Are salt marshes landscape or seascape?
Both I guess. On this day it was landscape with some sea remaining in the gullies of the salt marshes. But with the lie of the land, it doesn’t take long for it to be covered by sea. The Loughor Estuary, situated between the Gower Peninsula and Carmarthenshire in South Wales, is a fascinating place. Always changing with the water and the light, the sunshine and the rain.
This week’s featured StillWalks video is set a few weeks ahead of the current date in terms of the time of year but the flowers and activity of the birds celebrate the beautiful sunny weather of Spring with gusto and are a welcome change to the wild, wet and windy weather we had through Winter.
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Following an enjoyable meeting of Swansea Walking Forum at the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on Swansea Seafront last week, I came out of the centre to be greeted by this view. It almost seemed as if there was a huge fire in the distance.
At first glance these images may appear to be black and white – but of course, there is colour in there, it’s just very subtle. The view looks across Swansea Bay and towards Mumbles Lighthouse in South Wales. The weather, being wild and windy with a lot of changing sunlight and shade, made the sea a range of greys and it was the intermittent clouds that created much of the contrast.
I debated whether or not to make them monotone and I tried it out as it seemed the obvious thing to do. I made the necessary adjustments as best I could to ensure they worked, and tried out some whackier filters and balances. However, in the end I found I prefer that subtlety of colour that is there if you look closely, and gives a different atmosphere to the images than was the case when converted to black and white.
I made small adjustments to all the images. They could all have been made much more dramatic but I guess I am a lover of nuance, and so decided to stick with what you see!
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These photos are more about the light than they are about Swansea, except that they were taken from the top of Kilvey Hill, an urban woodland that is surrounded by the city.
It was a beautiful evening when I took these pictures but even then the clouds were heralding yet another a change in the weather. Constant change may be something we have to accept in the weather these days, but fortunately there can be as much beauty in those changes as in the pleasure we feel in the sunshine – when we get it.
There are many more beautiful images to be seen from Kilvey Hill on the StillWalks Photography website.
A good place for a walk – the expansive space of Swansea Bay when the tide is out and the cloud is low and I can feel the tickle of spray on my cheek.
The inevitability of getting poured on can be seen from some way off. Not a hurricane but dramatic all the same and allowing a little time to get to shelter.
No chrome effect on these shots, just the colour of the day! The photos I have posted this week may show the wetter side of Galloway in South West Scotland but tomorrow’s will show another side to the story.
These two photos were taken with my old Fuji FinePix compact camera which had a chrome effect setting (different to the b & w setting). I was playing around with it one day in Galloway, South West Scotland a few years ago but the effect you see isn’t so much the cause of the camera setting as the weather and light itself.