I've been trying for a snow-capped sunrise photo of Tryfan in Snowdonia for a few years now but the conditions have never quite combined to produce the image I'd wanted...until this morning. With snow having fallen on the Snowdonia peaks the night before the weather forecast for early morning showed a small window of opportunity before more snow and hail moved in, I had to give it another try so the alarm was set for 5.45am and down to Tryfan I went.
The viewpoint of Tryfan isn't too high, around 600ft, but in winter it's a paddle through constant mud and water to get there... if you're going make sure your footwear is waterproof!! The snowline was just below the viewpoint alongside the Afon Lloer which made footing at the side of the waterfall a little tricky, as did the 30mpf gusty wind which seemed to be having fun blowing the contents of the waterfall frequently onto the camera lens and me! The first few minutes after sunrise didn't look overly promising, cloudy and no hint of sun but the winds worked in my favour soon after with the appearance of some breaks in the cloud cover. Another 15minutes later and a little bit of magic happened... the rising sun broke through the cloud to light up the sky in suble, orange tones. It only lasted for 20 minutes before the snow moved in but what a 20 minutes, I'd waited several years for this winter sunrise photo of Tryfan so fantastic to get the shot I'd hoped for at last... in fact not just the one but several.
If you'd like to see the photos you can find then in the Snowdonia photos gallery, for larger views of the Tryfan sunrise photos below just click on the individual image: