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Snowdon Summit Pano

South View from Snowdon Summit
By Leigh Cousins 18/07/2016
Canon 5D Mark II 16-35 USM 19mm F/9 1/200second ISO100


A tick on my list of things to do, Snowdonia in North wales has been on my mind for some time now and I finally got the chance to visit! Sometimes when you visit a beautiful place and struggle to pick out any bad points you feel privileged to be there. The people of North Wales are amazingly freindly as I slowly got used to greeting each and every person I passed, stopping on occasions to chat to the locals. The streets are calm and clean, I found myself picking up the odd piece of litter because it really didn't look right... Thinking about how someone could even drop it!
The main attraction in Snowdonia is the amazing Snowdon mountain which is the 2nd highest mountain in the UK at 1085 metres above sea level. There are several ways to get to the summit and after carefully researching each one I took the bold decision to choose the easiest path, also known as the Llanberis Path.



Llyn Padarn Lake

After roughly half an hours walk up LLanberis Path you can look back and see Llyn Padarn Lake and the City of Llanberis istelf. To the right is the Dinorwig slate quarry and Elidir Fawr mountain.



Llanberis Path 1



Llanberis Path 2

Another half an hour up the path the ground becomes a little more pleasant to walk but I was slowly starting to feel the stones underfoot through my inadequate trainers!



Halfway House

Half way up the path you pass a small shop conveniently named 'Halfway House' that is open during the summer, seems like a welcome relief to know that your almost there.



Llanberis Path 3

As expected, the path continues up... At this point I found that keeping your head down and thinking about something else helps to ease the pain that was starting to creep into my legs and feet.



In The Distance

Some lovely views in the distance. I am not sure what the name of this mountain is but I love the way the parallax depth of field works here.



Llyn Padarn Lake View

Must be over 2 hours now and the view back to the start seems a long way away, the views are simply amazing and its about now the excitement starts to build.



Snowdon Lakes 1

The Lakes
By Leigh Cousins 18/07/2016
Canon 5D Mark II 16-35 USM 25mm f/9 1/160second ISO100


Another hour later and the summit is in view but don't forget to have a look to the left, here you will see the fabulous lakes called Glaslyn, Llyn Llydaw and Llyn Teyrn. You can also see a couple of other paths up Snowdon Mountain called the Miner's Track and Pyg Track, these paths are much more difficult but take less time, it all depends on your fitness!

Lake View 2


Snowdon West View

West View from the Summit
By Leigh Cousins 18/07/2016
Canon 5D Mark II 16-35 USM 16mm f/9 1/50second ISO100


As you can imagine the views from the summit are stunning, far greater then I expected even after looking at pictures. This view is looking West, you can see the sea and beach and even Ireland on a clear day, I was lucky enough to have planned this trip perfectly as the weather was gorgeous.



Snowdon Skyline Pose

A Moment in Time
By Leigh Cousins 18/07/2016
Canon 5D Mark II 16-35 USM 19mm f/9 1/320second ISO100


As a photographer, this has by far been the hardest challenge I have had to do, but so rewarding. Out of the abundance of views you will eventually find your niche and once you do it feels like a weight lifted of your shoulders, as if the trials and tribulations of your daily life seem so small and you have achieved a status far greater where the sheer scale and beauty makes you realise what this world has to offer and how we are only a pawn in the process. So many thoughts yet such a clear mind!

Snowdon Skyline

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