Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn

P1070441

No trip to Towyn Farm is complete without an ascent of Carn Fadryn. Little S calls it Birthday Hill, because he has so often climbed it on his birthday. This year we were a little later, but he was still keen to return. Many of the rest of the party wanted to stay on the beach however, so it was a select band, just S, TBH and myself who made the trip.

P1070442

Most of the usual elements were present, including Gatekeepers….

P1070449

…and Labyrinth Spiders.

P1070451

Lots of Gatekeepers in fact.

P1070453

Expanding views as we climbed.

P1070456

Oh, and did I mention the Gatekeepers? This was one of five on a small patch of Bell Heather.

P1070466

The tapestry of flowers was as colourful as ever.

P1070462

We always seem to spot several Dor Beetles.

P1070479

And…

P1070467

…Gatekeepers!

P1070469

The extensive views from Carn Fadryn could be specifically designed for the panoramic function on my camera. (Click on the pictures to see larger versions).

P1070470

P1070475

Something I don’t recall being so noticeable on previous visits was the profusion of Bumblebees taking advantage of the flowers.

P1070509

This very pale species seemed particularly prevalent.

We didn’t see Choughs this year, which we sometimes have, but we were compensated by a large and very boisterous group of ravens flying near the summit. Large groups of ravens, I believe, are often composed of juvenile or immature birds which  have not yet paired up with a partner. That might explain the exuberant, tumbling, acrobatic flights of some of the birds – adolescent showing off.

P1070485

P1070487

P1070489

P1070491

Wild Thyme.

P1070500

P1070503

English Stonecrop.

P1070497

The presence of Butterflies on the summit is also something of a fixture. This year there were several Red Admirals and a couple of tatty looking Painted Ladies.

P1070506

P1070518

P1070519

Advertisements
Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn

7 thoughts on “Ineluctably, Carn Fadryn

  1. I climbed your hill on 14th February 2014 during a period of wild gales. I was there with my caravan and friends sent anxious messages concerned for my safety. I seem to remember a characterful rocky summit. Your pictures, as always are superb. What camera are you using these days; I know you’ve posted about it.

  2. Love the photos on your blog. some of them bring back some memories.

    I couldn’t find your email on the site but I have something you may be interested in sharing.

    I am building a site where I have a Free online navigation course which I think could be of use to your readers to help them safely go on hiking trips.

    You can find it here: https://bondringo.com/walking/

    I am just starting out and I would love to get some more people on my site to let me know what they think. If you think it would be useful to your readers, would you be interested in giving it a short review/shout out on your website?

    Really appreciate your time,
    Cheers,
    Matt

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      It’s a compromise in lots of ways. This is my second bridge camera. I used to use SLRs, but have never owned a DSLR. I was very tempted when I bought my current camera – well, actually I vacillated between another bridge, a micro 4/3 or a DSLR. But in the end the convenience of the bridge won out – no extra lenses to lug about, much cheaper, slightly lighter and less bulky. I don’t have a smart phone – if I did I’d have another dilemma to deal with (although, most of the time I’d probably stick with using the bridge camera). When my daughter and I did a longer walk over several days earlier this year I took a point and shoot camera, mainly because I wanted to get all of my gear into a relatively small pack.

    1. beatingthebounds says:

      Yes – these are not my best shots of the spiders – my old camera with its zoomed macro function worked better for this sort of thing than the new one. I’m hankering now to visit Carn Fadryn at a different time of year – even earlier in the summer would be good, just to see how the flowers and wildlife differ. I’d love to walk the Llyn coastal path too.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s