Chris J Richards

My writing, photography, and art



A Recce at Kidwelly and Ferryside

I work a 10am-2pm shift today. I’m on the till closest to the entrance and through the glass I can see the weather changing by the minute — heavy rain followed by spots of sun, and then more rain. I’ve… Continue Reading →

Photographing Sunrise on Llansteffan Beach

I’m awake ten minutes before my alarm is due to go off. It’s one of the benefits of being gently awoken by a sunrise simulator alarm clock, rather than being jarred out of sleep by an audible alarm. The cold… Continue Reading →

Pen Arthur Forest and Trichrug

It’s a grey Monday. After a photographically disappointing previous week of foul weather and indecisiveness (including a drive up to Carn Goch hill-fort before deciding that I just couldn’t be bothered that day), around lunchtime, I’m parked up at Pen… Continue Reading →

A Foggy Morning at Gwenlais Quarry

My new photographic rucksack arrived yesterday. I spent a bit of time packing it with all my kit. Today I’m taking it on a field test. I don’t want to go too far with it, I just want a feel… Continue Reading →

Abandoning a Visit to Cwm Berwyn

I’ve got Sunday off work, and multiple forecasts say it’s going to be a day of sunshine. What has been bugging me for most of the week, is figuring out where I’m going to go. I still haven’t got the… Continue Reading →

First Visit to Cwm Rhaeadr Forest

I’m cruising northbound along the A40, just past Manordeilo. The music’s loud and I feel good. I round a bend in the road and lo and behold, there’s a tractor ahead of me. He’s doing 30 mph, bouncing around in… Continue Reading →

Cennen Valley Sunrise (or lack thereof)

I’m up at 5.30am. It’s still dark outside and Storm Eleanor is still buffeting my bedroom windows. I check my news and article apps and read for a bit. Maybe heading out to photograph Carreg Cennen isn’t such a good… Continue Reading →

New Year’s Day – Visiting the Lliw Reservoirs

New Year’s Day 2018. For the past few years, I’ve had a tradition of not drinking on New Year’s Eve. It spawned from spending too many New Year’s Days hungover, and I found that I actually preferred being up and… Continue Reading →

Halfway Forest in the Snow

It’s Sunday 10th December, the first of my two consecutive days off from the day job. I lie reading in my bedroom, watching snowflakes flutter down onto the front gardens and carefully manicured lawns in my cul-de-sac. It’s a snow… Continue Reading →

Winter Walk at Llyn Llech Owain

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… Continue Reading →

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