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Mid April in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales, and the trees are just starting to put out their fresh leaves following the deep freeze of winter in the mountains.
A relatively mild, sunny Saturday also brought out the day trippers, my wife Liz and I included, to enjoy the beauties of early spring in Snowdonia.
Like bears emerging from hibernation, we took in the scenery like those who had been visually starved for weeks, driving around some of our favourite spots, getting out to stretch our legs and take some welcome photographs.
Our explorations took us up over Pen-y-Pass and on down the Pass of Llanberis towards the twin lakes of Llyn Peris and LLyn Padarn.
Occupying a strategic position inbetween the two bodies of water is the semi-ruined Dolbadarn Castle, now consisting of a tower and a collection of broken down walls set against an impressive mountain backdrop.
But on this occasion my eye was drawn to the trees surrounding the approach to the tower, with their fresh, new foliage acting as a visual counterpoint to the unchanging stone monolith that is Dolbadarn.
Filename - dolbadarn castle 02
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 102mm
Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f8, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.
Location - Dolbadarn Castle, Llanberis, Snowdonia, North Wales
Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - Tripod, remote release and mirror lockup used to prevent camera vibrations.
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