Beautiful Bodafon - Anglesey's Himalaya
After enduring the long, damp, cold, dark days of Winter, it's a welcome relief to realise that the daylight hours are slowly, slowly getting longer and thoughts turn to revisiting Mynydd Bodafon.
When the mind is full of turbulent interruptions, a visit to this magical place is a tonic. The tranquil water is disturbed only by amiable and inquisitive ducks. The surface of the lake glistens with the reflection of the clear sky.
The few homes which surround the lake are protected by the craggy mountain, which itself becomes vibrant with greenery during my favourite season.
During early spring, frog spawn lies quietly under the surface of the water and then the wonderment of new life can be seen as the area comes alive with tiny frogs. Fluffy ducklings are busy following their mothers and learning vital survival techniques, which include accepting offerings of bread from delighted visitors.
As the year progresses and Spring turns to Summer, a refreshing dip of the toes in the lake is essential after a climb to the top of the 'mynydd' (mountain), though at 178m / 584ft, it is not a heroic climb.
From the summit, breathtaking views of Anglesey enthral the weary venturer and as the terrain is relatively flat you can see for many miles on a clear day.
To the west lies Holyhead Mountain and the ferries that appear almost irrationally big in the distance. Gaze northwards to Mynydd y Garn and its hidden
hermit's cave. Beyond your sight lies Wylfa Power Station hidden behind hillocks and those turbines that harvest Anglesey's frequent tempestuous gift.
Mynydd Bodafon is covered with lush, verdant growth during the Summer. You can walk through the crisp heather and the leafy ferns, feeling the latter tickling your bare legs.
As late Summer turns to Autumn, the heather which covers the rocky surfaces, breathes new life into the stone. The warm hues of mauve are a delight to behold and extend in parts as far as the eye can see. The contrasting yellow of the gorse cuts a dash better than any fashion designer could sketch.
Although Wordsworth was referring to daffodils when he mentioned how he observed the wonders of Nature, the florae on Mynydd Bodafon have the same effect and bring pleasure to the 'inward eye' when it is impossible to visit the area.
I'm sure that if you visited Mynydd Bodafon, despite the different view and location from Wordsworths Lake District, you would also echo the poet's words,
"I gaz'd - and gaz'd - but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought"
You really have captured the atmosphere and reassuring natural beauty of Mynydd Bodafon.
I know that sense of peace which gently wind-riffled waters and curious ducks bring when you are troubled.
Respectful of Elizabeth's love and deep appreciation of Bodafon may I guide your attention to my Bodafon Sunsets page. Please Click Here