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'Light Cuts Through Darkness' Carneddau
© RockPhoenix
Date taken: 5th June 2020
VOTING: from 18 votes
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I think most of my family, friends & followers of my work have seen how far I’ve been sinking since lockdown started back in Africa in March. I haven’t coped that well with losing access to one of the main cures for my darkness, getting out into the landscape & nature. It’s been a real battle internally and I felt I was losing a grip on what life was about, so many waves of loss, fear and entrapment.
So with the latest minimal change to Welsh lockdown rules, and the ability to drive five miles to meet friends or get exercise, it’s been euphoric for me. My first walk up a small hill, just to be in the mountains again, was as if it was my first time! My heart literally was pounding with excitement and I found myself grinning constantly as I ascended the hill. I found it remarkable to just watch my feet in their walking shoes, taking steps up rocks and grass covered slopes. The wind was cold and I’d delayed the start of the walk to allow a heavy hail shower to pass over, but when the June sunshine appeared it bathed me in warmth and joy.
From the summit I was able to see all the major peaks, the Carneddau, Tryfan, the Glyderau, Yr Wyddfa, Garnedd Elidir, and even Yr Eifel on the Llyn. A couple passed me on their way down and after an awkward, socially distanced acknowledgement as is the way these days, I saw no one for the rest of the time in the hills. It was the sort of solitude I yearn for, the solitude of choice not the solitude of jail.
Shortly before another heavy hail shower, which lasted almost half an hour, I found myself enchanted by the morphing dark clouds over the Carneddau, even their ominous depth seemed magical and awesome. Quite suddenly an intense beam of warm sunshine split the sombre scene and caressed its way up and over Foel Meirch until it ticked the shrouded summit of Carnedd Dafydd. It was my perfect light, theatrical and dramatic, a play with no characters, just backdrops.
I sat on the summit, alone and happy in my own thoughts
RockPhoenix - 26/Jul/20Report
Like this loads.
Russell Lovett - 27/Jul/20Report
Thanks so much Russell for your uplifting compliments - much needed at this time - you’re a star for taking the time to comment
RockPhoenix - 27/Jul/20Report
Delighted to have sold a print of this to an author in America, whilst I was climbing at Penmaenbach this evening! Love sales that come in when I'm living my climbing life.
RockPhoenix - 30/Jul/20Report
What a superb photo. For me it really captures what the Carneddau are like and feel like
profitofdoom - 02/Aug/20Report
Thank you ProfitofDoom - there are so many beautiful places in the world but for me at least, without crazy weather and unusual light there can be so much less emotional response to the place. The drama of the weather so often makes locations so much more memorable.
RockPhoenix - 02/Aug/20Report
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