05/04/2017

A Photographer's Insight - Appreciating the Wilderness

Mynydd Troed (Mun-ith Troyd, the 'DD' sound is a hard 'th' sound)

Mynydd Llangors (Mun-ith Llangorse, the 'LL' sound is made much like the english 'L', but blowing air out the side of your tongue aswell)

Pen-Y-Fan (Pen-A-Van)

Corn Du (Corn dee)

Tor-Y-Foel (Tor A Voyl)

Clawd Coch (Cloud Coc- the 'CH' sound is like you are coughing up spit, but a 'ck' sound will do. Known locally as 'The Bryn')

Fan-Y-Big (Van-A-Beeg)

And this one  will get you...

Bwlch Y Ddwyallt (Boolc Uh Thwee-Alt)

Until last year, I had only climbed half of these, and this is still pretty weak for someone who has lived in the area for 20 years or so. Take a look at my Instagram account to see some of the shots from my walks.

Most of the people who we cater for come for the walking and to escape the hustle and bustle of city life or work. This is something I am planning to do a bit more of and explore. After all, we aren’t on this planet for long and I haven’t even seen 10% of what it has to offer yet!

I look at local photographers who are leaders in capturing the stillness and quiet of the Brecon Beacons (See Finn Beales, Alun Wallace, Anthony Pease, Adam Tatton-Reid, Daniel Alford and Nick Jenkins for inspiration), although everyone's photographic styles are wildly different, their photography evokes a kind of reminiscence in me.

While I love taking my camera with me on walks, and wherever I go, I love my sleep more and as we are all in bed the early hours of the morning, these photographers are awake sneaking the best hours before anyone stirs, as the sun rises.

The mountains are quiet, the fog hangs low in the valleys and the birds are chattering quietly, these are things that have been going on long before we were here, and will be long after we are gone. You can only really admire this kind of appreciation for nature, in nature.

I can say from first hand experience, taking a walk in the quiet forests, or conquering that mountain in thigh high snow, does feel pretty amazing!

What are your favourite locations? Have you got some shots from your walks that you really like?

(Photography and blog post by Lucy Gold)