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Thank you all for your great comments and votes yesterday, today some captures of Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons taken last Saturday while out with Geoff Baker, below some info on the lake.

Llangorse Lake (Welsh: Llyn Syfaddon, variant: Llyn Syfaddan) is the largest natural lake in South Wales, and is situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, near to the town of Brecon and the village of Llangorse.

The lake is famous for its coarse fishing (particularly pike), watersports, the afanc (nicknamed 'Gorsey') and the only example of a crannog in Wales. Llangorse lake is also one of the most mentioned sites in Welsh folklore. It is a site of international conservation importance.

Due to Llangorse Lake's long history of human activity it has been known by several different names during its history both in the Welsh language and in English, other names include the lake's original Welsh name, Llyn Syfaddon/Syfaddan, and Brycheiniog Mere, (the English name Llangorse Lake is comparatively recent).
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Llangorse Lake is a eutrophic glacial lake with a 5 miles (8.0 km) circumference covering an area of 327 acres (1.32 km2). The lake is 1-mile (1.6 km) long and 505 feet (154 m) above sea level. The lake is sited between the basins of the River Wye to the north and the River Usk to the south and was formed by debris deposited by melting glaciers trapping water on a plateau over time. The Afon Llynfi provides the main input of water into the lake and continues as the lake overflow stream.
Llangorse Lake viewed from Llangorse Mountain

The lake is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and has long been regarded as a place where fish and birds are found in unusually high numbers. Gerald of Wales (Giraldus Cambrensis) mentioned the abundance of waterfowl in his topographical work, The Description of Wales² in the 12th century A.D.. It is a Special Area of Conservation (under the EU Habitats Directive) as an example of a natural nutrient-rich lake with pondweeds.

The supposed largest pike caught by rod in the UK was caught in Llangorse Lake in 1846 by O. Owen and weighed 68 pounds (31 kg). The weight of this particular fish is unsubstantiated, however. If true this would have been the largest pike in the world so seems somewhat doubtful. The largest pike in the UK was actually caught from Llandegfedd Reservoir near Pontypool and weighed 46 pounds (21 kg). More recently the skull of a pike of unknown weight, though undoubtedly large (35–40+ lb), was found on the shores of the lake in 2004, this was taken away by the Environment Agency for Age Testing.

The Llangasty Nature Reserve forms an important protected area around the lake's boundary.

The lake is a habitat for the Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly (Ishnura pumilio).

In May 2011 hundreds of water voles were released near Llangorse Lake in an ongoing programme to try to restore population numbers.

The crannóg is a small artificial island about 40 metres from the north shore. It is constructed of massive planks of oak behind which was built a dwelling platform formed from layers of stone, soil and brushwood. It was investigated by archaeologists from the National Museum of Wales between 1989 and 1993. Finds included a high quality textile and a bronze hinge from an 8th–9th century reliquary decorated in a style similar to that seen in Ireland. The 1993 dig was joined by the TV series Time Team and featured in series one, episode four in 1994. In 2005, works were carried out to protect the island from erosion.

In 1925, archaeologists discovered a virtually complete dugout boat. Radiocarbon dating indicates that it originated from the 9th century.

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Date Taken:6 Apr 2013 - 2:29 PM
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Title:Llangorse Lake
Username:achieverswales achieverswales
Uploaded:9 Apr 2013 - 12:08 AM
Tags:Brecon beacons, Llangorse lake, Photo journalism
Votes:52
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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 12:24 AM

Beautiful scenery !
I enjoyed your text-- especially the part about the man made island, etc.

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debu
debu  4 India
9 Apr 2013 - 12:30 AM

Lovely set of images.
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geoffrey baker
geoffrey baker e2 Member 10496 forum postsgeoffrey baker vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 12:31 AM

Well done Trev, some nice info there too mate Smile

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handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States5 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 12:50 AM

Most interesting commentary. What a history. And, nice photos. I like V3 the best.

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Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 3Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 12:54 AM

V1 has got it all - that wonderful crannog, the graceful swan and those glorious reeds.
Last year in Kinrossshire we visited a bird sanctuary area around Loch Leven which had lots of these reeds
and I would return there for just that reason.
The blue sky and hints of snow add to the overall appeal.
Sorry I've given my UA away but there were several outstanding images and I could only choose one!
V2 and V3 both lovely but V1 for me.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 3:18 AM

Beautiful picture. I like v3.

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Hermanus
Hermanus  2 South Africa
9 Apr 2013 - 4:41 AM

Excellent photos Trev - and the write up is so interesting Smile

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gwynn56
gwynn56  260 forum posts England
9 Apr 2013 - 5:24 AM

beautiful scenery nicely captured , nice and colourful tooSmile

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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 6:38 AM

Beautiful scenes, Trev, and a most interesting write-up. Carol

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netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2146 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 6:57 AM

Brilliant set Trev especially v1.Smile
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Badgerfred
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9 Apr 2013 - 7:16 AM

Super images Trev, V1 a clear favourite for me,
Fred.

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SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 7:40 AM

Three beautiful images.

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 8:06 AM

v1 is beautifully composed, Trev. Could that swan have posed any better for you? I remember the Time Team program as well. Lovely blue and gold contrasts (but just a tad over-saturated for me... just personal taste)

Dave

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 8:09 AM

Has to be V1 for the lovely serene look it has with
the swan giving a farewel flutter of wingsWink
Lillian

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franken
franken e2 Member 113046 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 8:27 AM

Great write up and set Trev.

Version 1 is wonderful!

Ken

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 32873 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 9:29 AM

Wow Trev, you have certainly done your homework. A fantastic read wonderfully informative and well complied. The three images accompany the narratives superbly well, image number three being my particular favourite

Regards Nathan

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digital_boi
9 Apr 2013 - 10:29 AM

fine work and narrative Trevor V1 is my winner for sure think that Irish lassie has summed it up well she maybe didnae huv a UA but now neither do I


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Rende
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9 Apr 2013 - 10:32 AM

Lovely set Trev, but the composition with the swan steals the show Smile
Rende

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richmowil
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9 Apr 2013 - 11:40 AM

Super set of images!! I like them a lot!!

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TrevBatWCC
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9 Apr 2013 - 4:53 PM

Very beautiful - and my fave has to be V1, with the swan perfectly positioned Smile
Trev Smile

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leontari
leontari e2 Member 1leontari vcard Greece
9 Apr 2013 - 4:59 PM

Excellent captures, Trev, with warm colour, light and detail. V1 is a perfect composition.
Effrossini

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Gypsyman
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9 Apr 2013 - 5:07 PM

Trevor. Thanks for your Welsh history lesson, and for showing me the beauty of the area. Eric.

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9 Apr 2013 - 5:22 PM

V1 is my fave Trev followed by V3......
Interesting write up..... very large pikesGrinGrin
Diane

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Trev_B
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9 Apr 2013 - 6:04 PM

Well done Trev a nice set and interesting write up.

Trev

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Richsr
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9 Apr 2013 - 8:01 PM

Three good landscape images Trev, like V1 with the swan the best.
Good info on the lake too
Regards Richard

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9 Apr 2013 - 8:05 PM

three good captures Trev.
like V1 with the swan the best as Richard

David

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Dinky65
Dinky65  1 United States
9 Apr 2013 - 9:05 PM

Nice job and love all the history.

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2013 - 10:28 PM

v1 is my favourite , too. hope you forgive me for saying that the other two seem a bit too much saturated.. but maybe it is just me screen.
The cone shaped roof and the swan make v1 such a pleasing composition.
PS my favourite Welshman were trying to teach me today how to say thank you in welsh. My attempts must have been highly entertaining.

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Chinga
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10 Apr 2013 - 7:05 AM

Very interesting write up, Superb shots, V1 has my eye... Delightful images. IB

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Glostopcat
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13 Apr 2013 - 12:32 AM

Wonderful blue of the lake and the sky in these beautiful and serene scenes. V1 is a top shot, the clarity is exceptional and the elegant swan is perfectly placed in the photo. I'm surprised you did not encounter epzer Buffalo Tom on your travels, this is one of his favourite haunts

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14 Apr 2013 - 3:06 PM

A well recognised land mark - with wonderful colours and very informative write up Trev SmileSmile
Helen

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