Category Archives: Brecon Beacons

A New Alarm-Call Record For Sunrise

Glyn Tarell from Craig Cerrig-gleisiad

The earliest I have got up for sunrise was 3:30am, but this morning’s sunrise expedition needed an alarm call of 2:45am, setting a new record!!! I had been out to Craig Cerrig-gleisiad with my father on my birthday on Friday to check out some potential panorama spots. The weather had been very hazy and not conducive for landscape photography, but I found a good spot. A quick check on the Photographer’s Ephemeris showed that the ……

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My First Visit to Fan Nedd

The View from Fan Nedd with Corn Du and Pen y Fan in the distance

It has been a very busy time recently with continuing sorting out my Uncle’s estate, an exhibition, fulfilling orders from my website and my sister’s wedding in France. It means that I haven’t been able to get out since April to take any new photos, but this week I have finally been out – not once, but twice with a possible third time this evening! I have never been to Fan Nedd before, so decided ……

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Llyn y Fan Fawr with Gemini, Auriga and Perseus

Llyn y Fan Fawr with Gemini, Auriga and Perseus

Last week, I spent a few hours in very hostile conditions on the Carmarthen Fan – see this blog post. After I came down from the summit of Fan Brycheiniog, I spent 1.5 hours by the lake working on various compositions. By midnight, I was getting rather tired so decided that it was time to walk back to the car. There was snow on the shore of the lake, although the lake wasn’t frozen. Every ……

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Fan Brycheiniog with the PANSTARRS Comet, Andromeda Galaxy, Cepheus, Cassiopeia and Vega

Fan Brycheiniog with the PANSTARRS Comet, Andromeda Galaxy, Cepheus, Cassiopeia and Vega

The latter part of this winter has been brilliant (winter is my favourite season) and, whilst I was disappointed by the first snow in January when it was overcast and misty, the March snow has stuck around with a lovely high pressure meaning clear skies. Thanks to all this, I was able to make this exposure.

Fan Brycheiniog with the Milky Way, PANSTARRS Comet, Andromeda Galaxy, Cepheus, Cassiopeia and Vega

I decided that I would go ……

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Corn Du and Pen y Fan at Night, Snow and the Andromeda Galaxy

Pen y Fan from Corn Du at Night

For quite some time now I have been wanting to photograph the stars in the Brecon Beacons with snow on the ground. There are several factors involved for this to be successful – the moon must be new and below the horizon, there must be no cloud, there must be snow on the ground and my wife’s shift pattern means I can only do this on 26 weeks of the year. When I saw the ……

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Infrared on Moel Gornach

Summit cairn on Moel Gornach, Black Mountain

The wet weather has finally broken so, being half term and my wife working, I took my two children (2yrs and 5yrs) for a walk in the Brecon Beacons. We walked a short 1.5 miles and ascended 135m to have morning snack at 616m asl on the summit of Moel Gornach. The children were brilliant and enjoyed every second of the walk. I even managed to get some photography in using my Infrared camera. This ……

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My First Visit to Cribarth

Cribarth with Fan Ghyirych in the background

Pretty much every time I drive to the Brecon Beacons, I see the “Sleeping Giant” or Cribarth but I have never walked to the top. I decided it was time to rectify that so parked in Craig-y-Nos and started the trek to the summit. The forecast was for 50mph winds, and they weren’t wrong! I had to put my full wet-weather gear on to keep the wind off. I had thermals, fleece lined trousers, micro ……

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