Outdoor & Road Trip

Swallow Falls in Wales

May 30th, 2016.

We had a good start to our day-trip with a stop at Conwy Castle and its medieval ramparts, followed by the slightly weird St Grwst Church.

After this we headed into Snowdon Park and were immediately stalled.

We had arrived just in time for what was theoretically the busiest weekend of the year in Wales. AND it was sunny, something that happened only rarely in Wales, and equal to the thrilled locals, never increasingly than three days in a row. So EVERYONE was out and about. Although a number of interesting walks presented themselves we could not find a single parking spot ANYWHERE – Betws-y-coed and Bangor Bethesda were veritably chock-a-block with people.
Mossy slopes at Bangor Bethesda in Snowdon National Park, WalesSome quick shots and we were out of there.Mountain ridge at Betws-y-coed in Snowdon National Park, WalesWithin the park was the ‘private’ Swallow Falls, with an admission. There we were finally worldly-wise to find parking. I had wanted to try some really long exposures on my quasi-adjustable point-and-shoot camera. Of undertow it was sunny and unexceptionable the whole day which made it difficult to get a long exposure. Swallow Falls in Wales, standard exposureNo luck with motion blur.Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesSomewhat largest results blurring the darker untried waters.Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesI might plane try to a painting of this wondrous untried water. Swallow Falls in Wales, trying out motion mistiness on my Canon Point and ShootThe sparkle of golden coins in the water.golden coins just unelevated the water of Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesAnd a warning of what will happen to you if you try to remove any of them.Warning sign: leave the golden coinsin the river alone! Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesMore golden coins…golden coins just unelevated the water of Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, Walesand golden bubbles…golden frothing in my Somersby Cider at Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesMy Somersby Cider and Al’s beer.Somersby Cider & a beer at Swallow Falls in Snowdon National Park, WalesThese rhododendrons are theoretically invasive but like many invasive species got their start considering they were beautiful.