Quick Blast: Alexandra & Moel Tryfan Quarries

After a busy day at work the weather man said it would be a decent evening for photography, so how could I refuse? With little time to wander round I headed somewhere easy – Moel Tryfan. I always like going to Fron, it’s a strange little village but with so much interesting stuff surrounding it! Anyway, I got to the quarries and it was still spitting rain, but there was some great light from the low sun over Caernarfon so I got snapping.

I only made a quick pass through the pits and out to the top of Alexandra quarry and back again before running out of light but it did allow a few half decent photos and a good idea of what to see next time I’m in the area.

As an aside I was most gutted to see that the Vron Quarry Mill has been demolished. It was still standing last time I visited the area, and I’d hoped to get a snap or two on this visit. Still it’s that ever changing nature of these places that draws me back. Anyway, on with the pictures!

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Moel Tryfan Quarry Moel Tryfan Quarry
Alexandra & Moel Tryfan Alexandra & Moel Tryfan
All Yellow II
Moel Tryfan Quarry Moel Tryfan Quarry Moel Tryfan Quarry Moel Tryfan Quarry Moel Tryfan Quarry
Moel Tryfan Quarry Cors Y Bryniau / Alexandra
And it was all yellow Cors Y Bryniau / Alexandra
Moel Tryfan
Cors Y Bryniau / Alexandra Moel Tryfan & Alexandra
Moel Tryfan & Alexandra
Alexandra & Moel Tryfan Moel Tryfan & Alexandra

Chwarel Yr Eifl

Seemed a bit breezy at home, but that wouldn’t stop me, I was more worried about the cloud cover. Trouble was it was blowing a gale up in Llithfaen as I set off for Yr Eifl! I managed to make it there though and was amply rewarded! There was a mist over the horizon allowing masses of light rays which made for a great backdrop, with fast moving clouds creating a dance of light across the landscape all around. If only I’d had a little more time I’d have loved to make it down to the crusher house and explore the interiors of some buildings on site, but never mind, I’m more than happy with what I came away

Yr Eifl o'r Bwlch
Nant Gwrtheyrn o'r Bwlch Chwrael Yr Eifl
Chwrael Yr Eifl
Chwrael Yr Eifl Chwrael Yr Eifl
Chwrael Yr Eifl Caergybi, Ymhell ar draws y môr Chwarel Yr Eifl Chwarel Yr Eifl
Chwarel Yr Eifl

More procrastination!

Sorry, sorry, sorry! I am ashamed I have been away for so long. Basically I bought a project car – meaning all the days where I’d normally be out with a camera were taken up wielding tools and swearing at my new purchase, then I damaged my old ankle injury again which further hindered things, but anywho, the car is in the paint shop and I’m back to hobbling about with the camera!

I managed to make it to Maenofferen in Blaenau in March, though I clean forgot to post about it here (another sorry!), followed by an unsuccessful venture in Golwern due to manky weather and then just the other night I decided to head over to Trefor to watch the sun go down, so here’s a selection.

Maenofferen Slate Quarry
Sled Track Diffwys Casson Slate Quarry
Diffwys Casson Slate Quarry
Maenofferen Slate Quarry
Smithy Valley of Man
Diffwys Casson Mill 6
Sunset @ Trefor Sunset @ Trefor
Trefor Sunset, Red Sky Green Water

As always, prints are available at http://www.quarryscapes.co.uk

An afternoon in the Meirionydd Gold belt

Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach

Not half as fun as you’d think that’s to the weather! After severe storms on Thursday ravaging Gwynedd I figured waterfalls would be a sure bet on Firday, so I headed down to Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach in the hills behind Ganllwyd. I’m not a fan of dull weather waterfalls that seem oh so popular with amateurs but on this occasion there was no choice, the weatherman lied about clear skies and rain was the order of the day.

Pistyll Cain & Rhaeadr Mawddach

No matter, the falls are difficult to photograph anyway as all the best angles are made impossible by the topography of the area.

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On the way home a little dejected I was treated to a slight consolation prize in the form of some pleasing colours over Trawsfynydd, which I think makes up for the poor form at the falls.

Llyn Trawsfynydd
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Sneaking industry into beauty

Bluestones

Something I try and do every day, but rarely is it as effective as this. This is the beac at Trefor. At first glance it’s a typical seascape – but delve deeper and you have 3 Granite quarris and an Iron mine present! Don’t belive me? Well in the background are Tyddyn Hyweland Tan y Graig quarries, in the mid distance is the jetty of the Eifl quarry and the area on the right was the stock yard. Immediately behind the camera is the Morfa Iron mine which is said to run out under the sea, and did at one time use the Eifl quarry tramway too.

So there you go, there’s industry everywhere!

[Prints available here]