Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Always carry a camera....

Somewhere beneath this foggy blanket lies the small mountain kingdom of Trelystan - hidden from view like some earthbound Atlantis. It's down there, tucked into its cleft at the end of the Long Mountain, but not as we know it - otherworldly today.

My photograph does not do justice to the fantastic cloudscape which presented itself this morning. So breathtaking I stopped and reached for the camera. I am standing in bright sunshine and the valley below is lost from view. A few skeletal trees poke out. Corndon can be seen to the left. The temperature is still well into the minus figures.
I take few pictures - the camera shows signs of running out of battery - which may be because of the cold. I snatch a few more - knowing what I want to capture but uncertain of what I have got. What I have got turns out to be decidedly mediocre and I should really go back and take some more.

But there are sticky toffee puddings to be made and home, although swathed in fog, is enticingly warm. I stay in. By mid afternoon the fog has rolled away and we are bathed in sunshine. Now as I type this the light is fading and a thin white mist is creeping up the dingle to close us in. Tomorrow will be much the same I think and I'll take the camera and my party-tired head out for some wholesome creative fun.

New Year's Resolutions? Just the one and achievable I think. Get to grips with the Nikon.

7 comments:

Twiglet said...

I guess we were looking at the same hill from a different angle. Your photos are beautiful. Once the fog lifted, the view from here was like a pale water colour - if only I could paint!

Lindsay said...

A blanket of fog here in North Wilts all day and sub-zero temps. Really good pics!

Nikki-ann said...

Brilliant photos! I left the realms of Mid Wales yesterday and headed up to Snowdonia. Today's been very frosty too, so I went for a walk earlier and my hands were freezing from taking so many photos. I'm in the middle of uploading some of them now. Have you taken any more today?

Cait O'Connor said...

Absolutely amazing pics Mountainear. I have gone mad taking photos too, hope to get more tomorrow.

KittyB said...

Happy New Year! Gorgeous pics. I too have a Nikon and a resolution to read the book that came with it. Some day?!

elizabethm said...

This is really annoying me - this is the third time I have come back to your blog and found the comment I left not here. Don't know what I am doing wrong.
I love your photos. It has been like that here, cold and steely and very very beautiful.
Hope you keep carrying that camera.

snailbeachshepherdess said...

just the weather for you photographers! I'll stay in and keep the kettle on!
Those are lovely pics - sadly G never gets up early enough to see this view - he does the dusk and murky end of the day!