I stop off for a quick walk around Llyn Llech Owain on the way back from Carmarthen. Located on a hilltop above the village of Gorslas, Carmarthenshire, Llyn Llech Owain Country Park is a lake surrounded by peat bog and an expanse of forestry commission woodland.
I’ve been a handful of times before, but as I set off from the car, with a biting cold wind in my face, and seeing patches of hailstones, I realise that I haven’t ever visited in the winter. Whilst dedicated paths have been laid around the park, this time of year, several stretches are somewhat waterlogged. When my casual boots get soaked in some deceptively deep puddles near the edge of the lake, I realise I really need to keep some impromptu walking gear in the boot of my car for such times.
Carmel television mast from Llyn Llech Owain
Despite the bitter cold and damp boots, I really enjoy the walk. The long stretches of golden grass remind me of previous years walking on Ashdown Forest, and in the big skies beyond the Carmel television mast, I see huge clouds drifting in – perhaps foreshadowing the snow that was forecast later in the day. Looking south from the northern edge of the lake, the sun’s reflections on the lake are quite stunning. It strikes me just how low the sun is in the sky this time of year – something that makes winter photography so dramatic, if also a little problematic. The winter solstice is one of the most important days of the year for me, as I long for the return of spring and longer days, and I actually count down the days – my own sort of advent calendar