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Tryfan #20

Wild pony foal and Tryfan mountain, Snowdonia, North Wales

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No, this little wild pony foal isn't dead, it's merely relaxing in the sun by the side of the path that leads from the Ogwen Visitors' Centre up to Llyn Idwal in the Snowdonia National Park, North Wales.

As you can imagine, this little fella attracted much attention from passing families, my own included, as we enjoyed a day out exploring the beauties of the Glyderau mountains.

The foal, nor its nearby mother, didn't seem at all perturbed by the fuss people were making as they stopped to take photos. (And who could resist such a scene!)

Now I'm not a dedicated wildlife photographer, but even I couldn't not take a few frames of this rather cute little foal.

However, true to my roots, I contrived to use the dozing animal as a small but important foreground feature in a composition the took in a much larger view.

In this case, the larger view included Britain's favourite mountain, Tryfan, crowned with cumulus clouds and lit with a dappled patchwork of sunlight and shadow.

And then we were on our way again, leaving the little foal twitching in its sleep.

I wonder what it was dreaming of?

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Filename - tryfan 20

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f8, ISO100

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

Location - Glyderau Mountains, Snowdonia, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.