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Rotherslade Bay, Mumbles

Updated: Feb 15


Rotherslade Bay, also know as Little Langland on the Gower coast near Swansea.


I remember visiting here many times as a child growing up in Swansea, and spending as much time as I could down on the Gower coast. This is where I cut my cloth and really caught the bug for studying nature, wildlife, landscape and seascape photography with my father.


Today's visit was a spur of the moment one so along I went with my trusted Olympus OMD EM1 Mk111 and my 8mm - 25mm F4 and 40mm - 150mm F2.8 Pro lenses, a truly breathtaking combination of equipment. Did I take a tripod? No. Why take extra equipment with you when you have the Olympus system and the 7 stop IBIS stabilisation built into the camera?


The tide was coming in fast, very fast. In Swansea I believe that we have the second highest tidal range in the world, so you must always have eyes in the back of your head to make sure that you don't get cut off.


The storm was fast approaching later this afternoon, so I knew that I had to work fairly quickly before the rain came down, so off I marched down to the beach from the car park. The clouds were amazing and the tranquility of me on my own, with not a soul in sight was magical.


I just sat on a rock and took in the beauty of the sights that lay around me. Sometimes it is just the right thing to do. You should never rush a shot and today was no different from any other time when I am on location.


I could see a beautiful cloud formation approaching me and the sun just starting to dip, and I knew that soon I would have something special. The sand glistened and the reflections of the sky on it were truly a wonderful sight to see. I eagerly moved off the rock and took just 5 images and this one was my favourite. Now I will get this printed, mounted and framed and put up on one of my walls back home.


A lovely hour on Rotherslade beach near Mumbles