Lily Pads

On many occasions we have to take life as we find it. Same goes for photography. Those who have the foresight, have done the research, or just strike it lucky are the fortunate ones.

Today’s images are an example of being just a few days too early. These were taken on a June day four years ago on the edge of Snowdonia in N Wales. I had never been to this precise spot before and so it was a day of treading new ground. I was heading up through Cwmorthin to high ground just north of the Moelwyns to visit the deserted Rhosydd Slate Quarry and explore the moorland area north of there.

DSC_7164_1I came across a beautiful little lake – Llyn Cwmorthin. The Horsetails hugging the shore were at their best – a forest of green. They featured in a previous post ‘At the Edge of the Lake’. Just beyond them were a spread of Lily Pads.

DSC_7151Yellow buds hinted at the colour that was imminent and that, sadly, I would not see. But even without the buds they were a beautiful sight.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Lily Pads

  1. oneowner says:

    Great shots, Andy, but you’ll have to go back to see the buds open up.

  2. Lisa Gordon says:

    I just love lily pads and water lilies. Unfortunately the deer ate all of ours this year! 😦

  3. Len says:

    Buds or no buds, very compelling images Andy

  4. Such a beautiful place, Llyn Cwmorthin! Imagine living there your whole life, though. As much as I would love to spend time at a place such as Llyn Cwmorthin, I certainly wouldn’t want to spend the rest of my days there. What hardship and hard work those people faced. I can only hold respect for those that did. Great images, even if you didn’t get “more” than the buds.

    • LensScaper says:

      This whole area has history, Otto. This was at the heart of the slate mining and quarrying industry for which this area of N Wales has been famous. I wrote about it in a lengthy post called The Powder House: https://lensscaper.wordpress.com/?s=the+powder+house. If I had turned around from the point the images were taken, then I would have seen derelict miners’ cottages. And if you carry on walking past this lake and then up a steep incline to the plateau high up that is where the main mine and quarry were. A fine spot in summer, but a desolate place in winter. One can only imagine the hardship endured by those who worked up there. Many thanks for commenting, Otto.

  5. Great looking place to go hang out and grab some lovely photos, as you’ve done here. Wonderful set of images, Andy.

  6. shoreacres says:

    The lily pads are lovely, but I confess to being most taken by the horsetails and the slate. They’re worlds apart, but the buildings and the scattered rock remind me of the Kansas Flint Hills, where rock fences abound, and most old buildings were made of stone taken from the fields. It’s a geologic version of waste not, want not.

    • LensScaper says:

      This area has a rich history of slate quarrying and mining, Linda. Slate was used for traditional stone walling and as building materials for house roofs and walls. What you don’t see just at this point is the vast waste or spoil heaps of the slate that was quarried but could not be used. In fact I think the rock behind that little deserted cottage may be a spoil heap. I wrote a post about two years ago that linked this area with the coast and described how explosives reached this place. You might be interested in that. Here’s the link: https://lensscaper.wordpress.com/?s=the+powder+house Thanks for commenting, as always, Linda.

  7. Chillbrook says:

    Smashing images Andy. Shame to miss out on the flowering but still very beautiful! Something very special about lily pads.

    • LensScaper says:

      This was a beautiful spot and all the prettier for the fact that around it and higher up there were scenes of dereliction and the detritus of the old quarry.

  8. Love this post! I just love the sea of green you’ve captured here, and those abandoned cottages are full of raw artistic tension that pulls at my heart! Great work here, Andy, absolutely top drawer!

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Toad. The sun makes such a difference to a site like this. You might have seen my comments and links at the end of the post mentioning the association of this place with the Slate mining and quarrying industry. This was an area of great hardship for those who worked, or rather I should say slaved, in that tough environment.

  9. Meanderer says:

    How lovely. The lily pads looks so fresh and vibrant.

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