Great to see photography being promoted as one of the many activities to take part in during National Parks Week which runs from 29th July till 4th August. The National Parks website includes a list of their Top 15 favourite panoramic photography spots, one for each of the National Parks. I have to admit that panoramic images are not something that I have ever tried to capture on my travels but one of the suggested locations does at least feature in my portfolio, that being Whitesands Bay, in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park captured here at sunset a few years ago.
To celebrate National Parks Week I have featured below some of my favourite locations in the National Parks.
Still, in Wales and the National Park, I know best, Snowdonia. I have spent many satisfying days walking there but unfortunately, most of the time not concentrating enough on the photography but more on the walking and taking in the fantastic views.
The view below of the Snowdon Horseshoe has got to be one of the best in the British Isles and certainly, one that I am sure would make an excellent subject for panoramic photography. This view is normally captured from a more accessible location close to the road near Plas-y- Brenin, the National Mountaineering Centre but my image was captured after scrambling through the woods on the south side of Llynnau Mymbyr onto the open hillside at the base of Moel Siabod. The snow was the first of the winter of 2010/11.
Although my visit to the Brecon Beacons in 2011 was short and I didn’t manage to capture the images of the mountain areas that I would have liked I did benefit from some fairly heavy rainfall which made it an ideal time to visit “Waterfall Country”. This is the best series of waterfalls I have visited and is on the southern outskirts of the Park. I would highly recommend a visit especially after heavy rainfall but do be careful as the paths and areas around the falls can be particularly treacherous at these times. The image below shows “Lady Falls or Sgwd Gwaladus.
Moving on now to England and one of the most popular National Parks – the Lake District. In 2011 the Lakes celebrated its 60th anniversary so I decided to join in the celebrations by taking a week-long photo trip. One of the highlights of that trip was my walk up to Angle Tarn although I have decided that an image of the nearby, less well known Satura Crag should be the one to be representative of that day and the trip. This location would also make another great spot for anyone wanting to capture a panorama of the Lakes hills and mountains.
North York Moors
The next Park to feature is the North York Moors from a trip last year and a view that I will always remember is the one of Ana Cross which I was fortunate to visit just after very heavy rain and with another downpour approaching rapidly in the distance. Ana Cross is very accessible only being about a one-mile walk from the main road and with plenty of car parking.
My final Park in England is the Broads in Norfolk and an image from Spring of last year. Whilst not the most visited mill on the Broads, that accolade going to either Turf Fen or Horsey probably because they are more accessible, I have chosen an image of Brograve Mill which has far more character due to its dilapidated condition and its more remote location.
Loch Lomond and The Trossachs
Last but not least in Scotland I have chosen the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and an image captured in early Autumn from the eastern shore of Loch Lomond in the Rowardennan area. You can just see the Rowardennan Lodge in the background. An amazing tree is well placed to provide framing and foreground detail and even with a perfectly placed branch giving a nice lead into that magnificent view up the loch.
What a fantastic view to end this short trip around some of our National Parks and having visited all of our National Parks I can say that they all have their own special landscape characteristics and photographic opportunities which are certainly worth exploring at any time of year not just during National Parks Week.
If you have yet to visit the Parks and you are looking for a photo guide to assist you in capturing those memorable locations please do not hesitate to contact me for further advice.
In addition and for the duration of National Parks Week only, any or all of the above images can be purchased as prints to frame yourself or as mounted or framed prints or on canvas at a 20% discount. Just select the image you wish to purchase and enter the code NPW13 at the checkout to receive your discount.
You can see further images of the National Parks by visiting the Galleries and Print Shop.