Today was spent playing with my camera and trying to get my head around shooting in manual. We went to explore the WW2 pill boxes near Pen y Gwryd. These were machine gun placements to hinder German progress in the event of an invasion. It was thought they might arrive from Southern Ireland. This area is and has been for thousands of years, a strategicly defensive position. Two of the pill poxes are built into and on a roman army marching camp. These particular defenses were part of a system known as the Western Command Stop Line 23 and ran from Bangor to Porthmadog. There are more remnants left around the Ogwen Valley, too, that were part of the same line. I'll do a bit more picture taking and research. I think a few of these pics give you an idea of how dark and gloomy they are! Just imagine - once upon a time, someone sat in them little concrete boxes, bored out of their mind and freezing cold. I wonder if they ever test fired the machine guns into the lake near Pen y Gwryd. Be interesting to find out more. I'd love to know who manned them. I wonder if they used the Pen y Gwryd too. I believe Snowdon summit was actually taken over by the Commando's during the Second World War. Interesting stuff.