Challenge: Sand (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D
Lens: Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
Location: Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, North Wales.
Date: Dec 29, 2008
Shutter: 2.0 sec
Galleries: Nature, Seascapes
Date Uploaded: Jan 3, 2009
|'Ynys Llanddwyn or Llanddwyn Island is a small tidal island off the west coast of Anglesey, North Wales.
The island is very interesting geologically with pillow lava, jasper formations and aeolian sand deposits. The island also forms part of the National Nature Reserve of Newborough Warren which includes the extensive and floristically rich sand dune system. Llanddwyn Island is not always an island; it remains attached to the mainland at all but the highest tides. It provides excellent views of Snowdonia and the Llŷn Peninsula.
The island is very rich in legends and in particular the association with Dwynwen. The name Llanddwyn means "The church of St. Dwynwen". Dwynwen is the Welsh patron saint of lovers, making her the Welsh equivalent of St. Valentine. Her Saint's day is January 25 and is often celebrated by the Welsh with cards and flowers.
There are more than 10 miles of footpaths crossing Llanddwyn Island and Newborough Warren, including the Anglesey Coastal Path, and it is a very popular place to visit. The island provides a worth-while goal after the mile-long walk along the beach from the nearest car park. Llanddwyn Island, with the neighbouring beach, has been awarded Blue Flag beach status in recognition of the cleanliness of the sea and the beaches' - Wikipedia (2009).
This truly is a magnificent place to visit and photograph; particularly with Snowdonia as a backdrop (you can just barely see part of it on the horizon in this image). It takes me about 2 hours to get here from Manchester, but it's well worth the effort, and it's somewhere I can see myself spending a lot of time in the foreseeable future.
Just as an extra tit bit of information for those interested; Demi Moore made a film based in Llanddwyn island called 'Half Light' which showcases wonderfully the natural beauty and ruggedness of this shore line. Follow the link below for a snippet of the film + location:
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