Cnicht looking simultaneously elegant and moody. This is the mountain that overlooks the Gwynedd villages of Llanfrothen and Croesor, my home for the past 25+ years. It can't claim to one of the larger Welsh peaks, being only 689m, but it's the most illusionary. Although the classic pointy peak adds to a misperception of greater height, especially so when covered in snow, it's not really a monolithic peak at all, but the eastern end of a long ridge which is hidden from view from this angle.
I captured this image late afternoon as the sun was setting and cloud was rapidly forming on the southern side. I rarely do landscapes. I haven't the patience to sit and wait all day for the right quality of light, so this shot was purely opportunistic. Luckily the camera bag was close to hand. Because it was a low light shot, captured at a relatively high ISO, the colours looked washed out and not in a pleasant pastel way. Rather than boost the saturation, which often looks awful and obviously forced, I converted to monochrome. I'm with mountaineer and author Jim Perrin on this one: "The artist Nature often achieves greatest effect when not working with a full palette." As so often does the photographer.
The white house in the foreground is Cae Glas. It's a very good example of the old Snowdonia architectural style. Dendrochronology dates the main house to the winter of 1547/48 and parts of adjoining barn could be as early as 1497. The earliest written record of ownership, from 1598, refers to a David ap Retherch of Hardelech, described as a 'gent'.