Holiday Report – 25 June 2014

Steps taken: 3,698

I thought I’d vary the titles of these thingies a bit, just to keep things interesting, or at the very least confusing. The current plan is to post a daily report with a few photos from the day. I won’t be attempting much in the way of editing, other than the odd crop and minor tweak.

My brother and I[1] set off for North Wales this morning. This year’s route took us via Aberystwyth, where we stopped at Wetherspoons and had what was either an early lunch, or possibly a late second breakfast[2]. Probably the latter, as we ordered breakfast items (Geoff: eggs Benedict, me: sausage inna bun).

From there, we headed to the Llanuwchllyn station of the Bala Lake Railway. We’d been there before, but didn’t have time to wait for the next train and the one hour return journey, but this time we’d planned it nicely. We arrived in plenty of time to have a look around, take some photos of the scenery:

View from Llanuwchllyn

View from Llanuwchllyn

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/680s
Focal length 99.8mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:24, 25 June, 2014
Location 52° 51.3606′ 0″ N 3° 39.8519′ 0″ W

not to mention the locals

What you looking at?

What you looking at?

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focal length 200mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:43, 25 June, 2014
Location 52° 51.3607′ 0″ N 3° 39.8447′ 0″ W

Soon enough, Alice arrived

Alice

Alice

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 18mm
ISO 400
Taken 14:01, 25 June, 2014
Location 52° 51.3566′ 0″ N 3° 39.8538′ 0″ W

The journey follows the shore of Bala Lake/Llyn Tegid, which is over four miles long. The view is obscured by trees for part of the way, but there is some lovely scenery to be enjoyed:

Llyn Tegid

Llyn Tegid

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/680s
Focal length 40.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:39, 25 June, 2014
Location 52° 52.4095′ 0″ N 3° 38.0871′ 0″ W

I was pleased to see that the image stabilisation on my Fuji 18-55mm dealt nicely with shooting from a moving train with a ride somewhat less smooth than I’m used to.

At the end of the return journey, we headed for Llangollen and the Royal Hotel for a repeat visit. And either by a strange coincidence or by the careful planning of the hotel staff, we’re in the same rooms as last year.

A small drink was enjoyed at the Bridge Hotel, followed by food at Fouzi’s and one final relaxing drink on the terrace overlooking the Dee.

[1] Hi Geoff  :wave:
[2] Even though neither of us is actually a Hobbit[3]
[3] Though Geoff is shorter and hairier than me