Llyn Llydaw and Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, Wales

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Llyn Llydaw, Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, Wales, UK copyright: charles kenwright/ www.openmind-images.com

Llyn Llydaw, Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, Wales, UK copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

Another image of Y Lliwed and the ruins of the copper mines. This time it´s a two shot panorama using a 28mm lens. On the left is the reservoir, Llyn Llydaw. I´m not sure if the miners who toiled there all those years ago had much time to take in the grandeur of this Welsh mountain cwm, probably not, but it´s a wonderfully impressive place. And, for me, a black and white landscape – maybe it´s got to do with it´s history, maybe it´s the monochrome power of the massive cliffs on Y Lliwed, maybe it´s both, anyway, here it is, in all it´s black and white grandeur!

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Copper Mine, Snowdonia, North Wales

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Copper Mine and Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, North Wales. copyright: charles kenwright/ www.openmind-images.com

Copper Mine and Y Lliwedd, Snowdonia, North Wales. copyright: charles kenwright/ http://www.openmind-images.com

I´ve often walked past these ruins of the old copper mines on the Miners Track. I was usually on the way to do a climb on Y Lliwedd or in winter, one of the Trinity snow gullies on Yr Wyddfa, Snowdon. But this visit I wanted to photograph them, hopefully with some moody lighting. The weather was clearing as I got there, but at least there were still some clouds above Y Lliwedd in the background.

There´s a tremendous sense of history here. Industrial history with the copper mine, mountaineering history with Y Lliwedd. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th Centuries Y Lliwed was one of the prime crags for the still young sport of rock climbing.    It´s a big crag, one where it´s easy to get off route on. There is also mythological history here too,  King Arthur is rumoured to be buried in a cave somewhere on the Y Lliwedd face, ready to spring forth when the kingdom is in danger.