This is a little further along the path from yesterday's upload looking towards North Stack. It's not one of the best shots compositionally speaking, but I like the light. Also I have no shots of from when I got down to North Stack itself because my camera battery lost power! No spare - lesson learned.
I thought it was important though to include this image because there is a sad but also uplifting in some ways story behind North Stack.
It is not a lighthouse but was a former observation point. The building though is in fact someone's house and is currently on the market for £595,000. The current owner, Phillipa Jacobs, has lived there since 1972 and is selling purely because of issues of accessibility. It is a very difficult place to walk down to, especially if you are in advanced years as she now must be. Walking down there you quickly realise this is not a place you can simply just pop out to the shops from. It is a very hard walk indeed only for the reasonably fit. I imagine she would need to get supplies for months at a time, especially in winter months.
Apparently she moved there after both her husband and young son died. She wanted to retreat and withdraw which is an understandable grief reaction in many ways but if you visit the place you will see how extreme the withdrawal is given its remoteness and the issues of access.
Phillipa, though, is an artist and a very talented one at that. Follow the link below to look at some of her work and find out more about her. I think her work is amazing. You will note too from her resume that she only started exhibiting work again around the year 2000. A long time after the tragedy that befell her.
Strangely I did not follow the path all the way down to her house - I felt like I was intruding so kept a respectful distance.
Hopefully the link below works.
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timecapturer (37200) 2012-09-26 3:12
Anglesey is an island I have very little experience of, but your shots are making me hanker for a visit. This is a glorious example of its beauty and I love the light and textures here. Who would not want to spend and hour or 3 photographing this seascape. Captivating!
Regards - Brian.
trevormoffiet (1358) 2012-09-26 3:22
After reading your note the image adds significantly to the written information. I could not imagine that a person in their advanced years could live in such a place. In my opinion the composition is good, and the light is good but the house itself is a little difficult to distinguish.
Kielia (21533) 2012-09-26 4:27
I loved reading your well written and informative notes. The accompanying photo is also very interesting! But it is also very beautiful and fascinating due to the wonderful light. Your POV works very well and the link to the artists homepage is appreciated. Thanks for sharing!
JFS (32453) 2012-09-26 6:16
Another amazing shot of this amazing scenery, the colors and the light are unique!
chrisvek (6995) 2012-09-26 7:08
Very good shoot with excellent atmosphere and amazing colors.Do you have used HDR filter?very nice result.Well done.
Have a nice day
ourania (18738) 2012-09-26 9:12
this view is breathtaking and gives us a great idea of the awesome desolation of Philipa Jacobs' house. (Her works are very sensitive and beautiful.) The light on the rugged slopes, the clouds and the sea has a captivating intensity but its the shadows, in my opinion, that create more suggestion and drama, they support your composition and notes superbly. I also love the textures on the cliffs and the shady part of the sea. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
dipsybee (296) 2012-09-26 13:28
Stunning composition with wonderful colours and good cloud movement achieved no doubt with the narrow aperture. You provided an interesting note too and I followed the link to Phillipa's website and she is indeed a talented artist. It is sad that she has to leave such a beautiful place after making it her home for so many years.
carlo62 (19513) 2012-09-26 15:07
bellissimo panorama, molto suggestivo, mi piace molto la luce sulle rocce. Il cielo è splendido e le ombre delle nuvole sul mare sono un vero gioiello.
dkmurphys (42597) 2012-09-27 1:44
Picturesque capture of those wonderful natural colors. I like the atmosphere and the clouds. Well seen.
ACL1978 (6501) 2012-09-27 12:33
You could turn these last few into an animation, Mike! Further and further back we go - and this one might be the strongest of the bunch, despite your equivocations about composition. I think it's actually quite nicely composed, if a bit nontraditional in terms of placement. Fantastic light and shadow, as you said, but they accentuate a perfect pair of arcs that carry you through the shot to the house at the edge. The sky is a perfect complement to the rest of the scene as well - very nicely captured!
mirosu (8216) 2012-09-30 2:08
Excellent composition with nicely lighted rocks plced well within the frame. I like the spectacular colors and the great sky with low hanging clouds. The unique clouds and the grean sea are very powerful aspects of the image. Have a nice Sunday.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6142)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-09-19
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/16, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-26 2:02