Monday, 16 July 2012

Chasing Welsh Dragons

We embarked on an adventurously short trip last week combining outdoor pursuits, some much needed peace, tranquility and a little dragon hunting in the mountains and valleys of Wales.

Lake Vyrnwy, no internet connection, no moblie phone signals, no texts, nobody knew we were here, the only sounds were distant birdsong amid the rumble of incoming clouds. The magical fairytale view from Lake Vyrnwy Hotel & Spa I had seen online only days before and I knew instantly that it was where I needed to be, just for few days to shake off my urban alien and get in touch with a more bucolic being.......but there were no dragons here!
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I can't stay still for too long, mind relaxed and chakras realigned I was ready to face some action. With Snowdonia National Park just around some incredibly ginormous bends, we squeezed our way through the green capillaries of welsh country lanes with barely enough room either side of the road for randomly-roaming, long-tailed sheep to pass whilst making their perilous ascents.....but there were no dragons here!






Wild weather moved in, billowing clouds quickly consuming summits to satisfy their mountainous appetites. Up Mount Snowdon, briefly touching the summit before racing down past thundering waterfalls, roaring waterways and desolate hillsides.......but there were no dragons here!



  

I did stop to share my lunch for a while with this delightful chap to whom I explained my quest and he pointed me in the right direction.........there were no dragons here!

  

We followed rivers which tumbled dramatically into the sea......





As the sun went down we came to the conclusion that on this particular day, in this beautiful corner of magical Wales.........

61 comments:

  1. Run into any of the Harry Potter gang? That looks like the bridge for Hogwarts Express train ;) Beautiful countryside! Being simple, I love how many of the road signs in Wales are marked in both Welsh and English.
    Cheers,
    Loi

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    1. Not the HP gang dear Loi but as I stared out of my window into the woods surrounding Lake Vyrnwy one night I'm sure I saw twinkles of mystical light!....oh that rhymed unintentionally!

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  2. Stunningly beautiful! Loved every single image, you captured the beauty of the pretty little country!

    We fell in love with Wales last summer when we visited my paternal homeland with our kids. My husband says he wants to retire there! Wales has everything he loves: green landscapes, beautiful farmland, lots of rain, good gastro pubs, lovely polite people, gorgeous coastline and even the smallest villages had Indian restaurants!

    Thank you for taking us along on your respite!

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  3. What a wonderful place! I visit Cornwall a view years ago, but never been to Wales. I should...
    Markus

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  4. So beautiful. I love these landscapes and will be glad if I could visit GB again.
    Lovely hugs
    Molly

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  5. ...There were no Dragons here!
    Brilliant post - the landscape looks so magical especially the first few images - and that waterfall - absolutely stunning! i think that St. George had obviously got there before you and scared the Dragons away!
    Paula xxx

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  6. Paul: What a beautiful trip and you describe it so eloquently. I'm glad you didn't have to slay any dragons to get there..Happy Monday..Judy

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  7. Dear Paul - another set of beautiful atmospheric photos.
    Now I wonder how many claws a Welsh Dragon has? a pity you did not catch one and then you could have let me know.
    I do know that Chinese dragons have 5 claws, a Korean dragon has 4, and Japanese dragons have 3. This is a useful tip if you are ever trying to identify an oriental piece of work with dragons on it.

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    1. I am fascinated by this information Rosemary, I have made a note and I will keep my eye out to put it too the test.
      From memory (As the dragons eluded me this time of course!)I think Welsh Dragons have four claws, I wonder what their Korean cousins have to say about that!
      Paul

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  8. Dear Paul, wow, that place is so majestic and magical too. Thank God there were no Dragons which will either amuse or scare you. The pictures reminded me of the Harry Potter movie! I hope you had a relaxing, reflective and at the same time fun vacation.

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  9. Gorgeous! It does look like a place dragons would live. Those first several pics are like something straight out of Harry Potter. Maybe you weren't looking in the right places for them?:)

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    1. I think the clouds may have been a great hiding place!

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  10. Paul,
    Glad to know that your inner dragon found peace and calm there. Dragons do pick the best spots.
    How utterly magical it looks.
    pve

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  11. how were you ever able to leave?

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  12. Beautiful photographs. Looks like just the place to restore oneself.

    All best,
    Phyllis

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  13. You photo's look magical Paul. The faded light, the mist & waterfalls......breathtaking scenery! When I look at your photo's they have a high 'Harry Potter' feel to it :-)

    Your walk through Snowdonia national park sounds wonderful. I hope I will be able to do it myself one day. Hope you found the peace you were looking for.

    Madelief

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  14. What a magical lyrical place, your pictures are enchanting. OK, no dragons here...I bet there were lots of fairies and sprites though.

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  15. Stunning photos Paul. Such beautiful country, rough and mystical with the clouds and fog. Enjoy the week! Pamela

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  16. what magical images...so beautiful... xv

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  17. Amazing place to live. I was thinking, does the horse speak Welsh?

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  18. Looks like a wonderful trip Paul. I love the sound of rushing water out in the wilds. One of the most perfect things on earth. The first three photos are incredible. There's no such thing as bad weather just an opportunity to view our world in many dramatic ways.

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  19. So glad you managed to dodge those dragons Paul....loved your photos...just took a deep breath and enjoyed the view.

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  20. Wonderfull pictures.....your blog looks very nice.

    Greetings, Joop

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  21. Great photos all of them!
    Have a nice evening!

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  22. What a magical place to visit! Such beauty and serenity in all your photos. I'm glad you came by my blog for a visit!

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  23. Hi Paul...Lovely photos...My daughter visited Wales a few years ago, and fell in love with the countryside...You certainly captured the beauty in your photos...

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  24. Gorgeous photos, Paul - *note to self - add to places-to-visit bucket list*.

    Love all the wild water, plus the calm of course. Stark contrast to what we're experiencing.

    And capped off with a sublime sunset.

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  25. WAU - with a fantastic picture series you run.
    Wishing you a good day :)
    Hanne Bente

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  26. Wonderful pieces of heaven,Paul!Great photos!

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  27. Hi Paul, thanks for visiting my site i was led here! Going to some place far from the city is also what i miss so much, just like what you did. But i can see it is mostly gloomy where you went to, nevertheless those are lovely waterfalls too. Oh i love to get a very low shutter with them! If only they are nearer.

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  28. That is magical scenery, so different from our mountains here in Colorado. Now I want to visit Wales. Wonderful photos!

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  29. Wow from the mountain to the sea the landscape is so beautiful. The first three photos I could imagine a Loch ness will appear! ^_^ Great shots and thanks for joining Water World Wednesday

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  30. From the mountain to the sea the landscape is so beautiful! The first three photos I could imagine a Loch ness will dramatically appear ^_^ Thanks for sharing the photo the place is beautiful. Thanks for joining Water World Wednesday hope to see you next week!

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  31. What a wonderful getaway, thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. You'll have to go back again to find the dragons :P

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  32. Dear Paul,

    Oh my.

    My oh my.

    Those first three photos have held me captive for days, and I keep coming back to them just to dive into them and stay in the fairy tale for a moment. Because surely they were from a fairy tale...? Surely those views could not possibly exist for real? And if they did, you should have dug your heels in deeper and never left...! I hope you bottled some of the magic to sprinkle your senses with on greyer days to come. Not that I want greyer days to come to you, and perhaps they won't, but just in case...

    "Urban alien" and "bucolic being" - love it!

    Hehe, you made me laugh when you talked about the "blog models" you encountered last weekend. I've got a feeling I know just what you are talking about!!! And I do indeed look forward to the "whole other story"... :-)

    Oh, and the dragon you were looking for, it is hiding in your first water fall photo. I can see its two eyes and part of its nose sticking up through the water.

    Helena

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  33. It looks Brontesque! I'm going to try to step back from the internet this weekend and the iPhone - t's going to be tough.

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  34. wondeful pics! most i love the first ones, but all are great :)

    welcome to *tina´s picstory* :)

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  35. I want to visit Wales so much - to think I grew up so close but we never got to visit - parents had no car and no money after WWII. I didn't leave Devon except on the obligatory school trips (Stratford-On-Avon and London-Thames to view the Magna Carta). I remember how getting the cash for those trips was a hardship too - but of course they were exciting to a young schoolgirl who never went anywhere. Now I'm seeing wonders of the world - literally - and yet places at home, such as your beautiful images show, still call to me.

    Mary

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  36. marvellous landscapes, great pictures! greetings from Belgium, Hilde

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  37. Fantastic pictures, Wales is a stunning place indeed! Joining you through skywatch :)

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  38. While I'm sorry you didn't find any dragons, your photos are magnificent. You've definitely captured the beauty of the Welsh countryside.

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  39. breathtaking images Paul!! Now I'm jealous and need to plan a trip to Wales!

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  40. My Fathers family was from Wales, so I enjoyed looking at your photographs. Very picturesque place and I always find if you can really get away with not any Internet connection or mobile phones for a bit, the holiday can be more relaxing with only the sound of the birds in the trees.

    Happy weekend
    Carolyn

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  41. Wow, wonderful photos! And you have a gift for storytelling too :)

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  42. That's so magical, I almost wouldn't have been surprised if there were dragons there.

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  43. Fabulous photos, in spite of not finding any dragons! Some of the shots made me think of Ireland, and how much I would love to get back there soon!

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  44. Beautiful scenery!! I never visited Wales;now you have me regretting that omission. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  45. Gorgeous pictures! Makes me want to travel.

    Holly

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  46. Glorious captures of a place faraway! Thank you for sharing at YSB this week.

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  47. I love the fairy castle in the lake, I'd love to stay there.
    Mxx

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  48. Nice work! Incredible light Paul!

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  49. Awesome captures, so very beautiful! =)

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  50. Lake Vyrnwy sounds like bliss. No internet, texts or other modern bothers, sign me up!

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  51. Hello Paul

    You blog I love and I am now following, so will not miss anything.
    Your trip to Wales and images are just incredible and I felt like I was walking along with you. The kindness in the eyes of that horse stopped me in my tracks.
    Have a glorious week

    Helen xx

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