Beauty and the Beast

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BEAUTY

Looking across the lake from the Nature Reserve.  

AND THE BEAST

The defunct Nuclear Power Station can be seen on the opposite shore.

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The Message???

“Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky.”
Anais Nin

Photos: Trawsfynydd Lake, Snowdonia National Park, North Wales

Believe It And It Is So

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Last night I dreamed I met the Earth Mother.  She spoke to me from inside a weeping willow tree. [Very symbolic!!] She sounded ancient, weary and sad. When I asked what I could do to help her, she answered: “Please…help my children.” “I will, Mother Earth. I will do whatever I can.”

Changing the world begins on a personal level, with us as individuals. As we begin to live from a higher state of consciousness, to become more aware and awake, we will see the world evolving right along with us. We will be preparing a new earth for our children and grandchildren, and for generations to come.

We must all play our parts in changing the destiny of our world. It will not happen without us. We tend to think that we humans can’t make a difference.  But we can!!  Because we are not just physical bodies. We have the Spirit, the Power, the Essence of the Great Creator living and breathing through our being. All things are possible to God/The Divine/The Great Spirit. He will ensure that all things are possible to us also. All we need do is believe that it is so. Our faith is a powerful catalyst for change.

Alice: “This is impossible.”
Mad Hatter: “Only if you believe it is.”

[Lewis Carroll]

Photos: Monochrome Moss Valley, Wrexham, North Wales 2014

Monochrome Magic

Valle Crucis Abbey
The Haunted Abbey: Valle Crucis Abbey, Llangollen, N Wales
Out of the Mists of Time
Out of the Mists of Time: St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
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Poor Dead Tree, Trawsfynydd Lake, N Wales

“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.”

Rumi

Three of the photos from my Open University Portfolio. 

The Digital Photography Course was the foundation for my photographic journey, which began in 2012

Welsh Castles: Caernarfon Castle

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERASAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERACaernarfon Castle is a medieval fortress in Caernarfon, Gwynydd, North-West Wales.

King Edward Ist of England conquered Wales in 1277 and set about fortifying the rebellious area of  North Wales. He began work on the strategically important Caernarfon Castle in 1283, when the Prince of Wales, Llywelyn ap Gruffydd, mounted an uprising.

The site enabled Edward to control traffic along the Menai Strait – a very important objective for his continued supremacy in the area.

There was a motte-and- bailey castle [a fortification with a wooden or stone keep, situated on a raised earthwork called a motte, accompanied by an enclosed courtyard, or bailey, surrounded by a protective ditch and palisade] in the town of Caernarfon from the late 11th century until 1283 when King Edward began replacing it with the current stone structure. The Edwardian town and castle acted as the administrative centre of North Wales and as a result the defences were built on a grand scale.

There was a deliberate link with Caernarfon’s Roman past – nearby is the Roman fort of Segontium – and the castle’s walls are reminiscent of the Walls of Constantinople.

Caernarfon Castle was neglected until the 19th century when the state funded repairs. It is part of the World Heritage Site “Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd“.

In 1911, Caernarfon was used for the investiture of the Prince of Wales for the first time. He later became King Edward V111. In 1969 the precedent was repeated with the investiture of  Charles, Prince of Wales.

Caernarfon castle is a beautiful castle and well-worth a visit.  

There Is No Going Back Now

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAHeading up the Great Orme in Llandudno by TramSDC12730-2

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SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAThe Ancient Copper Mine

I have lightened the following images of my  underground walk through the mine.  It was seriously dark in there with just a few dim lights along the way.  The tunnels were narrow and the ceilings were very low.   The floor was wet and slippery.

I am highly claustrophobic, so this was really about facing my fear of small dark places.  And it was scary!!  Several times I just wanted to turn around and run for my life!!

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By this time, after about twenty minutes of feeling my way  in almost complete darkness, I was really wishing I had never started.  The thought of being 18 metres below ground in these never-ending dank passageways was frightening.  But I was determined that I would see it through.  “There is no going back now,” I told myself firmly.  I seemed to have come a long way and I had no idea how much longer this would continue.

After a minute or two, I reached some stone steps and I breathed a sigh of relief.  “Well at least I’m heading upwards now,” I said aloud.

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Suddenly I saw a tiny glimmer of light up ahead and I quickened my stepSAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

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At last I was out in the open and I took a deep breath to steady myself.  On one hand I was trembling visibly, but on the other hand I was exultant.  “I did it, I did it,” I said aloud.  But I have to say I very much doubt I would ever do anything like that again!!

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Twenty minutes later I was back on the promenade.

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What an adventure!!

I have learned an important lesson from my scary escapade:

Wherever we want to go in life, if we keep on walking forward we will eventually reach our ultimate destination.  

Additionally, our world is evolving, moving forward to greater things, and we must move forward with it.  However scary the path becomes, however much we want to run away, we must have faith that we can succeed and that we will reach our desired destination. We are headed in the right direction. There is no going back now. 

“There are no limitations, except in the human mind.

 Keep hoping, keep believing, keep acting, keep moving forward,

and you will have your dream.”

Images: Llandudno, North Wales by Isabella Rose