Weekly Photo Challenge: Extraordinary

There are so many things I could say are extraordinary. Living on the coast, the power of the sea, especially when we have a storm. Behind that small wall and about four feet lower is a road which runs along the seafront.

Storm Surge

Can you see that little green marker about one-third of the way down on the left hand side of the photograph at the top of the page. Here’s the same one when the tide is out. Which brings me to another of my extra ordinaries. We get some really great sunsets here. Who doesn’t like a sunset?.


I know I do. I suppose we are extremely lucky to witness sunsets like this and with a big wide open beach which stretches for 8.5 miles (13.7 km) along our part of the coast it’s easy to capture those amazing skies.

Rhyl Sunset

Further along the coast at Rhyl the markers are different but they serve the same purpose. To warn shipping that’s far enough. At Prestatyn, they mark the groyne’s, made of rock piles, to break up the action of the waves. Not much use when you have an extra high tide and a storm surge. You can just see them in the photograph below.

Reaching High

I am not very interested in extraordinary angles. They can be effective on certain occasions, but I do not feel the necessity for them in my own work. Indeed, I feel the simplest approach can often be most effective. A subject placed squarely in the centre of the frame, if attention is not distracted from it by fussy surroundings, has a simple dignity which makes it all the more impressive. – Bill Brandt

Oops! Never noticed it before, but i forgot to clone out the dust spots from my sensor. Can you see them?

My favourite sunset spot. Talacre and the lighthouse. Now this gets really lonely, especially in the winter months, when there are no tourists.

Talacre Beach Sunset

A few more storm photographs to finish. The sea defences are shaped to break up the waves hitting the seafront. Sometimes when the wind is in the “right direction” waves will hit at an angle. This causes these funny shaped waves which travel along the front. There’s a tremendous roaring sound but less damage is done by the force of the waves. Or I think that’s the theory.

Rhyl Seafront 4

Compare that to this full frontal wave which nearly swept this guy off his feet. Would you fish there in those conditions.

Gone Fishin'

A word of caution here. Never get close to breaking waves like these. They are unpredictable and it’s easy to get swept away. Although it looks as though I was close. I’m not. I’m using an extreme zoom lens, which lets me stand well back and take the photographs relatively safely.

That’s it for this week and as usual here’s what other blogger are saying about this weeks challenge. Please take the time to click the links. You might enjoy what you read, I know I did.


11 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Extraordinary

  1. Truly amazing – both the images and the fact that the fisherman is still fishing. Do fish eat when it’s as wild as that? The picture above that one (of the wave against the fence) fascinates me. The wave seems to be briefly held back by the bars even though it will soon flow through them.

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    1. I’ve wondered about that too Susan. What do the fish do. He obviously thought he could fish but after that wave he packed up. He was lucky, the wave caught him, knocked him to the ground but he managed to grab hold of a low wall where he was standing. The sea defences around here are all solid concrete with a concave curve in them. That’s what causes that fine spray effect. But it does the job, breaks up the force of the wave. Does make for a good photograph, though, when the wave is travelling along like it does

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    1. That old lighthouse has been an absolute bonus and as I’ve said before it’s only about ten minutes drive away, Yvonne. For me, the best time to visit is late Autumn early Winter. More often than not you get the beach to yourself. Just you and the seabirds who migrate here for Winter.

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    1. Cynthia, the music is by Justin R Durban and is entitled Fallen Soldier. I’m glad you liked the photographs, especially the sculpture. It’s a piece called Dechrau a Diwedd, translated from Welsh it means Beginning and End. The sculpture marks the start or end of the Offa’s Dyke Trail which follows the English/Welsh border for 177 miles alongside the 8th Century Offa’s Dyke.

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