In May 2019, I paid yet another visit to Anglesey, this time with my wife. We crossed from Bangor by the Menai Bridge, but this time I took the road North-Eastwards and drove us through Beaumaris and Llangoed to Penmon.
Just before we got there, we stopped at Penmon Priory and the Dovecote for a quick look around before we parked the car for our lunch and a walk around. The beach was quiet with very few other visitors so we had plenty of open space to choose to place our beach chairs and admire the view.
We’d come for the view across Penmon Point lighthouse (Trwyn Du) to Puffin Island. My first photo (above) was one that I took close to the water’s edge, just after lunch, to practice with a tripod and neutral density filter mounted.
Puffin Island is well named for its Puffin colony, though it is also a base for many other types of seabird and, in the sea around it, it is common in Summer to see dolphins and harbour porpoise. Anglers, such as the fisherman in the photo, also find plenty fish, such as mackerel to tempt them to the beach.
Angler on Penmon Point beach
When I noticed a sailing ship with red sails approaching to pass Puffin Island, I wasted no time in mounting my camera back onto the tripod to photograph it.
It seemed a shame just to remain in the one place, so there was time for a wander a bit further along the beach for quite different shots of both the lighthouse and of Puffin Island.