There is a little road that myself and my wife often take from our home near Brynamman in to Llandeilo and the Towy Valley.
It traverses the far western fringes of the Brecon Beacons National Park and offers up great views over the Amman Valley and then, further along, over Carreg Cennen Castle and the picturesque village of Trap, with Bronze Age Burial Cairns dominating the hill tops to your right with some great walking opportunities, on paths that few others seem to tred, despite the great views, topography and history that it follows.
The slopes / open land here is grazed by Cattle and Horses and with narrow roads, driving slow is highly recommended and be prepared for lengthy reversing manoeuvres if you come across others. It is very wet underfoot, often quite boggy which offers up great conditions for some plants as the seasons pass. In the Spring, Cotton Grass seems to do exceptionally well here.
Though, now Summer (if it can be believed we had one at all) is drawing to a close, it is the turn of Heather, and it hasn’t disappointed! This area is dominated by vibrant purples / pinks at the moment and can be seen from miles away! Heather loves the moist soil here and it’s tips are often grazed on. It has been lapping up all of this rain and is flourishing! A lovely place for an evening stroll!
It also gave me a little time to think about where I am going to concentrate my photographic efforts on during this coming autumn/winter/spring.
I’ve decided to stick around my local hills and try to avoid the more popular central beacons. I am very much in my infancy with Photography, having only really discovered the importance of good light, quite late in to last years Autumn and was left mesmerised by the effect Dawn’s light had on anything it graced. I spent the next few months out as often as my work commitments would allow and felt I made huge leaps in my confidence both in composure and in my understanding of the elements..
Now with this in mind I think regular visits to the likes of Llyn Y Fan Fawr / Fach, Fan Bryncheiniog, Fan Foel, Picws Du, Fan Gyhirych would offer me up some great viewing experiences and give me the chance to learn more about the landscape and it’s history, aswell as help me progress in this most captivating of hobbies that is photography…..
Have a good day!