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Which Way Are We Looking? Snowdonia

Snowdonia National Park

I spent much of last week exploring a part of the Snowdonia National Park in Wales that I hadn’t been to before. I took the photo above during that visit.

What direction are we looking and what time of day was this photo taken? 


Spoiler alert, here comes the answer…


A. The tree shows us that the prevailing wind is from the right, which means that SW is to the right and that means we are looking… SE. 

The sun appears to be close to halfway between SW and SE, therefore near south. That means it is close to midday. (12.17 to be precise.) 

You may have also worked this out by noticing that the sun appears to be fairly high, which in November also means it must be close to South. 

The beady-eyed may also have spotted that the grasses at the far left of the picture are bent over in a surprising direction (against the prevailing wind). This has been caused by this hawthorn tree. It has created a local eddy, a ‘rebel wind’. 


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