In the depths of the Preseli Hills

Hello All,

It’s late and I’m typing a blog…things must be bad. Had a bit of a tiring day overall and now the wind is blowing hard outside so I probably won’t get much sleep. I can tell Friday is going to be heaps better!

Anyway, enough moaning.

On occasion, when I am at a loose end (fewer and fewer of those) I head up into the Preseli Hills north of where I live. When I first had my camera I noticed a ruined building out in the fields off the road as you climb over the pass. In the first instance, I thought it was private and I shouldn’t approach it but after a while I though “Forget that, let’s have a look”.

As with all good trespassing opportunities, there’s very little handy parking nearby so it’s a take-your-life-in-your-hands walk along a blind verge to get to the gate where there’s what looks like an old railway car rotting away…

Quite why this is here is a mystery to me but it's very atmospheric

Quite why this is here is a mystery to me but it’s very atmospheric

Then there a bit of a steep incline down the hill towards the “farm”…I presume it was a farm which, on this occasion, was absolutely surrounded by sheep. The Preselis are a prime grazing area and also this are is also used for managed timber (which you can see in the top part of this picture partly covered by the clouds).

You can almost hear the howling wind.....

You can almost hear the howling wind…..

Quite a ramshackle affair isn’t it? I can assure you that it’s not better inside. In fact I only ever went in once when I first ventured down there…I daren’t now as the whole place looks on the verge of collapse! Mind you, if you want slate tiles or corrugated iron, this is the place to come.

Went a bit bonkers with the black and white filter I'm afraid...

Went a bit bonkers with the black and white filter I’m afraid…

Discretion being the better part of valour on hearing the engine of a quad bike, I started to wander back up the hill think what excuse would be plausible for a rustic Welsh farmer…or whether I would even be able to understand them. Look back down you can see that the areas is on the edge of a little fir copse and the area is pretty wet and boggy, hence the small patches of reeds.

Lucky I was wearing boots here, it looked quite dry until I stepped on this area!

Lucky I was wearing boots here, it looked quite dry until I stepped on this area!

Walking next to the trees I was quite taken by how straight they are, even though this is one of the few places that always seems to be windy in the county. I crouched down a little to get a bit more perspective to get this picture…

The trees really were this green, I said it was very wet!

The trees really were this green, I said it was very wet!

Overall though, I do like it here. there is a reservoir nearby too that I have also featured on my blog but it looks blooming awful at the moment as all of the tree have been cut down both sides of it. In fact, I say cut, I really mean shaved. It looks horrible. Mind you, trees are a crop like any other I suppose, so I can’t blame them for cashing in.

Later that week, I was looking at taking some sunset pictures and I managed to actually catch a picture of something I usually only see a fleeting glimpse of….iridescence. Nothing spectacular and quite faint (along the inside of the “C” shape), but unusual nevertheless.

Sometimes you don't have to have a sunset to have pretty colours

Sometimes you don’t have to have a sunset to have pretty colours

The science bit…..

Iridescent clouds are a phenomenon caused by small water drops or small ice crystals individually scattering light. Larger ice crystals produce halos.

If parts of clouds have small droplets or crystals of similar size, their cumulative effect is seen as colors. The cloud must be optically thin, so that most rays encounter only a single droplet. Iridescence is therefore mostly seen at cloud edges or in semi-transparent clouds..

There’s another thing you have learnt from me. But please, don’t go staring at the sun looking for this…it’s dangerous!

Until next time, take care and thanks as ever for dropping by.

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