This May I spent some time in Snowdonia National Park exploring the southern portion of this beautiful part of Wales. I was a guest of Pentre Bach, taking some photographs of their holiday cottages. It was not all work though, I was lucky enough to be able to explore nearby Cregennan Lakes, and experience the stunning misty weather as an inversion settled over the valley below.
The photographs below are just a sample of what Cregennan Lakes had to offer that evening, the mist rolled in and out, sometimes sinking back other times rushing forward to envelop everything in its path. Eventually, it encased us, just before the sun had set.
Exploring Cregennan Lakes in South Snowdonia National Park
Misty Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park: Described by the National Trust as ‘remote unspoilt mountains steeped in history, deep wooded valleys and spectacular estuaries’ Cregennan and the surrounding hills which overlook the Mawddatch Estuary are a wonderful place to explore. Photograph details: 1/200th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Dusk at Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park: While there was a thick inversion over the Mawddatch Estuary. The peaks behind me were catching the broken light as it penetrated the clouds. Photographing when the light is this soft is so much fun. Photograph details:
Dusk at Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park: Cregennan Lakes is owned by the National Trust and can be found the northern slopes of Cader Idris. Sitting around 800 feet above sea level, the area overlooks the Mawddach Estuary. Photograph details: 1/125th sec, F8.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park, Wales: The area is a renowned photography beauty spot but on this particular evening, myself and a fellow photographer friend (Revolving Horizon) had the place to ourselves. Photograph details: 1/125th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 70mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park, Wales: The National Trust owns two hill farms where sheep farming is managed the traditional way. Photograph details: 1/15th sec, F11.0, ISO100, 14mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
Cregennan Lakes, Snowdonia National Park: Cregennan Lakes is home to two natural lakes. The largest lake, next to the car park, has a beautiful situated island. Fly and spin fishing is practised at this lake, where only wild brown trout can be found. The smaller lake, stocked with blue and rainbow trout is a fly-fish-only lake. Photograph details: 1/50th sec, F5.6, ISO100, 150mm, shot using an Olympus OM-D EM5.
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