We recently shared with you the work of Rob Palmer and his favourite Rhondda Views.
This week, we caught up with local amateur photographer Adrian Meredith, 46, from Penrhiwfer.
Originally from Treherbert, Adrian has lived in Tynewedd, Gelli and Ferndale but can’t see himself ever moving as he enjoys the great views from Penrhiwfer down to the coast and across the channel to Somerset and Devon, even as far as Glastonbury Tor on a clear day.
Here, he features five of his favourite wildlife photographs that he has taken in the Rhondda.
Adrian said: “Both of the Rhondda valleys are equally photogenic but my favourite area without doubt is around Caerlan Farm, above Tonyrefail. I try and get up there as often as I can in the pursuit of my real passion of birdwatching.
“I have been interested in photography for about 18 months and only bought my camera, a Nikon P520 bridge camera, to take record shots of the local birds, butterflies, moths and also of the changing landscape. I find black and white photography shows the image without the distraction of, sometimes overbearing, colours.”
The first image Adrian has chosen is of a Red Kite, he took this as it flew above Penrhiwfer.
Adrian said: “Red Kites are a now a familiar sight in the valleys and one of my top ten birds”
The second of Adrian’s images is a Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly at Caerlan Farm.
Adrian said: ” The Broad-bodied Chaser dragonfly is common in the valleys in the Summer months, but seldom noticed”
Adrian’s third image is a Grey Heron, taken at Treherbert.
Adrian said: “A heron can be seen most days by many people, but it’s always noted with some excitement.”
The fourth of Adrian’s favourite images is a Green-veined White butterfly, taken at Caerlan Farm.
The fifth and final image Adrian chose is of a Rook. Adrian said: “These are wonderful, gregarious birds and look great in colour or black and white.”
“The thing about the Rhondda is that it has pockets, some times large pockets, of hidden beauty that unless you take the time to seek them out can be passed by without knowing they even exist. Friends of mine from South of the M4 are often amazed at the scenic quality of our landscape .”
With all these stunning creatures right on our doorstep, we’re getting our walking boots on this Spring!