Wales is filled with fascinating corners of wilderness and many, like the Pal y Cwrt valley in Carmarthenshire, are protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest. But they have a historical interest as well, given that the hillsides have been grazed by domesticated herds, probably continuously, for several thousand years. Neolithic landscapes such as these are probably becoming quite rare in Britain.


Maen Llia

While the standing stone is an interesting subject in its own right, it is really just a foil to the clouds against the valley slope. When I first saw the negative I thought I would have to crop it down, but looking at the image onscreen I realised that the one third area of cloud was as much the subject as the stone itself. This is how it must often be seen, under an Atlantic low pressure weather system.