Bala, Love at The First Sight

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My first time to visit Bala Lake was in summer 2009 with friends from the church for summer outing. My first impression was WOW and it still remains until now. My second time was summer last year and the third time was on Easter Sunday this year. I just can’t get enough. In Bala I fall in love at the first sight with Wales. Aha! I sounded so poetic, LOL.

Wales is largely mountainous and such a nice place to visit to. It offers you a beautiful, breathtaking, and spectacular scenery. That is the facts. What I love about Wales is its atmosphere and its nuance. It’s very relaxing. Some places still have old fashioned buildings and some houses still keep their old fashioned style as well. I’ve been to some places in Wales such as Llangolen, Holywell, Pantasaph, Rhyl and Prestatyn, Conwy, and of course, Bala.

Bala, Gwynedd in Welsh, is famous with its lake called Bala Lake or Llyn Tegid in Welsh. It’s a tourism place and located in Snowdonia National Park. In the summer there will be more and lots of people doing camping either any outdoor activities. In Bala they still have steam trains that operate alongside Bala Lake Railway.

Here some pictures of Bala that I took last year and last Easter Sunday.

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Another post of my trip on Sunday Easter to Bala, My Photojournalism: Newfoundland Dog Event at Lake Bala.

Hope everybody enjoys it! 🙂

My Photojournalism: Newfoundland Dog Event at Lake Bala

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Last weekend or on Easter Sunday to be exact, I went to Lake Bala in North Wales for a day trip with a friend of mine. We arrived there at about 1 pm. Apparently there was Newfoundland Dog Event taking place when we got there.

My photojournalism of newfoundland dog event

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The situation of Newfoundland Dog Event

The dogs are giant and it was my first time to see that kind of dogs.

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Isn't he/she giant?

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Have a break

They were trained for lifesaving. The dog had to swim to his or her owner and the staff trainer who were waiting for in a lifeboat. When the dog reached the lifeboat then he or she would be given a rope that been tied to the boat, and with that rope the dog had to drag the lifeboat to the coast.

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The preparation

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Are you ready?!

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The dog started swimming to the lifeboat

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"Keep going, buddy! Keep swimming!"

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"Come on, buddy! You are nearly there!"

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"Good boy/girl! Now take the rope!"

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"OK, buddy! Now it's time to go back to the coast!"

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Another ones were having a break or perhaps waiting for their turn

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The two buddies: the owner and the dog

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This dog refused to swim into the water. It took ages to persuade him/her.

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Finally he/she started swimming after back and forth into the water.

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As the dog swam by, the owner cheered him/her on.

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"Yes, come on, buddy! You're nearly here!"

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"Oh, noooo!" said the owner. The dog made a U-turn before reached the lifeboat and swam away.

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Gutted owner

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Another try?

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They were barking for whatever reasons

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A dog with his/her life-saving jacket

It was an interesting event to watch.

My Photojournalism: The Wintry Weather in UK

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March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb. That is an English proverb to describe the typical weather in March. Apparently this time of year it happened the other way round in United Kingdom (UK).

March started with beautiful and pleasant weather, sunny and dry. I read on a newspaper about a week ago that this is the hottest March in UK in 55 years. Unfortunately the weather turned out chilly in the last week.

Back to the English proverb. According to the article on Wikipedia it is said that the proverb is applied to the month of April more often than March in Wales. Apparently it is true. The weather forecast had predicted a week ago that there would be snow coming and there would be a chance to have snow on Easter! They were right except for having snowed on Easter. There were some snow at the time but the melting ones as I saw it when I went to North Wales on Sunday.

So now UK is having wintry weather in the spring time! I even have to wear my winter coat back due to the weather conditions at the moment.

My photojournalism wintry weather

Mist on the hill of Pen y Gaer, Conwy valley, North Wales

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Pen y Gear, Conwy valley, North Wales

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Some snow left on the road

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Bwlch y Groes, the highest pass in North Wales

 It’s not too late to wish Happy Easter to everyone!