Exploring the River Tywi

by Helen Hooker June. 26, 2014 3991 views

With a morning to myself before my course began I went off exploring today, heading first to the nearby Gwenffrd-Dinas RSPB reserve. Compared to other such reserves I've visited it was quite a demanding walk alongside the River Tywi and I found myself clambering up and down hill, over large rocks and tree roots. The scenery was absolutely spectacular though and well worth the effort. Having completed the circuit I then headed further along the road in my car and took some time to explore the area around Llyn Brianne. Llyn Brianne is a reservoir formed by the construction of the world's largest clay core dam across the River Tywi. When all three turbines are in use the hydro-electric generating station at the base of the spillway generates enough electricity to power 6500 homes. By the time I'd photographed the dam I was beginning to feel peckish so I headed along the twisty road around the reservoir, through the pine forests and on to Llanwrtyd Wells for a well earned lunch after my morning's exertions.

I loved the curly trees in the RSPB reserve

Most of the birds stayed firmly out of reach of my lens but this young thrush hung around for long enough for me to photograph it!

Looking back up the spillway towards Llyn Brianne, the sun was creating a rainbow in the water from the turbines

The view across Llyn Brianne towards the dam

Some of the locals viewed me with suspicion….

…. while others were quite happy to pose for my camera!

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Joseph Mazarinfidelis 4 years, 12 months ago

The best photos I have ever seen for along time. The country side looks great.

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Antonio Gil 7 years, 3 months ago

A beautiful landscape so well captured by you.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Louise Hayes 7 years, 3 months ago

I love your curly trees Helen.......you photograph wonderful subjects!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Ibrahim 7 years, 3 months ago

beautiful geography and captures.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Moira 7 years, 3 months ago

great set love the first and seventh.
Idon't quite understand the water turbine's purpose in 4?

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Josy 7 years, 3 months ago

It is really a magnificent place and I also love these curly trees,they could be in a fairy tale !

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Phyllis 7 years, 3 months ago

wonderful series of photos

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Don Baird 7 years, 3 months ago

Nice series.

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Jacki 7 years, 3 months ago

That looks like a hike I'd enjoy myself! Glad you took it and shared! #6 has a charm that really appeals to me!

7 years, 3 months ago Edited
Dan Ravasio 7 years, 3 months ago

#2 really floats my boat Helen....

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