goHOWiE logo

Llyn Gwynant #4

Hawthorne tree in spring blossom overlooking Llyn Gwynant in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Click on the image for licensing terms

The story behind this image

Spring in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park, North Wales on a rare sunny day.

I'm so blessed to live within easy distance of this wonderland, so when the forecast is favourable my wife Liz and I can just jump in the car and be there within an hour or so.

Which is what we did one Saturday in late spring 2017, touring aound Snowdonia taking in the fresh air and sunshine while stopping at some of our favourite viewpoints.

This view is well known and well photographed and shows the Gwynant valley with the lovely Llyn Gwynant nestled below the surrounding mountains.

But what made this view extra special was the old, knarled hawthorne tree in the foreground, battered and twisted by the extremes of weather that occur here, yet still bursting with life during its short blossom time.

Surely a metaphor for hope renewed in the midst of adversity - a lesson for us all.

License this image

Image data

Filename - llyn gwynant 04.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/40 sec @ f8, ISO100

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

Location - Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.