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Parys Mountain Panorama #1

Parys Mountain opencast copper mine on Anglesey, North Wales

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What lies beneath.

I wonder who first had the idea of digging a hole in the ground near Amlwch on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales, and what they expected to find there?

Mined since the bronze age, the Parys Mountain opencast mine had the honour of dominating the world's copper supply in the late 1700s, and this huge hole in the gound was excavated with nothing more high tech than picks, shovels and gunpowder!

Now a visitor attraction, the walk around this huge mine is like visiting another planet, with the bare bones of the earth exposed below you, shot through with ore bearing layers leaching their various minerals to form a kaleidoscope of multi coloured streaks and swirls.

Of course, as an outdoor photographer, Parys Mountain was a 'must see' for me, so my wife Liz and I spent a happy afternoon exploring the old workings, marvelling at the vivid colours and just the huge scale of the undertaking.

And they reckon there's still 6 million tons of copper ore underneath what's already been extracted - Wow!

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Filename - parys mountain panorama 01

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 20mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Parys Mountain, Anglesey, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Panoramic collage created by stitching multiple overlapping frames together.