I took this picture some years ago at about this time of year, so I figure it’s apt today, especially now the sun’s finally out here in the Brecon Beacons. This was another one of those days when we were among the last out on the mountain, as you can perhaps guess by the sun being so low in the sky. It was a crisp, clear day, with stable, dry conditions, so no need to hurry off the hill in spite of a slightly late start -it did mean getting back to the car as darkness fell though. I’ve mentioned before that I love it when you get a mountainside to yourself, and when you get a sunset like this, it’s even more worthwhile. Other photos from this day feature in the Brecon Beacons Collection section of my Gallery, so I think that shows how much I loved it.
Quite a funny thing happened towards the end of the day, when we got near the end of the walk (emphasis on the quite!). Every now and then, when conditions are right, we like to go ‘glissading’ on our survival bags (the big orange bin bags you’re supposed to use to keep you warm when you’re stranded in the mountains). At the end of our route there was a lovely smooth slope with very few obstacles in our path, which had a decent amount of water running down it, so ideal for a bit of sliding. So, out came the bags, with much rustling, which prompted all of the nearby sheep to come running, evidently thinking we’d brought food -I’m guessing the farmer usually shakes the food bag to get them to come to him. What followed was a load of bemused sheep watching us go sliding down the hillside on big orange bags -I’d put the pictures up here, but the light had gone by then, so they weren’t much cop. The looks on their faces! Maybe it’s one of those moments where you had to be there?! Either way, a great way to get down the last little bit of our walk, definitely to be recommended (proper risk assessments notwithstanding!).
This one’s a panoramic-style, so go for 12″x5″, or 20″x8″ if you’re going to buy a print.
All images © Stephen Tyrrell, Mountains, Wild Places & Water, 2013. All rights reserved.