2021 was certainly an improvement on 2020 although my photo trips were still limited. There were still no long trips like my 2019 Northern Ireland and Wild Atlantic Way photo road trips.

The 2021 Year of Favorite Photos shares those from this year’s trips which were to two areas only. Most are from the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales with just one from the Peak District National Park.

2021 Favourite Photos

I have included links that will take you to more information and extra photos from each trip. For those of you who have not been able to follow this year’s trips, it is an opportunity to catch up. Please take a look at any that attract your interest.

Cregennan Lakes – Snowdonia

I’ll start in Snowdonia and a day trip to the Captivating Cregennan Lakes. This was not my first trip to this National Trust location which is one of the quieter hot spots of the National Park. Although reasonably busy on the day there were still many sections of the walk I took where there was no one else around.

My favourite from Cregennan Lakes surprisingly is not of the wider vistas showing the lakes and the surrounding hills/mountains but of an island in the large lake. It is known by some as Dragon Island due to one of the trees growing on the island having a windswept head part of which resembles a dragons head – hopefully, you can all see it. It’s in the upper right-hand side tree.

Cregennen Lakes
Dragon Island – Cregennan Lakes – Snowdonia

On my journey to Cregennan Lakes, I passed through Blaenau Ffestiniog and my attention was drawn to the vibrant invasive rhododendrons intermingled in the myriad of slate heaps. I just had to stop to take a few shots some for inclusion in my “Intimate Landscapes” Collection. It was about the time that the Slate Industry of North West Wales received recognition as a World Heritage Site so I felt it quite appropriate to write about it.

slate landscape
Invasive Species

Further to those vibrant colours of the rhododendrons on the next two trips, similarly vibrant colours of the Summer heather became the prominent feature. This was the first time I have made a point of visiting locations with the main objective of including the heather in the photo.

Conwy Mountain – Snowdonia

It all started with a visit and walk up to the Colourful Conwy Mountain on a glorious Summers day. There are a few photos that I like from there but I am sticking to my objective of one from each trip and this one just won out.

Conwy Mountain
Great Orme from Conwy Mountain – Snowdonia

Surprise View – Peak District

I hope you all like heather because there was more to come on my only trip of the year to the Peak District at the Spectacular Surprise View. I did capture a nice photo of the wide vista of what is the Surprise View but I still prefer this photo of the Mother Cap rock formation and a Silver Birch which is close by the view on Millstone Edge.

Mother Cap – Millstone Edge – Peak District

The Glyders – Snowdonia

Back to North Wales now and my Glyders Challenge with 9 hours of hiking and climbing including a few stops for photoshoots and food and drink breaks. On this trip, my son and grandson joined me. Yet again I was fortunate enough to have beautifully clear weather for most of the day so was able to fully appreciate the epic views of the Glyders and the surrounding Carneddau and Snowdon mountain ranges.

This was another difficult choice for my favourite but decided on one taken from the summit of Glyder Fach. I was able to include many of the surrounding mountains including the famous Castell y Gwynt(Castle of the Winds) rock formation and Snowdon and its Horsehoe; in the background upper left and Glyder Fawr centrally in the background.

Castell y Gwynt from Glyder Fach – Snowdonia

Cwm Penmachno – Snowdonia

The heather was back for the final trip in North Wales but not strictly in the Snowdonia National Park. Keeping away from the Snowdonia “honey spots” which had been particularly busy this year due to more people having to holiday in the UK due to the pandemic I visited Cwm Penmachno. Cwm Penmachno is a beautifully vibrant green valley that comes to an end close by to what was once one of the most remote slate mines in Wales. This time I have selected a wide shot of the valley taken from halfway up the track that eventually leads to the remote mine. This has been long since abandoned and is now been repopulated with trees. grasses and of course in these locations the ever-present heather.

Cwm Penmachno
Cwm Penmachno – Snowdonia

Now comes the even more difficult decision as to which 2021 photo I should choose as the cover image for this post. Hmm not sure as they are all favourites for differing reasons. Do I choose the most technically correct one, the location or the most enjoyable trip? Still not sure but I am going with the Glyders photo just because I had wanted to visit there for a long time and to do that on a day with such clear views and to have my son and grandson along it just seems to stand out as the epic day of photo trips.

Of course, I will be interested to know what everyone else’s 2021 favourite is so please let me know in the comments section below. For each of you who share your favourite and sign up to receive my Latest News and Updates in the sidebar, you will be entered into a draw where the winner will receive a free 18″ x 12″ print of the photo they favourited.

Hopefully, I will be able to make longer photo road trips in 2022 and if I do those that have signed up will be the first to know. In addition, there will be more special offers during the course of the year.

As usual, all images are available to purchase on paper, acrylic, or metal and even framed from my Galleries and Print Shop.

Happy New Year !!!

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