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#SundayStills ~ Mountains and Valleys #Nature #Landscape #Photography

I’m delighted to be hosting Sunday Stills for Terry Webster Schrandt during August while she takes a blogging break.

This week’s theme is mountains and valleys. At the moment we’re living near Snowdonia National Park. It’s very scenic and is the largest national park in Wales. It also has the highest mountain in England and Wales and has many pretty villages and lakes.

A lone house with Mount Snowdon in the background. I don’t think I’d like to be so isolated, especially in winter.

One of the many walks.

The Pontcysyllte Aqueduct takes the Llangollen canal over the river Dee valley. You can walk across (if you don’t mind heights.) Designed and built by Thomas Telford and William Jessop, it was completed in 1805 and took 10 years to design, build and test. It’s now a World Heritage Site. The aquaduct is 39 metres high and 3.6 metres wide.

Looking down on the town of Llangollen from the ruins of Dinas Bran castle

A birds eye view of the town of Conwy and the estuary from the dizzy heights of Conwy mountain. 

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.

  • Title your post a little differently than mine.

  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.

  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.

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Beaches · Coast · Nature · Photography · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ Beautiful Beaches around the UK #Nature #Photography #Coast

I’m delighted to be hosting Sunday Stills for Terry Webster Schrandt during August while she takes a blogging break.

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This week’s theme is Beautiful Beaches and we have lots to choose from in the UK. I love spending time by the ocean. The beach heading the post is Bamburgh in Northumberland, overlooked by the impressive castle.

The photos above and below are images of Porthminster Beach at St Ives in Cornwall. We stayed there many times when we lived down south.

We also spent a lot of time at Carbis Bay which is just down the coast a little way from St Ives.

The beach at Rhos on Sea is much closer to home and great for building sand castles.

Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast has a beach of two halves—sand and pebbles.  

On the pebble beach the ‘stone man’ as we used to call him, could often be seen balancing stones at incredible angles.

And the lovely stretch of Newborough Beach and sand dunes on Angelsey. 

At low tide Llanddwyn Island is accessible on foot from Newborough. Llanddwyn translates to the Church of St Dwynwen. She is the Welsh patron saint of lovers and lived during the 5th century AD.  The legend goes that after a failed romance and to avoid an arranged marriage Dwynwen retreated to Llanddwyn and lived the life of a hermit.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge Reminders

  • Please create a new post for the theme.
  • Title your post a little differently than mine.
  • Don’t forget to create a pingback to this post so that other participants can read your post. I also recommend adding your post’s URL into the comments.
  • Entries for this theme can be shared all week. Use hashtag #SundayStills for sharing on social media.
Cee's FOTD Challenge · Flower · FOTD · Nature · Photography · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills #FOTD ~ Yellow Flowers on yesterday’s walk #Nature #Flowers #Yellow

Welcome to a late entry for the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt. The theme this week is yellow and I’m also joining Cee’s flower of the day (July 30th) although there are several flowers.

Yellow was the predominant colour yesterday. There were countless groups of each of the flowers and they made a lovely bright display.

Animals · Photo Challenge · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ All Things Wild and Weird #Photography

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is Wild and Weird

This unusual lighthouse is know as The Lighthouse on Legs for obvious reasons. It’s situated on the beach at Burnham on Sea on the Bristol Channel and was built in 1832 and is Grade II Heritage listed and as far as I know, still active.

I wonder how long this passenger has been waiting for the driver!

Although these are technically wild Welsh ponies, they’re used to people as long as they don’t get too close.

This exotic looking bird was on display in Cragside, a Victorian Manor House, when we visited last year. Could be a lesser bird of paradise. 

Time to exercise the pony…

The smallest house in Great Britain is just 122 inches high and 72 inches wide and occupies a tiny space on Conwy quay. It was lived in by a local fisherman, who was 6 foot 3inches in height, until 1900. I hope he didn’t try to navigate the tiny doorway after a few pints in the pub. The house had just enough space for a single bed, fireplace and coal bunker and apparently an elderly couple lived there before the fisherman.

Coast · Landscape · Nature · Photography · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ The Amazing #Sky #Nature #Photography

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is SKY. It’s incredible how the sky changes, sometimes from one minute to the next.

This was an unusual cloud formation that I hadn’t seen before, reminding me of ripples in the sand as the tide recedes.

Colourful clouds followed by an angry looking sky

I love the clouds here. We were driving along a country lane and I had to stop and take a photo. Luckily there was a handy lay-by. 

This is a fairly familiar sight in the skies above and around us.

Everyone’s eyes were turned skyward for this display by the Red Arrows

The rainclouds had blown over to give us this pretty rainbow.

Landscape · Nature · Pets · Photo Challenge · Scenery · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ What does Freedom mean to you? #Landscape #Nature #Pets #Wildlife

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is Freedom.

At the moment, freedom to me would mean getting out and about and going wherever I please. Won’t be possible for a while.

Freedom of the skies

A herd of Kashmiri goats are free to roam on the Great Orme

During lockdown they took advantage of the lack of people in town and decided to pay several visits en masse.

Finn loves being free to run off lead, especially on the beach.

And I love being free to spend time in this place without a voice following me around saying ‘haven’t you got enough books!’

Barter Books is a fantasic second hand bookshop housed in what used to be a railway station, with many, many shelves of all kinds of books, real fires, a cafe and seating areas scattered around. I really hope they can keep trading.

Nature · Photo Challenge · Photography · Scenery · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills ~ Beginning and End of the Day #Sunrise #Sunset #Nature #Photography

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt at Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

This week’s theme is Rise/Set 

We stayed in an AirBNB a few years ago and this was the sight that greeted us in the morning. Sunrise over the North Sea…

Sunrise over the North Sea

A cloudy sunrise over the Herefordshire countryside…

Sunset over Llandudno Bay…

A couple of years ago we drove over to Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey to catch the sunset and it was spectacular…

Early morning dog walk with the sun coming up… Can you make out the lone fisherman on the shoreline in the second one? 

Sunrise over the Little Orme

Sunrise over St Ives harbour

The rising moon was visible quite frequently during April and May with the beautiful weather we had…

This picture was also taken on an early morning dog walk, just as the moon was setting. Unfortunately I only had my phone and was too far away to get a good shot…

Birds · Flower · Goldfinch · Nature · Photography · Sunday Stills

#SundayStills #Plantlife ~ Our Little Patch #Nature #Photography #Garden

Welcome to the Sunday Stills feature created and hosted by Terri Webster Schrandt 

This week’s theme is plant life. I’m so grateful, especially now, to have some outdoor space. It’s not large by any stretch of the imagination but it’s a nice place to sit out when the weather allows. At the moment, as is often the case in Wales, it’s raining and very windy. 

Nevertheless, the plants, most of them anyway, seem to be thriving. The hydrangeas are coming into flower

The birds enjoy foraging for tasty treats in the hebe bushes

Quite a few small flowers are making an appearance

These pictures are the before and after ~ the new shoots on the Red Robin shrub

The magnolia flowers are well gone but they were lovely while they lasted

And just for fun, this goldfinch was determined not to give up his perch at the top of the tree despite being buffeted by the wind.