Today’s Treasures – Lake Bala – a Moment of Tranquility
A visit to Lake Bala is always an uplifting experience. Its tranquil waters have a calming effect. On this late August morning it was amazing, the lake was drenched in clouds but as we watched, the floating mist drifted across the surface of the lake, dissipating in the sunshine.
A faint hint of the chill of autumn touches the morning air, the sun gathering warmth as it climbs in the sky. Boats perch on the water, still as statues. A slight breeze touches a flag and its reflection ripples the glass mirror surface. The silence of the water is surreal.
Dewdrops glisten on blades of grass, twinkling tantalisingly in the sunlight. As the clouds unfold, hilltops peep out like prehistoric creatures, fields and trees appear as if a magic paintbrush is wiping the mist away.
Sitting watching the last of the mist disappear, I let my mind drift in amongst the boats, floating along the ripples on the lake, free of life’s complexities, like a bird, devoid of human preoccupation. A moment of tranquility.
Apart from being a beautiful place to sit and dream, Lake Bala (Llyn Tegid) is the largest natural lake in Wales and an internationally important Ramsar wetlands site. It is the home of the Gwyniad (a type of whitefish), and glutinous snails – both species unique to the area. In the River Tryweryn, one of the rivers that feed the lake, live freshwater pearl mussels and The Lamprey, a rare eel-like fish.
Pblished in the September edition of The Whitchurch Gossip magazine.