brought on the end of that idea. Instead we walked up onto the summit of Carnedd Llewelyn via Pen Llithrig Y Wrach and Pen Yr Helgi Du for a wonderful sunset. This was the first chance I'd had to try out a new camera bag I'd got. It was a Lowepro Rover Pro 35L AW, and it was brilliant (see my previous blog post for a full review), I was really looking forward to taking it to scotland in a few days time!

(Photo courtesy of Nick Livesey Mountain Images)

Two days later and we were off, heading north to the Highlands! I'm not going to go into great detail on the trip - We'll be here for days if I do!

We went past Loch Lomond and up towards Glencoe.

But not without a brief detour into Glen Etive.

Then on to Skye, after a night in the stunning Corrour Station House Restaurant, A place that everyone should visit once in their life.

From there we got the boat over to Uist and spent a few days there.

Then headed north onto Harris and Lewis.

The boat then took us from Stornoway back to the mainland in Ullapool, via an amazing pod of 50 or so feeding dolphins! We headed about as far north as is possble: Sandwood Bay.

And then back down again. The weather had turned by this point and we barely saw a thing for 10 days, other than An Teallach poking out of the clouds one evening.

The poor weather roughly coincided with the day we were planning to leave, so that's exactly what we did. We headed home via the Lake District and shot a beautiful sunset of the Hartsop Fells there.

Back in Wales, and the weather has been doing all sorts, from moody evenings at South Stack to wonderful sunsets in the mountains.

Since then I've been on a 3 week climbing trip to Switzerland, where the weather was so bad that we bailed to southern France fairly quickly. Unfortunately I didn't really getn any photos of that. But whilst I was away, something very exciting happened, I got hold of a Mamiya RB67 medium format film camera. I'm really excited to see how that turns out! I sent my first two rolls of film off for developing yesterday, so hopefully i'll soon be able to see some results!

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