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Rhoscolyn #17

Rocky coastline and island at Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales on a sunny day

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A gorgeous day in late May, and where else would you want to be other than on the North Wales coast!?

Striding out along the rocky cliffs at Rhoscolyn on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey, my wife Liz and I are gulping down lungfuls of fresh sea air as the sun's warmth seeps into our bones in the gentle onshore breeze.

This is a magical stretch of coastline, comprising hidden coves where you can occasionally watch seals relaxing on the rocks, cliffs made out of twisted and tortured rock strata and a short lived covering of colourful Sea Pink Thrift wild flowers.

Half a mile or so along the coast, northwards from Rhoscolyn beach, lies the stunning natural sea arch of Bwa Gwyn (White Arch), which is our final destination on this invigorating hike.

But our progress is slowed somewhat by my insistence on photographing the beautiful coastal scenery as we walk along.

Just offshore from Rhoscolyn lies this small island, part of a group known as Ynysoedd Gwylanod (Seagull's Islands), with a navigational Beacon Tower poking up over the the horizon that definitely caught my eye, along with the rugged rocks in the foreground and a wonderfully positioned single cumulus cloud, hovering over the island.

So another couple of minutes were added to our hike while I scrambled over the rocks to compose and shoot this image.

But after all, what's the rush on a wonderful late afternoon on the Anglesey coast?

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Filename - rhoscolyn 17

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 35mm

Exposure - 1/60 sec @ f11, ISO200

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

Location - Rhoscolyn, Anglesey, North Wales

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Image underexposed slightly to preserve highlights.