Landscape photographer Kris Williams shares his best pictures of North Wales

North Wales has a fantastic variety of mountains and coastlines. As a landscape and night-scape photographer it offers me everything I want within a short distance, whether its Anglesey surrounded by its stunning coastal views, lighthouses and medieval churches, or the diversity of Snowdonia National Park spread across 823 square miles on the mainland.

The protected night skies of Snowdonia as an International Dark Sky Reserve also make it a superb location to view the wonders of the night sky, while from the coast of Anglesey you can often witness such natural phenomenon as the aurora borealis, and occasionally bioluminescence in the seas.

Wales has a unique beauty and magical quality that once visited never leaves your heart. Here are some of my favourite pictures of Anglesey and Snowdonia.

An incoming storm at, Beaumaris

An incoming storm at, Beaumaris, Anglesey

Aurora borealis lighting the night sky at Penmon Point

Aurora borealis lighting the night sky at Penmon Point, Anglesey

Barley fields and farms under the stars, Bodorgan

Barley fields and farms under the stars, Bodorgan on Anglesey

Bioluminescent waves and the aurora borealis on White Beach, Anglesey

Bioluminescent Waves & Aurora Borealis - White Beach, Anglesey

Cwm Idwal by the light of a full moon

Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia by the light of a full moon.

Winters Dawn at Llyn Llydaw

Winters Dawn at Llyn Llydaw, Snowdonia

Dawn at Castell-Y-Gwynt (Castle of the Winds), Glyder Fach

Dawn at Castell-Y-Gwynt (Castle of the Winds), Glyder Fach, Snowdonia

Dawn at Penmon Point

Dawn at Penmon Point, Anglesey

Fairy Glen, Betws-Y-Coed

Fairy Glen, Betws-Y-Coed, Snowdonia

Fishing boats at Llyn Nantlle

Fishing boats at Llyn Nantlle Snowdonia

Camping in Glyder Fach

Wildcamping in Snowdonia - Glyder Fach, Snowdonia

Golden Glow, Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon

Golden Glow, Dinas Dinlle, Caernarfon

Llyn Mymbyr

Llyn Mymbyr, Snowdonia

Lobster pot in the waves at Llangoed

Lobster pot in the waves at Llangoed, Anglesey

Wild-camping under the Milky Way, Llyn Cregennan

Wild-camping under the Milky Way, Llyn Cregennan, Snowdonia

Looking across the Ogwen Valley from Mynydd Perfedd

Looking across the Ogwen Valley from Mynydd Perfedd, Snowdonia

Medieval Dolbadarn castle, set in the heart of the mountains at Llanberis

Medieval Dolbadarn castle, set in the heart of the mountains at Llanberis, Snowdonia

Moonlight on Pen Yr Ole Wen, Cwm Idwl

Moonlight on Pen Yr Ole Wen - Cwm Idwl, Snowdonia

Night on the Moorings at Caernarfon Castle

Night on the Moorings at Caernarfon Castle.

Path To The Stars, Llanddwyn Island

Path To The Stars, Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

Snowdon Peak from misty Moel Eilio

Snowdon Peak from misty Moel Eilio, Wales

South Stack lighthouse and headlands

South Stack Lighthouse& Headlands, Anglesey

St Gwenfaens Pillar, Rhoscolyn

St Gwenfaens Pillar - Rhoscolyn, Anglesey

Stargazing in Snowdonia at Llyn Mymbyr, Capel Curig

Stargazing in Snowdonia at Llyn Mymbyr, Capel Curig

Summer evenings on Llanddwyn Island

Summer evenings on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey

Sunset at Llangwyfan’s-St Cwyfan’s (The Church in the Sea), Aberffraw

Sunset at The Church In The Sea (Llangwyfan's-St Cwyfan's) Aberffraw, Anglesey

Sunset Beach, Penmaenmawr

Sunset Beach, Penmaenmawr, Wales

The Bronze-Age ring cairn of Bryn Cader Faner, Talsarnau

The Bronze-Age ring cairn of Bryn Cader Faner - Talsarnau, Snowdonia

The Devil’s Kitchen and Llyn Idwal at daw, Cwm Idwal

The Devil's Kitchen and Llyn Idwal at dawn. Cwm Idwal, Snowdonia

Full moon rises by Menai suspension bridge

Full moon rises by Menai suspension bridge, Anglesey, Wales

The last of the evening light falls on the Nantlle Ridge

The last of the evening light falls on the Nantlle Ridge, Snowdonia

The medieval Church In The Sea at Aberffraw

The medieval 'Church In The Sea' at Aberffraw, Anglesey (Llangwyfan-St Cwyfans)

Dawn at Llyn Llydaw and Snowdon Peak

Winters Dawn. Llyn Llydaw & Snowdon Peak, Snowdonia

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