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Flint Castle #1

Flint castle and rainbow at high tide on the North Wales coast

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The story behind this image

During the 13th century Edward the First built a series of castles along the welsh coast in order to impose his rule over the fractious natives.

The most northerly of these is Flint castle on the estuary of the river Dee, featured in this image.

When the castle was originally built the sea came right up to the walls, providing both defense and a means of resupply in the event of a siege.

But over the centuries the river Dee silted up, leaving Flint castle high and dry for most of the year.

However, every now and then when there's a particularly high spring tide the sea manages to briefly reclaim the land it lost, returning once again to wet the stones at the base of the castle.

Such was the case on this day in late September, when my wife Liz and I positioned ourselves on the earth berm overlooking the salt marsh in front of the castle to watch and photograph as the tide came in.

The weather was quite frisky that day, with clouds racing by overhead casting patches of sunlight and shadow over the rapidly disappearing marsh below.

Then a brief shower arrived, creating a vivid rainbow over the castle just as the tide reached its highest point.

This image is one of hundreds that I captured while the tide came in, to create my Flint Timelapse #1 video.

I chose this frame to present here as a standalone picture thanks to that lovely rainbow over the castle.

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Image data

Filename - flint castle 01

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/160 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky.

Location - Flint, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is one of hundreds taken to create my Flint Timelapse #1 video.