After a dry start to August, the last 3 or 4 days of rain have tried to make up for lost time and the river is now running quite full. I do love watching the water dance a jig as it twists & bubbles its way beneath the trees.
Fri 1.19in – Sat 1.91in – Sun 1.96in – Mon 1.23in
Here's a photo from earlier this month; taken on the beach just south of Llwyngwril, as the sun set on a windy day where I'd been seeking out a cloud break by visiting the coast.
This is a 3 minute exposure using the 82mm Heliopan ND3 filter. The rising tide was being driven in by a strong south-westerly and this helped to add to the translucent satin mist that typifies these long exposures.
Once I'd dried off my feet and then reviewed the image, I immediately started thinking not of the Irish Sea but imagining the boulder strewn landscape of a world yet to be explored.
Hoping that you too, can become lost for a while in this Alien Dusk …
One of the many things that I love about Wales, is its variable weather. Yes it does rain frequently but it’s also so changeable; which means it’s rarely boring and sometimes quite dramatic.
Take the last few days for example …
A couple of days ago my photography took me to the coast and we decided to mix business with pleasure by making a family day of it.
The weather was glorious, clear blue skies, strong hot sunshine and a comfortably warm sea as well. Conditions on Aberdaron beach were fabulous.
Jane & Tamsin enjoyed a swim in the sea and a bit of rock pooling whilst I worked on some photography.
The flowers at the base of the sandy cliffs were also enjoying the sun.
I was well aware that a frontal system was approaching from across the Irish Sea. Indeed part of my plan included a desire to catch some interesting clouds over the coastal landscape or failing that, a colourful sunset.
So after a bite to eat we left Aberdaron and drove across to Porth Oer. As expected the north western skies built up and produced a pleasing display.
An added bonus for our journey home was a clear inland sky with a glorious full moon.
So where’s the contrast in this weather? Well that front I mentioned; it has brought us several days of stormy weather with over 3 inches of rain falling in a 24 hour period. This is what Tal-y-llyn looked like at the end of those 24 hours:
With boats a bobbing, water bursting out of its banks and clouds ready to release another deluge.
And now, thankfully, we’re expecting a few finer days again.