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Trip to Anglesey

Back in June I made the trip up to Anglesey to spend the day running a nature ramble for the Welshot Academy (http://www.welshotimaging.co.uk) across different sites on Anglesey looking for all kinds of nature related photographic opportunities and to pass on a few of my tips and tricks for shooting nature.

After several traffic delays I finally made it up, the first time in many years I've been to Anglesey and for some parts of the day the first time since I graduated from University of Wales Bangor that I have visited! I met a couple of the lovely ladies participating in the day in the hotel and after a good night's sleep it was time to go see what we could find.

The day started at Penmon looking for coastal flowers, bugs and also seascapes. The weather wasn't the kindest to us but we had a good couple of hours before the rain started and the sea was beautifully calm!

Watery Silhouette


As we reached lunch time the rain started so we decided on a quick change of plans and went off for lunch and a wonder around Pili Palas for some butterfly photography. Despite being a big hot and humid we had a great time and everyone got stuck into taking some very different and more creative butterfly images including trying black and white.

Eventually the rain stopped and we headed off to Newborough Warren to see what we could find and were delighted to find two species of orchid, common spotted (Dactylorhiza fuchsii) and Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella) which we spent some time trying some different techniques and using mini Lastolite reflectors and Manfrotto Lumimuse to light the areas in shadow. But it wasn't only orchids we found, much to my delight there were loads of toadlets moving around on the sand paths so the challenge was to try and photograph them, not easy when they are less than 1.5cm in length, but persistence paid off (I actually returned to the same area the following morning to spend more time with the toadlets).

Toad On A Log - Common toad (Bufo bufo)


I've been Spotted - Common toad (Bufo bufo)


Sand Mountain - Common Toad (Bufo bufo)


Sand Monster - Common Toad (Bufo bufo)


Following some intense toadlet photography, it was off to the last stop on our nature ramble and tour, RSPB South Stack, arriving to catch the end of day sunshine and snap some more seascapes, coastal plants and birds. I even took a few seascapes (well mainly for the clouds) and a few bird photos.

Toadlet In The Sand - Common Toad (Bufo bufo)


Herring Gull Silhoutte


Sea Light


Pre-Sunset


All in all it was a very enjoyable day, a huge thank you to Welshot to looking after me so well and to everyone that attended the day for your fantastic company and getting stuck it! I have really enjoyed meeting lots of lovely new people who love their photography and have enjoyed seeing everyone's photos. A big thank you to everyone, hope to see you all again soon.

Clouds and Sea