Yr Wyddfa from Cwm Gafr, Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales

Yr Wyddfa from Cwm Gafr, Llanberis, Gwynedd, Wales

My walk on the day that I brought away this image on film started under cloudy skies. That may prove hard to believe, but it never ceases to amaze how a dull start can become a wonderful ending over the course of a day. In fact, these can be evening more special than if the whole day was sunny because heat haze would then spoil things. Changeable conditions often are better for photography as this example shows.

Of course, a good subject helps too and Snowdon's crumbled mass of rock looks resplendent in the superbly directional light. There may be shadows, but they give the scene a certain something too. For those seeking such things, there is plenty of the airy stuff though some, like me for instance, may prefer less drama. Maybe that explains why I ascended the hill using the Miner's Track from Pen y Pass and came down the gentler Llanberis Path. Even on the latter, you still need to watch your footing because slipping over rocky buttresses like those in the photo will not leave anyone in the better of it. It's small wonder then that crampons and ice axes are mandatory kit for exploring Wale's highest mountain when full winter conditions of snow and ice decide to pay a visit. Beauty and danger can coexist though not so much on a benign evening in April.

See more photos from this album (Hills of Snowdonia)