Penmon Photoshoot on Ynys Mon, Cymru – Wales

The 12th dawned bright and sunny, which was just as well, as we had a few things we wanted to do today. Plan ‘A’ had three parts, and part 1 was to go to a car park overlooking the Menai Straits that we have nick named Penmon car park – well, it is a car park and it is in the area called Penmon. Regular readers will know that we come here to chill out for a while with fruit and coffee; watching the view, birds, waves and clouds, and that is what we did.

745 Herring Gull
Here’s the bird – a Herring Gull

748 Rock and blue water
Our first view of todays colour, Blue, and the Menai Straits with Conwy Bay in the distance.

759 Yacht and turbine sails
Sails in the distance, on yacht and wind driven turbines – all through a heat haze no less.

Part 2 was to go to Penmon Point for an Earthcache. An Earthcache is a special kind of geocache, where, instead of finding a hidden cache, we come to see a site of geological interest. Ynys Mon – the Isle of Anglesey – is a geologists cornucopia of rocks, strata, faults etc with access to eons of history. To claim an Earthcache, we have to visit the site, and answer questions set by the Cache Owner (CO), and quite often to take a photo to prove we’ve been there. A CO is the person who sets a geocache in place, and does the write up and description that explains what the geocache is all about.

3 Penmon Point and Puffin Island
Penmon Point and Puffin Island

The Earthcache I came to visit today was on the subject of Berms. A berm is a shingle bank built by storm waves. Big storms throw large pebbles up high, and smaller storms throw smaller pebbles less high, so the seaward slope has steps in it. Berms typically form between two headlands.

8 Andy at the Berm at Penmon Point
The intrepid geocacheologist at the Berm

771 Berm at Penmon Point
The shape of the berm shows up nicely from this angle.

Part 3 was to have a photoshoot simultaneously with Parts 1 and 2, hopefully to find suitable images for four challenges that I’m involved with at the moment.The main one being this Remote Shootaboot, and I was hoping to capture some yachts, which seemed rather apt as it’s Columbus day on Monday.

762 Anglers on rocks and boat
The wonderful weather brought out loads of anglers, some in boats, some on the rocks.

778 Yacht versus canoe
Lots of canoeists and yachts, and here they look as though the yacht and canoeists are too close for comfort.

772 Coastal geology at Penmon point.
The scenery at Penmon Point is varied and pretty. There is a nice T-bar here that does yummy toasted sandwiches.

We didn’t stop for a toasted sandwich, as I had a chicken stew ready back home. It’s an 11 mile journey, which takes about 30 minutes on the narrow roads. The last mile or so is a toll road in the summer, so we usually come here in the winter. How tight is that?

What happened to plan B you may ask – we didn’t use plan B as every thing was fabuloso – (I thought that was Italian, but it seems it’s Spanish).


Geocaching – The re-max

We had another visit from Max and Ann and Pete. They arrived on the Saturday afternoon, so after tea we took them to the Menai Bridge. We spent an hour or two on World cup football final night, looking for a cache on the bridge, all to no avail. Hence the reason for being back again with the experts, and being experts, they found it quite quickly.

The following morning, before breakfast even, we set off for a cache on the Menai Straits, in conditions which were dry, but with rain clouds all around. It was a nice walk, two and half miles each way, taking in a cache at the railway station. The clouds came lower, and eventually, dumped a lot of water on us. We found the cache – well Pete did – took some atmospheric photos of the bridges – and headed home, rain dripping off us all the while.

It was while we were heading home, chatting all the while, that I asked Ann and Pete what they were going to do with Max when we got there. ‘We’ll put him in the car’ they said. I looked at Max, Max looked at me, and we both thought – blow that for a game of soldiers – so I rang Julie and got her to put some towels in the porch for Max. Ann thought this was very funny, ringing ahead for Max support, but I’m sure Max had a satisfied comfy expression on his face, as he lay on his pit while we had breakfast.