A few weeks ago now I had a free day, the weather was good and I'd got it into my head that I wanted to watch the sun come up on a beach somewhere. A couple of minor snags there though; it's summer and I live in Manchester, so that equates to a sunrise time between 4am and 5am with at least a 2 hour drive on top, so watching the sun come up on a beach is something of a luxury for me.
Anglesey was my chosen location, having spent years here with my family as a young chap I was sort of familiar with the area, even though I haven't been there for well over a decade now, possibly approaching two decades in actual fact. There is a lovely little out of the way beach at the north east point of Anglesey, just past Penmon, that has a little black and white striped lighthouse sat on the end of some rocks. The spot is generally known as Black Point, or Black Point Lighthouse, but its proper title is Trwyn Du Lighthouse I think. This place would be perfect as the sun would rise quite high in the sky over another familiar landmark on the landscape of my youth; Puffin Island - which we used to be able to see out of the window of my Grandparent's caravan over the water at Penmaenmawr.
A microscopic amount of sleep and an alarm set for 1:30am was totally worth it though, I spent the whole morning there and was even joined by several dolphins playing around in the bay in front of me - a nice surprise but as I've since learnt, not at all uncommon.
I took a fair few different photographs as the sun came up, this one though is probably my favourite out of the lot. Everything came together at the right time; the sun just kissing the top of Puffin Island, the tide running over the rocks and the shapes in the clouds catching the yellow, orange and red tones off the sun. Another one for the wall I think.
As the sun rose higher above the horizon the vivid colours disappeared from the sky, but there were still some nice photographs to be had, so I carried on shooting from a couple of different spots.
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