|"A Cold Orange" Eryri © Glyn Davies 2010|
"A Cold Orange" is the Western flanks of Snowdonia with the huge mass of Mynydd Mawr beyond, taken in late afternoon light on a freezing cold winter's afternoon on Elidir Fach.
"I trudged higher up the hill, no rush, just savouring the sounds and textures, fascinated by the remnants of old industrial machinery en route. It was lovely breaking that virgin snow with every footstep, for a short time at least feeling like I am the only person ever to set foot there. I was eventually overlooking Llanberis and Snowdon and I was impressed by the monochromatic textures of rock and snow, countered by the soft colourations of clouds and sky. By 3.45 I was still about 400ft from the summit but the intense black clouds over Anglesey were now widespread, high and broad, in fact I could only see the first few miles onto the island. The sun was now dropping and not far above Snowdon's foothills. I knew it would drop behind the hills soon creating a rapid darkening on my hill and a drop in temperature so tempting though it was, and not having a head-torch with me, I decided to enjoy a leisurely photo walk back down the hill instead. I'm SO glad I did, The light became warmer, pinker and more intense. The shadows became darker and the contrast increased."