From the Mountains to the Sea – Part 2   7 comments

Another weekend in Mid Wales, this time at the start of the Easter holidays.

 

Such is my poor memory these days I have no recollection of what we did during the day on the Saturday as I have no photographs to remind me. We may have been to Aberystwyth or it may have rained. Forever will that day be lost. What I do remember is dragging the kids out on a cold and windy evening to watch the sunset and watch me take photos with my new camera accessory, a carbon fibre tripod.

clarach bay

clarach bay

clarach bay

I was trying to capture the motion of the waves in low light and shutter speeds to blur the water and give it that milky look. Considering I’m still learning I was pretty pleased with the results

clarach bay

clarach bay

clarach bay

TBF joined us on the Sunday so we went out for a day of exploring.

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

We took in Dolgoch falls near Towyn. When I’d walked the Tarrens a couple of years ago I’d spied a nice grassy spot by the river at the top of waterfalls that would make a fine picnic stop. The walk up past the falls is interesting with lots on old mine workings and of course waterfalls to keep everyone entertained

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

The picnic site was indeed very fine and we spent a lazy couple of hours, just enough sunshine for it to feel like summer. TJS in a down jacket rather spoils that image 🙂

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

On the way back I tried some waterfall motion shots, again aiming for the blurred effect. Again, I’m pretty pleased with the results but more practice needed

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

dolgoch, dolgoch falls

There was still time for more adventure so we drove on to Castell y Bere. The remains are a little scant but the situation is dramatic and we had the whole place to ourselves.

castell y bere, birds rock, craig yr aderyn

castell y bere, birds rock, craig yr aderyn

Craig yr Aderyn or Bird Rock really catches the eye and I loved the place.

castell y bere, birds rock, craig yr aderyn

castell y bere, birds rock, craig yr aderyn

We scrambled and mucked about for a good hour before the grey clouds and cool breeze inspired us to move on

castell y bere, birds rock, craig yr aderyn

One final stop. Aberdovey, one of those places in this area that despite years on exploring the area I’ve never been to. It’s on the estuary rather than the coast and it was chilly in the breeze

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

Despite that, there were several people spending a day on the beach. We walked along the edge of the estuary to watch the tide chase us back again. The contrast in the light was amazing. A patch of crystal clear blue sky over the sea and dark clouds over the mountains

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

aberdovey, dyfi estuary

It was an action packed day and great to hop around and see several places rather than just one. There was even time to drag the kids back to the beach for more sunsets and more photo opportunities for me.

clarach bay

clarach bay

clarach bay

clarach bay

TBF and the kids stayed for the rest of the week while I headed off home and work and for some more adventures of my own the next weekend…..

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7 responses to “From the Mountains to the Sea – Part 2

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  1. I think those blurred water effects are very good.

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  2. Nice photos.
    That looks like a top picnic spot, and the castle looks like it’s very dramatically situated.

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    beatingthebounds
  3. Nice nature and great photos. 🙂

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