Stormy Brecons

Having been out of action for a week or so with a mild chest infection, I decided it was high time I went out to the Brecons. The forecast was for heavy rain showers in the morning and clearing from midday with snow on the peaks. Perfect as I wanted to get a stormy shot or two! I parked near Upper Neuadd Reservoir and walked up the Gap Road where I wanted to shoot a panorama. I set the camera up just as the clouds darkened behind Pen y Fan:

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Then I attempted the panorama:

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Before I started moving again, I also shot a self portrait:

Walking the Gap Road

Walking the Gap Road

I had spent about 30 minutes in that one spot so headed along the road again so climb Fan y Big where I wanted to get a shot of the Diving Board. It was a long slog up the Gap Road to the base of Fan y Big, but the climb itself to the top was fairly easy. I set the camera up and used the 10 second timer so I could run out onto the Diving Board.

The Fan y Big Diving Board

The Fan y Big Diving Board

The weather had been perfect all morning so I sat down for lunch by the shelter on Fan y Big – then it started to rain and hail so I quickly put my waterproofs on and walked to the next location I wanted to shoot from. It had stopped precipitating by the time I got there, but it was still pretty moody!

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

Corn Du, Pen y Fan and Cribyn

It started to rain again so I started to pack the camera gear away when suddenly a rainbow appeared! I managed to grab this photo before it disappeared:

Fan y Big rainbow

Fan y Big rainbow

The hail then got too much so I decided to call it a day and walked back to the car, feeling hopeful I had some shots I was happy with. When I loaded them on to the computer, I was very pleased with the day’s work!

3 comments

  1. Emma Jones says

    Stunning collection and a great combination of amazing weather, perfect timing and beautiful location. I’m very jealous.

  2. 'Er says

    What an amazing set of photos and what a brilliant day you must have had :-) Good for the soul – and the cardiovascular system and the muscles… Fantastic!

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