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Talacre Lighthouse

By Istretch
Talacre is a village in Flintshire on the North Wales coast with large holiday caravan parks adjacent. It is near Point of Ayr on the west side of the River Dee estuary and has a sandy beach with dunes. The hills of the Clwydian Range behind the village form the eastern boundary of the Vale of Clwyd. The name Talacre is a combination of the Welsh words tal, meaning end, and acrau, meaning acres. In the north-east Welsh dialect, acrau is pronounced as acre.

The lighthouse has been noted for numerous ghostly sightings, people claiming to see a figure wearing old fashioned lighthouse keeper clothes and standing in front of the glass dome of the abandoned lighthouse.

Talacre was used by the military during World War II, as an aircraft firing range. Fighters flew over the remote village every day, shooting at wooden targets in the dunes and at drogues towed by aircraft. It was also used for testing new devices, such as "window" the anti-radar foil that, on occasion, covered the whole village with silver.
The village is often used as part of Paul O'Grady's comedy act, telling stories of how he spent many summers "Stuck in a four berth caravan in Talacre", and is therefore now part of popular culture as a famous "typically British" seaside holiday resort.
Part of the beach where the lighthouse is situated has been shown briefly in a recent Dulux paint advert with the Old English Sheep Dog mascot

Tags: Red White Black Rocks Beach Lighthouse Sand Sculpture Clouds Architecture Sea Steps

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Comments


Humblebee 4 1 England
18 Oct 2012 6:40PM
A beautiful capture, superbly processed - but who is standing at the guard rail at the top of the lighthouse? Carol Grin

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Hermanus 4 4 South Africa
18 Oct 2012 6:45PM
Excellent photography ! So well captured Smile
18 Oct 2012 6:59PM
Have a look at this Carol...http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/walesarts/2010/06/keeper_sculpture_point_of_air_talacre_lighthouse.html it will explain better than I can.
Paul_Anthony 4 442 4 Wales
18 Oct 2012 7:05PM
Looks like a great place for photography and you have captured the drama of the place well. I like the composition of the photograph too, the lighthouse is well place and the horizon is just in the right place.

I feel it would be an even stronger image if the horizon was straight, this would have also straightened up the lighthouse too which is leaning to the left a bit. There is also a noticeable haze or halo around the edges of the lighthouse, possibly caused by something you have done during the processing.

A lovely write up too.

Regards

Paul
18 Oct 2012 7:15PM
Thanks for the critique Paul

The lighthouse has a gentle lean on it....I agree the horizon could do with a touch of straightening...the Halo glow, that's easy to explain, as the lighthouse is renowned for it's ghostly apparitions so I tried to make it glow on purpose...to add a little atmosphere to the image.

Ian

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