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Cader Idris #5

Cader Idris and Cregennan Lakes to the south of the Snowdonia National Park, Wales

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With a two hour drive to get there from our home in North Wales, the southern half of the Snowdonia National Park is an area that my wife Liz and I visit only once or twice a year.

To make the most of our trip we usually go in summer, when the weather forecast is favourable, to take advantage of the long days and to avoid the rain that so often sweeps over this landscape.

Which is just what we did in June 2017, heading south through Bala and on to the stunning Mawddach estuary between the twin seaside towns of Fairbourne and Barmouth.

Just before hitting the coast we take a turn up a single track road to the beautiful Cregennan Lakes, high in the mountains above the Mawddach estuary and surrounded by the peaks of southern Snowdonia, including the famous and popular Cader Idris.

There's a great walk around the twin Cregennan Lakes with some gorgeous views, such as this one, taking in the peat coloured waters backed by the impressive buttress of the mountain and sunlit copse of trees.

An absolutely amazing place, but the weather needs to be favourable to enjoy it fully.

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Filename - cader idris 05.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/50 sec @ f11, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Snowdonia National Park, Mid Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed to preserve highlights. Shadow areas subsequently brightened in Adobe Lightroom.