Friday, 21 November 2014

Tintagel Cornwall holiday july 13th

Saturday morning in Cornwall and its wet !    we need to find a Tesco or somewhere to get provisions but until it eases off a bit we will stay in the caravan making plans of where to go this week .
About 4 o'clock the rain has stopped and we are driving into Newquay to go shopping , unfortunately the road the sat nav is trying to take us down is closed!   in fact after ages driving around in circles trying to find another way around All the roads are closed!    We cannot get to Tesco!      by accident i have just found Sainsburys on my phone and have parked in here , it seems today is the last day of a week long festival and a parade is going around the streets closing all the roads.
We take a quick look down at the harbour but it is dull and overcast so no pics worth taking , after stocking up with food its back to the van to plan tomorrows trip , the weather is looking great so Tintagel castle is our destination .

The following morning the sun is shining and blue sky greets us   :)
A 40 minute drive to Tintagel and we manage to squeeze into the small car park , only 2 spaces left. Phew!
We have just walked down a steep path down to the visitor centre to get tickets to go over onto the island ,There is a landrover service taking people up and down for a couple of quid but we are not that old!    lol     


 There is a steep section of steps up to the first castle but we bypassed this and are going straight over the bridge and up to the castle ruins.


                                                                     the ruins :)   lol



                                                         a good lookout post


                                             Mol is posing nicely with me for a change


                        There is not much left of the castle  considering how thick the walls are!



Must be first time Both the Terrible Twosome (aka  Bodmin Beasts) have co operated for a photo :)


                             Chester just had to go and nearly fall out of this hole!!!!!!   haha


                                     Mollsters turn to pose, she is doing this well today  hehe


 We have found a great spot in the sun on top of the headland to eat lunch , fantastic views all around  , but Moll is more interested in our food :)         Luckily she hasn't noticed the mountain goats!!!!!


              I have just spotted a few more mountain goats down below the cliff top Jan is standing on :)
amazing how they get up and down the sheer cliffs here!






                                                             Here i am shooting Mol


                                                            The resulting image :)


                           Waves are crashing against the cliffs now as the tide is coming in


Its a stunning coastline looking towards Pert Isaac in the distance , where we are going later in the week :)


                                                            posing next to a sea stack :)


                                                   She is really showing off today   lol


                            What a view!           all the way up past Boscastle and Bude








Castle ruins , wonder what actually happened to all the castles over the years after they were abandoned.





Its a long way up there , we have decided Not to climb up!  wouldn't be fair on the dogs!   hehe
so back over the bridge and take the left path down to the cove seems a better idea for Us :)





                   Its a beautiful cove , dogs on lead i believe though. so down to paddle Beasts :)



                                                                Having fun in the sea :)       


                          Time to explore the cave , Moll is not too happy going in here though


O dear , dam people throwing stones into the sea , she is going mad to get to them !   arghhhh


They are both having fun anyhow , i am going to go over to the end rocks to take a few pics, Jan is sitting down on the rocks watching me ........


I have just taken this and the Beast has pulled me off the rock into the stream entering the cove, my feet are soaked!!!!   thanks Mol       she is straining to get to stones being thrown in and her collar attachment has just broken!!!!!!   



After seemingly ages trying to catch her, she has been running up and down in the surf chasing stones!!!!!!      i have encouraged her into the cave where i have cornered her and caught her!  what a bad Mollster!
a final shot of the waterfall down the cliff before heading  back to the visitor centre and the very steep climb up to the village .




                                                                       one last image


its been a great day , very warm and complete contrast to yesterdays drizzly rain most of the day , the forecast for the week is changing and looks like going to be dry for the rest of our stay down here   Yay !
                                    tonight im going back to Holywell for the sunset :)

Friday, 14 November 2014

Cornwall July 11th pt1 Holywell bay Sunset

I seems only last week we came back from Tenby , it was actually 3 weeks ago lol   any how the Terrible Twosome , or as they will be called for this holiday "the Bodmin Beasts" have been loaded in the car , caravan packed and we are on our way all the way down to Newquay for the week :)


 After just over 6 & 1/2 hours we have arrived at the camp site , well its just a sloping bit of field actually!    but a superb view :)  and near to the beaches :D           Mollster is happy after the long journey.    and Chester takes up residence in ...........


                                                                    a reclining chair :D


 After dinner we are going to drive down to Holywell Beach which is only about 18 minutes drive  , hopefully might get a sunset tonight .
After parking in the national trust car park we walk across the dunes , cross the bridge and walk onto the beach, the tide is on its way in i think.



  Stunning warm evening on a beautiful almost deserted beach!   I love the ripples in the sand  lit by the low setting sun :)


  A few minutes later the light starts turning warmer :)   a long exposure of 91 seconds  smoothes out the incoming tide over the ripples.


 Bodmin Beasts are having loads of fun in the sea   , now my turn to start photographing the sunset .


       Jan is keeping the "beasts" ocupied while the sun lights up the cliffs behind us ..





I am now shooting long exposures with the incoming tide coming over the very shallow rippled sand , 91 seconds exposure on this one with a 10 stop nd filter.


                                                                         Here i am :)

              One of Jans series of "Find Phil" images  haha     more to come in the following week


the Beasts are tired now , while i am still shooting but the sun is not going to colour up much tonight as cloud has steadily built up :(


          Love the effect of the water slowly moving over the sand ripples   9 seconds for this one


                                                         54 seconds as a comparison.
         silky smooth water and more colour from the setting sun, pity all the cloud has ruined sunset


Time to go now , the weather is not looking good tomorrow for most of the day, but we have to go shopping in the morning so not too bad .

Monday, 10 November 2014

Dark Green Fritillaries at Newbough warren Anglesey June 30th 2014


Today i am going in search of Dark  Green Fritillaries  , there is a good site on the Island of Anglesey off the North Wales coast . So with  Mollster loaded in the car,  of we go :)     its looking a very warm sunny day , which might make it difficult to photograph them but they will at least be on the wing :)

After a 2 hour drive i arrive at Newbough car park , and decide to walk down towards the dunes firstly.


                                         There are plenty of wild Orchids in the clearings


 I have just spotted three Green Fritts :)   next to the main path  and i manage to get this open wing shot .


                                                                      and a Grayling


 Mol is getting restless so time to take her down to the beach, there is a slight problem though , dogs are not allowed on the beach at this time of year!    which is bloody stupid as its deserted!!!!!!!!!!!!
So i have to walk right down the coastline and around the headland to get to a dog friendly beach! 


                                    Around the boadwalk for no apparent reason ..................


                 and down the road side path amongst the buttercups which are looking lovely :)


 The path comes out next to the dunes by an almost deserted beach, the only people on it are walking to the peninsula to the lighthouse which is cut of by the incoming tide.


 i have made my way through the dunes and then the woods  which was not easy as there was no path!     we are high up on the headland and have to scramble down to the beach now!


                         Hurry up dad , i want to go in the sea Mollster is probably thinking!


After making our way down to the beach Mol is straight in after a stick i have found...............










The tide is coming in fast and have to be careful not to get cut off as there is not much of the beach where we have to climb back up.  After 20 mins its time to go and find some more butterflies .
The tide is almost across the narrow part cutting off the island very soon , we are now up top and walking back through the forest .



 Good view from up here , i have just noticed 2 people with dogs on the beach  as a ranger drives along and shouts at them   lol     its ok having a dog ban in summer hols when kids will be on the beach but its stupid midweek at this time!   Mutter Mutter LOL



 Back now up on the rough ground behind the dunes in search of butterflies , i have tied Mol to the gate so i can chase the Fritillaries :)



          Got one feeding !  Yay      it has taken ages , they are very flighty and i cant get near them



                                                                        a close view


                                                    Open wings nicely, so beautiful :)


             One last look before we go, its clouded over now and the butterflies have vanished!



                                                                   the end of a great day