This was taken late Saturday afternoon as I set out on my goal of capturing water. It’s not quite the golden hour, but the colours have begun to deepen as the sun continues its arc away from the glare of high noon toward the glory of sunset.

It was about 4:45 in the evening. All the boats were settled for the evening.
It was about 5:45 in the evening. All the boats were settled for the evening. I love the blueness of it.

Closer to 5:00, I saw this.

I love this view of Mumbles Harbour.
I love this view of Mumbles Harbour. The Promenade circles gracefully toward the pier as the light becomes deeper.

The following was taken Sunday morning just before 7:30 as the dog and I explored. The tide was out, leaving the sea floor temptingly open to exploration. This shot looks out over the area of the promenade in the shot above, to give you an idea of the tides here. It was almost my challenge shot.

I love the lone walker down in the bay and the ghostly nature of the boats at anchor, almost lost in the glare of the early morning sun on the water.
I love the lone walker down in the bay and the ghostly nature of the boats at anchor, almost lost in the glare of the early morning sun on the water.

Later that morning, we drove south out of Mumbles along the coast road. We were following our noses and had to turn around a few times when the road we had taken turned out not to take us to a beach. Eventually, I navigated us to Southgate, where I thought we could see Pennard Castle, on the cliffs over looking the sea. Well, we didn’t make it to Pennard Castle, but the nice fellow at the National Trust hut at the parking area was very helpful and suggested a few things to us, pointing them out on the National Trust map he gave us. We wandered along the cliffs for a while, seeing what was to be seen and loving the incredible beauty of the place. There were trails down to the beach and families explored. Dogs met and said ‘hello’ while copious photos were taken, but finally we had to think about lunch.

From the Cliffs near Pennard, looking toward Three Cliff Bay. The water looks tropical.
From the Cliffs near Pennard Castle, looking toward Oxwich. The water looks tropical, which I found stunning given how far north we were.

Next stop was Oxwich (turn left off the main road from Pennard, at the two towers – best directions ever from the National Trust man), a beautiful stretch of beach and dog friendly! After a leisurely and very good lunch at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, we heeded the call of a beautiful beach on a hot sunny day. The water was wonderfully warm and we spent a blissful hour wading.

We had lunch in Oxwich then took the dog to the beach for an hour or so. I decided to shoot in B&W.
I decided to shoot in B&W for a while at Oxwich and am quite pleased with the results.

So out of the some 370 photos I took that day, these are the ones that stood out to me the most when it came to the waterscape challenge.  I hope you enjoyed our day on the Gower coastline. The weather was magical, to say the least, and we fell in love with a new part of the UK. We’ll go back one day.

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