I took this photograph at sunset on Porth Saint Beach, which is located close to Rhoscolyn Head on Anglesey. It’s a bit of a scramble to get down to this beach as it is only accessible via descending a small steep path, which is finished with a drop off at the end of it but once down you instantly realise it was well worth the effort as it’s like walking out of one place and into a totally different place. Don’t get me wrong it is wonderful up on the cliffs you can see far into the distance and the views are spectacular but down on the beach the atmosphere is totally different; when the sea is calm the sound of the ebb and flow becomes really prominent and it reverberates off the large sea stones that have been gathered and piled high on the beach by the relentless sea movement over millennia. The sound also reverberates around the surrounding cliff faces, which creates a surround sound effect but after the initial shock of the sound level, it begins to have a calming effect that always brings peace to my mind.
The cliff faces attract many sea birds for nesting and roosting and I have seen seals come to rest on the beach or play in the shallows many times and even dolphins or porpoises making a show in and around the small bay. The place is full of the wondrous sounds of sea life and that is one of the reasons I like to get there early if I’m photographing at sunset, it is not a place to be rushed it would be wrong to miss the magic and the beauty of Porth Saint.