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Carneddau Mountains, Snowdonia Panorama #1

Panorama of the Carneddau Mountains, Snowdonia, North Wales

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New Year's Day 2020 dawned bright, crisp and cold as a ridge of high pressure settled over North Wales.

Perfect conditions then for my wife Liz and I to enjoy a yomp around the Snowdonia National Park.

Our chosen destiniation on this glorious day was the Ogwen Valley, the dividing line between the Glyderau and Carneddau mountain ranges.

Normally when we hike here we follow the crowds up from the Ogwen Valley visitors' centre up to LLyn Idwal and beyond, but on this occasion we decided to try something new.

The 'something new' was the much less popular route up to the hidden Ffynnon Llugwy reservoir, nestled beneath the highest mountain in the Carneddau range, Carnedd Llewelyn.

The route up to the reservoir couldn't have been easier, as there is a tarmaced Dwr Cymru access road all the way to the water's edge, although it was a bit of a thigh strainer in places.

But never mind that, as the views across the rounded peaks of the Carneddau mountains fron our lofty vanatage point were just awesome, with the imposing bulks of Pen yr Ole Wen abd Carnedd Llewelyn dominating the skyline.

The low angled winter sun was sidelighting the mountain slopes, picking out details and forms in the undulating landscape, so it was no surprise that our climb up to Ffynnon Llugwy was punctuated with many pauses while I stopped to photograph the amazing scenery.

This panoramic collage features most of the visible Carneddau mountains, while the foreground winter grasses glowed golden in the warm sunlight under a delicate blue winter sky.

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Filename - snowdonia carneddau mountains panorama 01

Lens - 24-105mm Zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/40 sec @ f8, ISO200

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

Location - Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

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