seemed to end this year on 31st May and Summer to
begin on June 1st!
With the cool wet May consigned to history, it
was time to get out there and appreciate the warm
sunshine, usually with fishing rods in tow. The
camera came along at times to try and capture
some of it, although I must admit I do storms
better! Anyway, without any further ado.....
Bass-fishing on the S side of the Dyfi Estuary
opposite Aberdyfi. We caught huge amounts of....
Weed gets displaced by all the jetskis etc that
throng the estuary at weekends and once it starts
floating about in the water it can take ages to
clear. It drapes fishing-lines in the strong
tides on flood and ebb and can make fishing
This almost luminous green weed is prolific over
the sandbanks at this time of year.....
at Borth the sea has an almost Caribbean look to
it. What's that strange dark area in the sea? The
shadow of a cloud?
No - it's a
massive shoal of whitebait. Here, bass or
mackerel are attacking them and driving them
towards the surface, where hundreds of gulls,
terns, shearwaters and the odd gannet or two
flock to the easy pickings.
Another evening fishing the beach at Borth. At
this time of year, in fine weather, it's too busy
to fish by day. The sea is full of people, dogs
try to eat your bait and the fish are out in
deeper water. At dusk, they move back in -
Sunset, with a faint light-pillar....
The sun is
now well below the horizon. This is the time of
year for noctilucent clouds which are sometimes
seen a couple of hours after sunset, but not on
this occasion! If you see them, they will appear
as ghostly, white to electric blue clouds,
sometimes in rippled or herringbone formations.
They can occasionally be very bright and have
been mistaken for an aurora. Over 80km up, they
exist in the outermost part of our atmosphere -
on the very edge of space itself!
Midsummer twilight in the Northern sky, with the
lights of Aberdyfi R.
days, work was put to one side and we journeyed
up to Uwchymynydd, at the SW tip of the Lleyn
Peninsula, fishing for mackerel and pollack amid
stunning scenery - this area is known as the
Land's End of Wales. A hilltop above
the point hosts a coastguard's observing station,
whilst hereabouts are the concrete footings of
long-gone WW2 gun-emplacements. The panorama out
to sea is certainly extensive - would make a good
storm-photography venue I keep thinking to
Looking down to the point. The tidal rip, as it
forces itself around the point, is particularly
evident during the ebb on a big Spring tide....
On smaller tides, smooth plains of upwelling
water mark where the sea is rising over submerged
...whilst on big tides the area resembles a
river's rapids - the tide bombs along at over 5
knots in these conditions with numerous standing
waves forming: no place to be in a small
It's difficult to do justice to this in
photographs alone. They lack the motion - and the
sound the thing makes. The noise is not
dissimilar to the Severn Bore!
The fish lie in wait alongside the tidal rip,
devouring any small fry swept through it, and
casting lures from nearby rock platforms into
this area does the job! Freshly-caught mackerel,
grilled with a little butter, pepper and herbs
takes some beating, so this has been a regular
haunt on fine days when it's safe to be out here.
In rough or wet conditions, these rocks are very
dangerous and I for one avoid them in all but
flat calm, dry days....
....when Bardsey appears to float on the jewelled
sea beyond the Sound.
By early July things were on the change again,
though. Thermal plumes moved up from the
Continent and in time destabilised after giving
several days of temperatures in the high twenties
- ka-boom! The above (last shot on this film) was
taken recently looking across to the Trannon
windfarm and sets the scene.
I've been chasing four afternoons in a row now
(July 6th) with a mixed bag of results which I'll
sort through and post on the site when I get the
films developed. One thing's for sure - after the
amount of lightning I saw yesterday, I feel in
serious need of a digital camcorder!
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