Ice & Snow on the Black Mountains

Here are a few "snaps" from a wonderful ridge walk on the Black Mountains today around Mynydd Bychan and Y das.

 

Ash & Stile

I see this ash tree several times a week - it is on the ridge above Park Wood near Talgarth in the Black Mountains of Wales.  I love the way ash leaves glow when the sun shines through them.

 
 

Autumn Sunset in Park Wood

A walk in the woods a couple of days ago in a very soft evening light..... 

Glasbury Arts Exhibition

Last few days of my exhibition in the Drama Studio at Gwernyfed High School, Three Cocks.

"We again have an exciting line up of exhibitors including: two paintings from the significant contemporary art collection at Cyfarthfa Castle Museum and Gallery; internationally renowned surrealist painter Alan Salisbury will be exhibiting for a third time; one of Wales most exciting abstract painters Brendan Burns will be appearing for the first time, and the range of talented artists from Clyro Life Drawing group will provide a major feature. In addition our exhibition will include the display of work at the River Café Glasbury by one of the UK’s leading photographers Richard S. Greatrex."

"At Gwernfyed High School drama studio a unique piece by Cai Harris will be displayed. Responding to his A levelbrief to deconstruct and then reassemble in an artistic style, Cai turned to nature to create a stunning work, which will be complemented by a selection of Mark Zytynski's beautiful photographs of trees"

Cwm Mynach

I've just returned from a couple of days up in the Rhinog Mountains of Wales photographing a woodland for the Woodland Trust.  If you are in North Wales this is well worth a visit and it's just off the Mawddach estuary - another bonus!

Here's a sample ....

Cynon Valley Museum

I had an enjoyable day with my solo exhibition at the Cynon Valley Museum last week.  This former Ironworks in Aberdare is a wonderful museum and is about to be taken over by the local community after staving off a threat of closure.  It will be opening to the public in September - details here....   

Ancient Mountain Ash

On a common in the foothills of the Black Mountains I came across this ancient tree - a Rowan or Mountain Ash.  It must be many hundreds of years old.....

 

Curious Quercus

Last Spring I noticed a vibrant yellow-leaved tree just across the River Usk from the Nantyffin Cider Mill Inn.  I tried to capture it but there were too many intervening trees spoiling the shot. The tree is in the grounds of the Glanusk Estate and this year, with kind permission from Harry Legge-Bourke, I have my chance!  The leaves have just started to sprout and here are the first few shots taken on an overcast day.  

This is one tree that will look magnificent when the sun shines through its full leaf canopy...  It's a species of smooth(ish) barked Oak - Quercus Rubra Aurea.

 

A walk above the "Dragon's Breath" .......

I had a wonderful walk a few days ago during the cold weather....  around the foothills of the Black Mountains taking in Park Wood, Talgarth enveloped in freezing fog and up and over Rhos Fach and Rhos Fawr commons in bright sunshine with the valleys below shrouded in fog - known as the "Dragon's Breath"! 

 

Black Mountains Snowfall

View from the footpath above Park Wood, Talgarth - my regular walk from home!

 

Gathering Winter Fuel - Log Piles

So many textures, shapes, highlights, shadows......  a visual treat!

You can buy a print from the CATALOGUE

 

The Snows of Christmas Past

Because we don't have any this year (yet)!

 

Trees above Talgarth

There is a low ridge opposite my studio in the Black Mountains of Wales where I can see a number of beautiful trees every day.

I regularly walk amongst these trees hoping to catch the light.

Here is a selection.......

 

A Young Ash Tree above Park Wood

I regularly walk up on the hills above my studio near Talgarth and have seen this young ash tree establish itself over the last few years.  Let us hope it will avoid the ash dieback disease and the emerald ash boring beetle - both of which are forecast to wipe out most ash trees in Britain over the next 20 years!

 

Above the Fog

Sunday 1st November 2015 - Above the fog on Rhos Fawr Common, Black Mountains, Wales.

A beautiful birch tree in its autumn colours and a "Fog Bow"....

 

A "Fog Bow" is formed the same way as a rainbow - by diffraction of the sun's rays through water droplets - but because the droplets are much smaller in fog the overall effect is mostly white.

 
 
 

Autumn in the Olchon Valley

Here are some autumn images from the Olchon Valley on the border between Herefordshire and the Black Mountains in Wales. 

This valley was used as the setting for Owen Sheers' debut novel, Resistance (Faber and Faber, 2007), where,  in an imagined 1944 in which Russia fell and the D-day landings were unsuccessful half of Britain is occupied. In the isolated Olchon Valley, a group of farm women, abandoned by their husbands and sons, are forced to endure winter alongside the occupying force. 

This image, taken from the foot of Black Hill, won the Photographer of the Year award at the Spring Greens Fair where I called it....

Borderland
A field, some trees and a mountain
 
 

 

Autumn at Glanusk

Spent a wonderful autumn morning shooting trees on the Glanusk Estate today....

 

The Steam Gallery at Beer

I am now showing at The Steam Gallery/Marine House at Beer, Devon!!  The owner saw my work in The Dragon Inn in Crickhowell and asked me to take some down to Beer.  I did this last week and have already sold 3 works!  Brilliant!!


 

Cwm Dŵr-y-coed

A beautiful day in a beautiful little valley in the Black Mountains - overlooked by Mynydd Bychan...