Tenby in Pembrokeshire, Wales under clouds

Tenby Under Clouds / 500px

Source: Tenby Under Clouds / 500px

Tenby in Pembrokeshire

Tenby in Pembrokeshire is perhaps my favourite seaside holiday spot in the UK. It’s one of those places where you can choose central accommodation, park the car and walk to the beautiful beaches and some great restaurants. on this particular trip we took a boat across to Caldey Island. On the way we were presented with this picture. Good Memories.

Tenby colours. The many colours of the buildings contrast with the colours of the boats in the harbour.

Tenby Colours

Tenby colours never cease to amaze me. Walk down many of the streets in the “old” (or tourist oriented!) Tenby and the visitor will see the many shades of pink, blues and yellows which have been used  to paint the buildings. It’s a pretty place to visit.

A sunrise walk on Tenby North Beach at low tide makes access to the harbour easy. The photo at the top of this page was taken soon after sunrise with the tide not fully out. The bright colours of the boats look great against the old stone buildings of the harbour and the coloured buildings above.

On a cloudy morning, these are the colours of the Tenby Harbour.

The colours of Tenby on the harbour are a classic photo on many a calendar. Here’s one I captured on my last visit, again taken soon after sunrise, but from a higher viewpoint.

If you haven’t read my previous posts, Tenby is a popular summer holiday destination in Pembrokeshire in Wales, UK.

Photography Prints
llyn Gwynant camp before climbing Mt Snowdon

Llyn Gwynant Camping

Lllyn Gwynant camp

Easter weekend 2014 was planned a while ago, a couple of nights camping at Llyn Gwynant, with a climb to the top of Mount Snowdon. Friday saw us on our way, early, past Birmingham and heading towards Wales. Rhug Estate provided a pleasant refreshment stop, with the next stop being Llyn Gwynant campsite.

Llyn Gwynant really is a camper’s campsite. Situated in the shadow of Gallt y Wenallt, part of the Snowdon Masssif, the site consists of open fields located next to a river, leading into a lake. Parking is controlled, which means no cars in the camping area, and sound systems are banned. Really a beautiful spot for the keen camper.

Despite the site being busy, we were able to find a  spot next to the river and settle down for a couple of nights camping. With a sunny day to enjoy, next to a lake, once we had made camp, the only realistic thing to do was, of course to hire a raft and go boating. The eight seater “raft” was actually two canoes bound together by a wooden frame. With the length of lake explored, and the requisite mid-lake toast made it was time to settle down to a couple of excellent Welsh beers and dinner.

Now there is one disadvantage to camping in a valley in the mountains. Well before sunset the sun slips behind the mountains. In Wales in April that means it gets COLD. Fortunately LLyn Gwynant is a “proper” campsite with facilities for a campfire. Take a bunch of Southern Africans camping and there has to be a braai or a potjie. Beer was soon accompanied by a tasty one pot beef and rice concoction.

A good night’s sleep saw everyone up early for coffee and a skottel bacon and bagel breakfast. That’s a grand mix – in Wales, eating bacon cooked on a South African skottel, accompanied by a bread originally from Poland!

Now for the main event. A bit of preparation and kit checking, and we were off to Pen y Pass to start our climb up the mountain. Watch this space for the next installment.


Photography Notes

As always a couple of photo notes. Nothing fancy here, just the Canon EOS 450D with Sigma 17-50, Aperture priority in general. I use a slightly increased saturation, which has delivered strong blue skies and green grass.


Sunset Tenby Street - Photography Prints from Jeremy Hayden Photography

Sunset Tenby Street

Sunset, Tenby

A Sunset Tenby Street
© 2013 hairy1travels.com / Jeremy Hayden Photography

We found a sunset Tenby street. Sometimes a holiday trip and photography collide. There we were walking down the street looking for a bite of dinner. And there was the sunset. The colours of the sunset complimented the street so well, this was a picture that just had to happen.

For the photography fans, yes it did take a bit of post-processing, but I like the shot anyway.