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Rhoscolyn #11

Sea Pink Thrift flowers on the cliffs at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales on a sunny day

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It's late May and the cliffs around Rhoscolyn on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey are alive with vibrant wild flowers.

This is a prime time of the year to be exploring this North Wales coastal location, a fact my wife Liz and I take full advantage of, living only an hour's drive from this amazing place.

Walking the Anglesey coastal path northwards from Rhoscolyn, we soon reach a natural wonderland of twisted rocks along the cliff edge, with only the barest covering of thin soil providing an anchor for the hardy plants that have made this exposed location their home.

Foremost amongst the wild flowers that have colonised here is the Sea Pink Thrift or Armeria Maritima to give it its 'official' name.

From small clusters to full on blankets, these small flowers hug the ground, staying out of the strong breezes that hit this coast as much as possible, and provide a riot of colour, plus nectar for insects, for a few weeks every year.

They also provide a great photo opportunity for me, adding a splash of pink and a touch of fragility to counterpoint the rugged and unforgiving rocky coastal landscape.

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Filename - rhoscolyn 11

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f16, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.