Llandudno and Ynys Llanddwyn
5th April 2018
Another day out with Jim which started well with a clear sunrise at Llandudno Pier. We arrived a bit late having negotiated various night closures on the motorway only to find a lack of parking anywhere near the pier at six in the morning.
Having squeezed the van into 2/3rds of a space, with the back end hanging perilously close to the zigzags of a deserted pedestrian crossing, we headed for the beach on the west side of the pier as the light was growing in the East.
The tide was retreating fast so we had to keep moving and I settled on this composition just before the sun clipped the horizon and made the contrast unmanageable.
Returning to the prom at seven we spotted a traffic warden busily inspecting cars parked on the disabled spaces near the pier so we hastily made our way towards Anglesey and our next locations.
Ynys Llanddwyn is a lovely location, cut off from the mainland twice a day by the tide. On the first sunny day of the Easter School Holidays it was also going to be a busy place.
We got there relatively early having checked out another location that wasn’t right for the clear conditions we had. This had more potential but the middle of the day with bright sun is rarely ideal for landscape.
I took a short detour from the well trodden path to visit the wreck of the Athena a little way up the beach, which was just starting to be lapped by the rising tide, before crossing to the island.
I was on the lookout for some different shots from the iconic view that I got last time I visited here. The neat little row of pilot’s cottages and the old boat hose under the navigation point gave me just what I was after.
Our original plan had been to stay here until sunset, catching the warm evening sunlight as we waited but as the crowds were gathering and the sky was slowly clouding over we decided to beat a retreat, satisfied with what we already had in the bag.