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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Walks and wildlife

March is flying by so fast!!! It's been a busy time work wise but it will soon be the Easter break which means 2 weeks off for me so I'll have more time to do what I really love.  I am lucky that I can get out and about on my days off and now that the nights are drawing out I can just about manage a walk after walk before it gets dark.  There has been a mixture of weather this month with snow here and there and a bit of glorious sunshine and even T shirt weather which is always a good thing!


I love hill walking and Moel Famau is only short drive in the car for me so I'm lucky to be able to get my hill fix even when I can't get further afield to Snowdonia or the Lake District.


There have been snowy days.....





and there have been some lovely, warm sunny days....



....glorious sunsets.....



and days full of atmosphere in Snowdonia .....





a day for watching planes at the Machynlleth loop



... days for painting mountain hares ...



and a day for a stroll around the zoo



Thursday, 3 March 2016

Short eared owls

Winter brings an influx of short eared owls to this country from the continent and many go to coastal areas to overwinter.  Living on the North Wales coast and close to the Dee Estuary we are in a great position to be able to see them fairly locally and my latest wildlife journal page features studies of them using Gary's photos as reference.


It is always a memorable and magical experience to see any owl in the wild and the only British owl I haven't had good sightings of is the tawny owl but I'm hoping I will get to see one this year.

I would also like to share with you a deliciously loose watercolour landscape that an artist friend of mine painted from one of the photos I shared in my last blog post.

Llynnau Mymbyr by Leona Fraser


The working week is now over for me but the weather's not looking great for walking tomorrow so I don't think I'll be going too far so I may get some extra painting time in. 

Thanks for popping by.

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

A beautiful day in Snowdonia



After a busy 6 days of Forest School Leader training last week, it was finally my day off on Sunday and the forecast was looking good so we set off early for Snowdonia with the intention of walking up Moel Siabod.  The weather didn't start as promised and we arrived at the summit in cloud but after a coffee on top and a wander the clouds cleared to give breathtaking views.

The view back to Crimpiau, Crieigiau Gleision and Pen Llithrig yr Wrach from the slopes of Siabod

Moel Siabod summit trig point

The view from the summit towards the Snowdon horseshoe

The view down to Llyn y Foel and across to the Clwydian hills in the far distance

Snowdon Horseshoe

Gary taking a photo of the Snowdon horseshoe from the slopes of Siabod