Penmon Lighthouse, Anglesey, Wales by Mike Marshall

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Ynys Mon or Anglesey in English is the largest of the Welsh Islands, it sits proud on the North West coast and is separated by a sea channel called the Menai Straits. Here the tides have significant flow reaching some 6 knots on spring tides. An island of great photographic opportunities and quite a few lighthouses both working and redundant. Penmon point is a favourite with Tourists and was chosen by myself and my good friend for the days shoot. There was quite a breeze on the day and a nice small swell of around a metre. An unstable weather system was proving big changes in light due to the large cloud banks moving through. Its an easy drive to Penmon, but the roads start to narrow as you are reaching the point. We had stopped at an old Quarry on the way and took some shots. To park the car on the point is a £3 parking change on a privately owned "road" :). The plus side is the lovely Pilot House cafe within a few yards. of the car.

There wasn't a plan for a sunrise nor sunset, the shot was taken looking east and includes Puffin Island with its remains of a 12th Century Monastery. As the name suggest it does harbour Puffins in the breeding season, however quite a few years ago rats infested the island and took over the burrows, wiping out the Puffin colonies. The rats were cleared and happily the puffins have returned, albeit, in small numbers.

The exposure was taken at 30secs with a 10 stop to smooth out the lumpy sea and a Polariser. At the time of taking the shot we had some fabulous light onto the Lighthouse and the Island, which resulted in one of two best shots of the day.


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