The accompanying collection of Snowdonia landscape photography prints features predominantly the mountains of the Snowdon Horseshoe, namely Snowdon itself and the attendant peaks of Crib Goch, Crib-y-Ddysgl and the twin peaks of Y Lliwedd. In addition the collection includes several classic viewpoints of the neighbouring Glyder Range from both roadside and elevated locations. It was here my interest in mountains and photography was awakened in 1972, and to which I would return nearly thirty years later with the panoramic and high resolution digital cameras.
Snowdonia is the name more generally designated to a national park of over eight hundred square miles occupying the mountainous region of north-western Wales, extending north-south from Conway to Aberdovery and east-west from Bala to Tremadoc. It has often been described as having the scale and grandeur of the Scottish Highlands combined with the compactness and ease of accessibility of the Lake District.
The ancient and traditional name for the region is ‘Eryri’, but its modern and more commonly known name is derived from Snowdon, 1,085m (3,560 ft) the highest mountain south of the Scottish Border. Exposed to the predominantly westerly winds of the Atlantic, Snowdonia is a mild, wet region and snow rarely lingers even on the highest summits in all but the very coldest of winters.