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A black and white photograph of a silverback mountain gorilla in the Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Mountains, Rwanda.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda

It's a hot and humid morning in February 2008 when I find myself in a small group of tourists in the rainforests of Rwanda, watching one of the natural world's most impressive sights: a silverback mountain gorilla. But as we shuffle around, all trying to get a slightly better view, a slightly better photograph, we do precisely what we've been warned not to do. We surround him. And, right on…

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A long exposure photograph showing Llyn Ogwen with a mountainous background and dynamic sky in Snowdonia, Wales.

Top Photography Locations in Snowdonia

To mark the arrival of Spring, I spent a couple of weeks exploring the best photography locations Snowdonia has to offer. The whole of North Wales is chock full of gorgeous landscapes, so choosing the top locations is a challenge - but these were my favourite spots. Ogwen Valley Location: SH 64997 60380; 53.1234, -4.0188 Towards the north of Snowdonia, the A5 takes you through…

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A photograph showing a red and orange sunset sky over the silhouette of Mount Bisoke volcano in the Volcanoes National Park, Virunga Mountains, Rwanda.

Trekking in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (Parc National des Volcans) lies in the Virunga Mountains in north-west Rwanda. It borders the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The park's best-known attraction is the mountain gorilla - click here to read my post on mountain gorilla trekking in Rwanda. But the park is a stunning…

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A landscape photograph showing the Craig Gwaun Taf escarpment with hikers making their way along on the way to Corn Du in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales.

Brecon Beacons Horseshoe: Hiking Pen y Fan

For the holiday weekend I joined the crowds on the classic Brecon Beacons Horseshoe ridge walk. It takes you up Corn Du, Cribyn and Pen y Fan (the highest point south of Snowdonia) in the Brecon Beacons National Park in southern Wales. Despite its popularity, it's one of my favourite walks as it's easily reached yet can feel truly wild. The sweeping landscapes…

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