Snowdonia by David Davies

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Snowdonia from the top of Snowdon, the highest mountain in Wales and Great Britain’s highest mountain south of the Scottish Highlands.

(Wikipedia) Snowdonia (Welsh: Eryri) is a region in north Wales and a national park of 838 square miles (2,170 km2) in area. It was the first to be designated of the three National Parks in Wales, in 1951.

The English name for the area derives from Snowdon, which is the highest mountain in Wales at 3,560 ft (1,085 m). In Welsh, the area is named Eryri. One assumption is that the name is derived from eryr (“eagle”), but others state that it means quite simply Highlands, as leading Welsh scholar Sir Ifor Williams proved. In the Middle Ages the title Prince of Wales and Lord of Snowdonia (Tywysog Cymru ac Arglwydd Eryri) was used by Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, whose home was at Garth Celyn on the north coast; his grandfather Llywelyn Fawr used the title Prince of north Wales and Lord of Snowdonia.

Prior to the designation of the boundaries of the National Park, the term “Snowdonia” was generally used to refer to a much smaller area, namely the upland area of northern Gwynedd centred on the Snowdon massif, whereas the national park covers an area more than twice that size extending far to the south into Meirionnydd. This is apparent in books published prior to 1951 such as the classic travelogue Wild Wales by George Borrow (1862) and The Mountains of Snowdonia by H. Carr & G. Lister (1925). F. J. North, as editor of the book Snowdonia (1949), states “When the Committee delineated provisional boundaries, they included areas some distance beyond Snowdonia proper.” The traditional Snowdonia thus includes the ranges of Snowdon and its satellites, the Glyderau, the Carneddau and the Moel Siabod group. It does not include the hills to the south of Maentwrog. As Eryri (see above), this area has a unique place in Welsh history, tradition and culture.

Olympus OM-2, 50mm 1.2


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I’ve been an amateur photographer for as long as I can remember, which at my age is about a couple of weeks! I’ve owned film cameras from Zeiss, Scheider, Leica, Nikon and Olympus, as well as digital cameras from Pentax and Canon, and still have several, if I can ever find them. I currently use a Sony NEX-5N with an 18-55mm zoom lens, and after a year of ownership am still learning all the functions.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful landscape view David,

  • Thank you, Tom!

    – David Davies

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Magnificant view!!!

  • It’s a glorious place to visit, Cheryl.

    – David Davies

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 4 years ago

    Gotta love these top-of-the-world shots.

  • And just imagine, at some time all these mountains were covered by trees!

    – David Davies

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkalmost 4 years ago

    Like a postcard David! Lovely! :-)

  • Thanks, Lori, I just love this part of Wales.

    – David Davies

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 4 years ago

    Great scenery David. Well captured Mate.

  • 1stImpressions
    1stImpressionsalmost 4 years ago

    another winner

  • Thanks, Steve, it’s one of my favourite places!

    – David Davies

  • SPFisher
    SPFisheralmost 4 years ago

    wow!!! so beautiful

  • Raymond Kerr
    Raymond Kerralmost 4 years ago

    Great capture ..

  • Thank you, Ray.

    – David Davies

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful image David.

  • Thanks, Jacqui!

    – David Davies

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 4 years ago

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