The Snowdonia National Park – Parc Cenedlaethol
Eryri in Welsh – was designated as a National Park in
1951, and lies in the north-west corner of Wales. It
contains some of the most spectacular and tightly
packed mountain scenery in the United Kingdom.
It is a land of heather moors, lakes, wooded valleys,
rivers, waterfalls and brooding, craggy mountain
ranges. Within the boundary of the 827 square
miles (2142 sq km) of the national park there are
23 miles (37 km) of coastline with beaches, sand
dunes and great sweeping bays, such as Tremadog
and Mawddach. This means that it is difficult to
escape the sea, and from many mountain tops you
can catch glimpses of it.
Snowdonia offers great opportunities to landscape
photographers and each season has its own beauty,
from the colourful display of wild flowers in the
valleys during springtime; the purple-clad heather
moors above in high summer; the golden autumnal
colours of ancient woods; to the vast Arctic-like
winter plateau of the Carneddau, the rugged
Glyderau and especially majestic Snowdon (Yr
Wyddfa), at 1085m/3560 feet, the highest summit in
England and Wales.
All these bristling summits look
especially spectacular when cloaked in snow.
Patience to simply sit and wait for the ideal moment
is essential – and that is what master photographer
Jerry Rawson demonstrates again and again in the
collection of superb images reproduced here.
Address books tend to be well used and have a
long life. Along with important contact details they
keep track of the user’s friends and acquaintances,
tracing their lives over time and from place to place.
And, if properly attended to, an address book eventually
becomes a journal in itself, and an attractive
and permanent keepsake. Whether bought as a gift
or for personal use, this Snowdonia Address Book,
with its superb pictorial reminders of the national
park, will provide years of pleasure.
Imprint: Halswood Stationers. ISBN 978 0 85717 007 1, hardback, 214x230mm, 112 pages. Published March 2010.