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Mawddach Estuary #4

Dinghy moored in the Mawddach estuary at low tide on the welsh coast

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Light, fluffy cumulus clouds cast a patchwork of sunlight and shadow across the landscape of the Snowdonia National park on a glorious summer's day.

My wife Liz and I are making the most of the sixteen hours of daylight up here at 53°N to venture southwards from our home in North Wales to check out the beautiful scenery around the Mawddach Estuary between the twin seaside resorts of Barmouth and Fairbourne.

Having spent the early part of the afternoon on an invigorating hike around the marvellous Cregennan Lakes, high in the mountains above the estuary, we then dropped back down to sea level for a picnic tea, parking up at Fairbourne Point with stunning views inland to the mountains of Snowdonia away to the east.

It was low tide when we arrived at Fairbourne, with acres of golden sand laid out before us, glowing in the warm light of the westering sun with the river Mawddach cutting through.

Of course, I didn't just sit there munching pizza, as with so much beauty of offer I couldn't resist the urge to capture as comprehensive a variety of the views on offer as I could in a series of still photos and videos.

Stranded on the sand, awaiting the return of the Irish Sea, my eye was drawn to this colourful dinghy and its reflection, making an interesting feature against which to set the wonderful scenery and dynamic skies.

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Image data

Filename - mawddach estuary 04

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 35mm

Exposure - 1/250 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - 2 stop neutral density graduated filter used to reduce the brightness of the sky relative to the landscape.

Location - Mawddach Estuary, Snowdonia, Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights.