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Weekly Photo Archive - Yr Wyddfa/Snowdon in 2018

This is a panorama looking over Llyn Llydaw into the centre of the ECN site. The view extends from south-west to north-west and is taken from a point (UK National Grid Reference SH6355) close to the ECN Target Sampling Site (TSS).

Part of the ECN Target Sampling Site (TSS) lies in the direction of the small cliff of Diffwys (extreme right) and in this area many of the terrestrial ECN measurements are made. The vegetation here is mainly a base-rich grassland with frequent Thyme (Thymus praecox), Fescues (Festuca spp.), Bents (Agrostis spp.) and Marsh Thistles (Cirsium palustre). Elsewhere on the site there are large amounts of grassland dominated by Mat Grass (Nardus stricta). The whole area is grazed by Welsh Mountain Sheep.

On a clear day three mountain summits can be seen. To the left is the double summit of Lliwedd (898m). In the centre is the summit of Yr Wyddfa or Snowdon which at 1085m is the highest point in Wales and also the highest point in Britain south of the Scottish Highlands. To the right is the knife edge ridge of Crib Goch (923m) which hides the fourth summit of the Snowdon Horseshoe, Crib y Ddysgl (1066m).

In the middle distance the causeway across Llyn Llydaw carries the Miners Track, one of the most popular walking routes to the summit of Snowdon. The Pyg Track, another route to the summit crosses the slopes to the right of the panorama at about half height while the Snowdon Horseshoe walk takes in all four of the summits..

The pictures are taken with an Agfa ePhoto 307 digital camera which has a 6mm lens (equivalent to a 43mm lens on a 35mm camera).


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