The Beast From The East

Well, I guess with all the snow we had recently you are expecting lots of snowy photos of Gower… However, I think we are the only place in the country that didn’t get snow. I’ve tried to found out why and it’s apparently our location. When snow comes from the north and east, the Brecon Beacons trap the clouds and they dump all the snow before they get to us. It seems the only way we can get decent snow is if it comes from the south, and that’s fairly rare as it is normally warm air that comes from that direction. So, with all that disappointment of not being snowed in, we headed to Rhossili where the webcam showed a little bit of snow. As we neared Rhossili, the snow suddenly started to get deeper and the snow drifts were very impressive!

Rhossili Snow Drifts

Rhossili Snow Drifts

If you look closely at the photo above, you’ll see the left hand side of the road has disappeared completely! When we arrived at Rhossili, I was like a kid in a sweet shop – I didn’t know what to photograph first! I calmed myself down and set about objectively taking photos. This was my favourite view along Rhossili Bay.

Rhossili Bay

Rhossili Bay

I knew that I now had to get up onto Rhossili Down to photograph Worms Head. I climbed as quickly as I could, only falling over once. I was the first person to see this view – there were no other footprints!

Worms Head, Rhossili Bay

Worms Head, Rhossili Bay

With these photos in the bag, we left and drove towards Caswell and Langland, but there wasn’t any snow there. Disappointed, we headed up the valley to Melincourt Falls where we knew there would be snow.

Melincourt Falls

Melincourt Falls

With the light failing, we headed back home.

The next day, we walked to Sgwd Gwladys to see how frozen it was. When I saw the scene, I knew where I had to be and that was in the river. I walked straight it through the deep channel and to this spot.

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus

Sgwd Gwladus

After this, the weather turned and the ice started to melt very quickly. Whilst we didn’t see the deep snow like some people, The Beast From The East gave me some photos that I am very happy with.

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