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Wales

Steve Stamford | Aber Falls 3

Aber Falls 3

Located amongst the Berwyn Mountains Pistyll Rhaeadr is the tallest waterfall in Wales (and England) with a fall of around 120ft. A very popular tourist attraction that is accessed via a small, often single track road that means an early start is essential if you wish to park and enjoy a less cluttered visit.
Steve Stamford | Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls

The shutter speed here was chosen to show softness in the water. That same image with a faster shutter speed is also available. At Trefriw you will find Fairy Falls as the river Crafnant drops approximately 25ft then continues its course to be a tributary of the river Conwy. A little upstream some of the water is diverted to power a small hydro plant for the adjacent woollen mill. The name Fairy Falls comes from the imaginative Edwardians and Victorians who had a fascination with fairies who they believe have an affinity with waterfalls.
Steve Stamford | Path to Penmaenmawr 1

Path to Penmaenmawr 1

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. The view here is one of the paths up to Meini Hirion (Druids Circle) with a view across Conwy bay.
Steve Stamford | Penmaenmawr view 1

Penmaenmawr view 1

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. The view here is taken from one of the paths up to Meini Hirion (Druids Circle).
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 1

Meini Hirion 1

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Penmaenmawr Sunset 1

Penmaenmawr Sunset 1

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion), seen here as the sun sets.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion aerial 3

Meini Hirion aerial 3

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion). Captured here from my drone, I am a CAA permit holder for commercial use.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion aerial 1

Meini Hirion aerial 1

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion). Captured here from my drone, I am a CAA permit holder for commercial use.
Steve Stamford | Fairy Falls 2

Fairy Falls 2

The shutter speed here was chosen to capture sharpness in the water. That same image with a slower shutter speed showing a milkier look is also available. At Trefriw you will find Fairy Falls as the river Crafnant drops approximately 25ft then continues its course to be a tributary of the river Conwy. A little upstream some of the water is diverted to power a small hydro plant for the adjacent woollen mill. The name Fairy Falls comes from the imaginative Edwardians and Victorians who had a fascination with fairies who they believe have an affinity with waterfalls.
Steve Stamford | The stream

The stream

This stream is largely created with the outfall of a small (750kW) Pelton wheel hydro power plant and goes to show that power generation does not have to be ugly.
Steve Stamford | Path to Penmaenmawr 2

Path to Penmaenmawr 2

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. The view here is one of the paths up to Meini Hirion (Druids Circle) and amazingly is the only 'road' to two dwellings.
Steve Stamford | Conwy castle at night

Conwy castle at night

Conwy castle is a very impressive fortification that was built between 1283 and 1289 as part of a larger plan to create a walled town.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion aerial 2

Meini Hirion aerial 2

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion). Captured here from my drone, I am a CAA permit holder for commercial use.
Steve Stamford | Fairy Falls 3

Fairy Falls 3

At Trefriw you will find Fairy Falls as the river Crafnant drops approximately 25ft then continues its course to be a tributary of the river Conwy. A little upstream some of the water is diverted to power a small hydro plant for the adjacent woollen mill. The name Fairy Falls comes from the imaginative Edwardians and Victorians who had a fascination with fairies who they believe have an affinity with waterfalls.
Steve Stamford | Long way down

Long way down

Having climbed to the top of the hill to see Meini Hirion (Druids Circle) at Penmaenmawr in Wales there is of course the long descent. Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Amazingly this is the only 'road' to two dwellings.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 2

Meini Hirion 2

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Resting at Llanddwyn 2

Resting at Llanddwyn 2

The small yachts Eira and Michette at anchor off Llanddwyn Island, Wales.
Steve Stamford | Resting at Llanddwyn 1

Resting at Llanddwyn 1

The small yachts Eira and Michette at anchor off Llanddwyn Island, Wales. The old lighthouse, long replaced by a larger one on the island sits at the top of the ridge.
Steve Stamford | Llanddwyn gate landscape

Llanddwyn gate landscape

On Llanddwyn in Wales there are several of these rather fabulous wooden gates, most of which, including this one - you can simply walk around, but then where is the fun in that?
Steve Stamford | Llanddwyn gate portrait

Llanddwyn gate portrait

On Llanddwyn in Wales there are several of these rather fabulous wooden gates, most of which, including this one - you can simply walk around, but then where is the fun in that?
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion aerial 4

Meini Hirion aerial 4

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion). Captured here from my drone, I am a CAA permit holder for commercial use.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 3

Meini Hirion 3

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Resting at Llanddwyn 3

Resting at Llanddwyn 3

The small yachts Eira and Michette at anchor off Llanddwyn Island, Wales. The old lighthouse, long replaced by a larger one on the island sits at the top of the ridge.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 4

Meini Hirion 4

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 6

Meini Hirion 6

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Aber Falls 2

Aber Falls 2

Located amongst the Berwyn Mountains Aber Falls is the tallest waterfall in Wales (and England) with a fall of around 120ft. A very popular tourist attraction that is accessed via a small, often single track road that means an early start is essential if you wish to park and enjoy a less cluttered visit
Steve Stamford | Penmaenmawr Sunset 2

Penmaenmawr Sunset 2

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion), seen here as the sun sets.
Steve Stamford | Meini Hirion 5

Meini Hirion 5

Penmaenmawr is a small town in North Wales on the Conwy coast. Possibly its most well known feature is the Druid's Circle (Meini Hirion).
Steve Stamford | Bridge at Fairy Falls 1

Bridge at Fairy Falls 1

This bridge is on the circular walk at Fairy Falls in north Wales. I liked the perspective and symmetry this image offered.
Steve Stamford | Aber Falls 1

Aber Falls 1

Located amongst the Berwyn Mountains Aber Falls is the tallest waterfall in Wales (and England) with a fall of around 120ft. A very popular tourist attraction that is accessed via a small, often single track road that means an early start is essential if you wish to park and enjoy a less cluttered visit.
Steve Stamford | Bridge at Fairy Falls 2

Bridge at Fairy Falls 2

This bridge is on the circular walk at Fairy Falls in north Wales. I liked the perspective and symmetry this image offered.
Steve Stamford | Aber Falls cascade slow shutter

Aber Falls cascade slow shutter

Just a few yards down from the Aber Falls the water cascades down a series of tumbles, each offering unique beauty. A slow shutter speed here provides a soft, milky effect and a faster, sharper version is also available.
Steve Stamford | Aber cascade fast shutter

Aber cascade fast shutter

Just a few yards down from Aber falls the water cascades down a series of tumbles, each offering unique beauty. A fast shutter speed here provides a sense of movement whilst still maintaining some sharpness, a softer version is also available.
Steve Stamford | Standing stones portrait

Standing stones portrait

Near Treaddur you will find these standing stones which are believed to go back to somewhere around 2,000 BC. Now they stand as silent guardians, leaving us to wonder who placed them there - and why
Steve Stamford | Standing stones landscape

Standing stones landscape

Near Treaddur you will find these standing stones which are believed to go back to somewhere around 2,000 BC. Now they stand as silent guardians, leaving us to wonder who placed them there - and why
Steve Stamford | Trefignath

Trefignath

Believed to be over 5,000 years old this is one of the 3 burial chambers at Trefignath on Anglesey, Wales. Neolithic tools have been found on the site and it is thought to have been is use for over 1,000 years. This is a composite image that uses a sky from Skylum.
Steve Stamford | Great Orme head

Great Orme head

As seen from Llandudno Pier, Great Orme Head. There is a scenic road here complete with toll, but if you can read a map it is clear there is a free of charge way too.
Steve Stamford | Trefignath burial chamber

Trefignath burial chamber

This scheduled monument is believed to date back to 4,000 - 2,000 BC and has 3 distinct chambers that were, and remain aligned with solstice sunrises.
Steve Stamford | Trefignath burial chamber 2

Trefignath burial chamber 2

This scheduled monument is believed to date back to 4,000 - 2,000 BC and has 3 distinct chambers that were, and remain aligned with solstice sunrises.
Steve Stamford | Great Orme sheep

Great Orme sheep

A ewe and young lamb look on with the puzzled look that only a sheep has trying to decide if it is worth spending the energy needed to run away.
Steve Stamford | Bardsey island

Bardsey island

The stunning view from the headland of the Lleyn Peninsula with Bardsey island in the background.
Steve Stamford | Rocky headland

Rocky headland

On a clear sunny day the view from the headland at the Lynn Peninsula is quite something.
Steve Stamford | View from the headland

View from the headland

On a clear sunny day the view from the headland at the Llyn Peninsula is quite something.
Steve Stamford | Wales Coast Path

Wales Coast Path

The Wales Coast Path is a spectacular walk as the name suggests, around the welsh coast. The section you see here is on the Lleyn peninsular which is about as far west as you can get without getting wet.
Steve Stamford | Pistyll Rhaeadr portrait 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr portrait 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Top of Pistyll Rhaeadr falls

Top of Pistyll Rhaeadr falls

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Pistyll Rhaeadr portrait 2

Pistyll Rhaeadr portrait 2

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 2

Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 2

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Head of Pistyll Rhaeadr 1

Head of Pistyll Rhaeadr 1

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Head of Pistyll Rhaeadr 2

Head of Pistyll Rhaeadr 2

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 3

Pistyll Rhaeadr landscape 3

Pistyll Rhaeadr is a rather stunning location in Wales and is the largest waterfall in the country falling some 240 ft in a series of drops, the largest of which is around 130 ft. The walk to the top is 'interesting'.
Steve Stamford | Welsh flag landscape

Welsh flag landscape

A bright Welsh flag fluttering in the wind at Llandudno, North Wales.
Steve Stamford | Welsh flag portrait

Welsh flag portrait

A bright Welsh flag fluttering in the wind at Llandudno, North Wales.
Steve Stamford | View from Pennard Castle portrait

View from Pennard Castle portrait

Perched on the top of a valley and overlooking 3 Cliffs Bay in South Wales are the remains of Pennard Castle. To its north and west are the kind of sheer drop that would thwart even a goat, but sadly not sand. It seems the sand blowing up into and around the castle finally led to it being abandoned around the end of the 14th century. This image is also available as a square orientation.
Steve Stamford | View from Pennard Castle square

View from Pennard Castle square

Perched on the top of a valley and overlooking 3 Cliffs Bay in South Wales are the remains of Pennard Castle. To its north and west are the kind of sheer drop that would thwart even a goat, but sadly not sand. It seems the sand blowing up into and around the castle finally led to it being abandoned around the end of the 14th century. This image is also available as a portrait orientation.
Steve Stamford | Four falls walk waterfall 4

Four falls walk waterfall 4

This beautiful waterfall is in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. An energetic walk very well worth the effort.
Steve Stamford | Sgwyd yr Eira Waterfall 3

Sgwyd yr Eira Waterfall 3

Waterfall of the snow. This most beautiful waterfall is in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. The footpath actually goes behind the curtain of water too so the brave, and those who don't mind getting just a little damp, get a most unusual view.
Steve Stamford | Sgwyd yr Eira Waterfall 4

Sgwyd yr Eira Waterfall 4

Waterfall of the snow. This most beautiful waterfall is in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. The footpath actually goes behind the curtain of water too so the brave, and those who don't mind getting just a little damp, get a most unusual view.
Steve Stamford | Four falls walk waterfall 3

Four falls walk waterfall 3

This beautiful waterfall is in the Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales. An energetic walk very well worth the effort.
Steve Stamford | Ceunant Mawr waterfall pool

Ceunant Mawr waterfall pool

This rather beautiful waterfall is accessed via a path from Llanberis. It can also be seen from the very popular Snowdon mountain railway as it passes over a viaduct that is just a few yards to the right and more than a few yard above.
Steve Stamford | Ceunant Mawr waterfall

Ceunant Mawr waterfall

This rather beautiful waterfall is accessed via a path from Llanberis. It can also be seen from the very popular Snowdon mountain railway as it passes over a viaduct that is just a few yards to the right and more than a few yard above.
Steve Stamford | Bryn Celli Ddu

Bryn Celli Ddu

The mound seen here is a reconstruction of a very much older and larger burial mound after the original neolithic mound was excavated in 1928. It is possible to walk inside and many people do - often bearing and leaving small items relevant to the Pagan faith system.
Steve Stamford | Brecon woodland walk

Brecon woodland walk

This is a relaxing image of a path through the Brecon Beacons National Park. Part of the 'Four Falls' walk it is described as 'strenuous' - they aren't kidding.
Steve Stamford | Pennard Castle gateway

Pennard Castle gateway

Perched on the top of a valley and overlooking 3 Cliffs Bay in South Wales are the remains of Pennard Castle. To its north and west are the kind of sheer drop that would thwart even a goat, but sadly not sand. It seems the sand blowing up into and around the castle finally led to it being abandoned around the end of the 14th century.
Steve Stamford | Off with her head

Off with her head

This is one of a series of wooden art pieces on the Llandudno town trail and is of course the Queen of Hearts, one of the major characters in Alice in Wonderland.
Steve Stamford | Saint Tudno church 3

Saint Tudno church 3

A rather beautiful and now sadly unused chapel that is now known simply by the location - Great Orme Cemetery. Great Orme Cemetery Chapel was built after the original church of St Tudno's suffered major damage and fell into dis-repair. When St Tudno's was eventually repaired by a local benefactor some years later this building in turn was left to waste away
Steve Stamford | Porth Colman

Porth Colman

Porth Colman in Wales used to be used by coastal trading vessels that would tie up, wait for the tide to go out and the boat be aground, then unloaded / loaded. This situation was improved in 1913 when a mechanised system of pulleys and steam engine was introduced.