We meet in the Southerndown car park at 11.00am. Marty was coming from Shropshire,
Gerry from Hereford and the rest of us were local to South Wales.
I arrived at 10.40am and approached who I thought was Mal in the car
park in his Jeep - unfortunately it was the wrong car park and the wrong
Jeep and I got some very funny stares off a couple sat in their vehicle
taking in the views ! So, not a good start to the day but gladly it did
Everyone was already there when I reached the 'beach' car park and we
very quickly introduced ourselves to the new members of the group - Marty
Left to right - Gerry(Maroondah), Mari(Welsh Lady),
Me(Bobsy), Alethea(Pebbles), Mal(Maljohns), Marty(Cameraboy56) and Dave(DF).
We got our gear together and made off for our destination. Mal led the way - he
knew the location well and was an established 'rock' photographer. Mari told us
stories about her husbands farm which reaches right to the cliff edge and how
it often loses an area of land to the sea overnight. When we reached the beach
you could relate to this story as there was a particular area where a large landfall
had taken place. Alethea decided to climb the rubble in search of an interesting
close-up shot, brave lady (too much dedication to the art if you ask me!) but
The beach and bay at Southerndown are an excellent location with huge
The beach is covered in a variety of rock outcrops as well as rockpools
and areas of sand and pebbles. It all creates an amazing landscape full
of interesting patterns and textures. The cliffs provide a stunning backdrop
with the exposed strata changing it's appearance as the light direction
shifts in the afternoon sun.
The group went in their own directions on the beach, each photographing
subjects which appealed to their individual tastes.
Gerry photographs the cliff face
We reformed in time to remember we had a 1.30pm meal reservation at a
local pub (must get your priorities right !) which had been kindly booked
by Mari who seemed to have an unusually good knowledge of the local drinking
So we made our way back to the cars.
The food was excellent and while we were eating, the weather took a turn
for the worse. This had been forecast by Mal and he assured us it would
clear up soon.
On Mari's suggestion we made an unplanned visit to Nash Point lighthouse
after lunch which turned out to be an 'interesting' location. The weather
was becoming somewhat stormy and we grabbed a few photos of the lighthouse
before sheltering from the elements in the car park attendants hut.
Marty & Mari seen here looking rather wet!
Gerry treated us to coffee while we waited for the weather to settle (Marty's
request for an ice cream was treated with the contempt it deserved !) but we
weren't going to let a few spots of rain .or hail, spoil our day. We had
beaten the weather before and we could do it again ! When the storm passed,
we made a visit to the delightful cove below which had added interest in the
form of an offshore east cardinal beacon that had a bell which rang out as it
was thrown about by the raging sea.
Dave and I did a comparison to see who had taken the most shots on the day -
I won. Who said quality was more important ?!!
Photo opportunities and memory cards exhausted we returned to the cliff top
where we said our farewells and made a pact to meet up again in the not too
Winter days leave us with a shortage of daylight hours for photography but you don't have to venture far to photograph birds during this season, making them a perfect subject choice.
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