I’m back from my eagerly awaited trip to Snowdonia – North Wales with the newly promoted Major Mills. Snowdon is Wales’ highest mountain. Yes there was snow in Snowdonia last week. I have the pictures to prove it.
North Wales is known for the Slate Quarries and was the worlds largest exporter of slate products mainly roofing tiles before the first world war. The Ffestiniog Railway was built to carry the Slate from the quarries around Blanaeu Ffestiniog by the Quarry owner a man called Madox to the port of Porthmadog.
Now there are a hand full of working slate quarries left. Wales has been left with half a dozen or so narrow gauge railways that have been preserved as tourist attractions as a change of use for the infrastructure.
I wanted to convey the mood of the place so the contrast of backlit steam from the locomotive surrounded by the dark and pensive sky did it for me. North Wales is one of the wettest places in the UK hence the darkclouds.
A big hello to all the patient followers of my little blog.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2012