Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine, Or In My Case, Reflection

Looks like I got this one wrong. I’m going away for a couple of days and for some reason I had in my mind that this weeks challenge was reflections. So I prepared a load of photographs that obviously had reflections in them and how wrong that was.  I don’t have time to go back as we are going away first thing tomorrow, so here we go. Reflections, NOT Shine. Shine, NO, Reflections.

First up, Valle Crucis Abbey. Or at least the ruins of the Abbey. Built in 1201 by Madog ap Gruffydd Maelor, Prince of Powys Fadog, the abbey was one of the richest Cistercian Abbey’s second only to Tintern Abbey. However in 1537 the abbey was dissolved on the orders of Henry VIII during the Dissolution of the Monasteries. The building is now a ruin, but you can visit it as it’s under the care of CADW, the historic environment service of the Welsh Government.

Valle Crucis Abbey

Talacre Lighthouse, always good for a photograph, features next. The beach at  Talacre often ends up with pools of water left behind when the tide goes out. Of course when that happens chances are you will be able to catch reflections of the lighthouse or the sky in the water

Talacre Lighthouse

Couple of weeks back I was at the RSPB reserve at Burton Mere on the Wirral. Although the reserve is mainly on the Dee Estuary, the opposite side from me in Wales. If you look to the horizon, that’s Wales and that’s where I am, well not when this photograph was taken, obviously. I’m in England then. Anyway I digress. There are several large ponds that the migrating birds use although not at the moment or I wouldn’t have this lovely mirror photograph.

Reflections In A Pond

Llyn Nantle Uchaf is a funny lake. It’s certainly not one of my favourites, even although it has distant views of Snowdon. I don’t know, there’s just nothing there. Sometimes you will see some small rowing boats tied to those poles but……I just can’t explain it. Anyway Llyn Nantle Uchaf.

Llyn Nantle Uchaf

If you walk the Miners Path from the top of the Llanberis Pass you can eventually end up on the top of Snowdon. The Miners Path itself is quite level, ok there’s a little bit of up hill and down dale, but nothing too strenuous. That is until you need to start ascending to meet the Pyg Track and the eventual climb up to Snowdon, which can be seen in the distance.


I love Cornwall, land of myth, small fishing villages and so much more. In the summertime you can’t move, the roads are busy, it’s full of tourists, I know, I know, what am I but a tourist, but if you are willing to explore you can find little villages which are off the beaten track.


For my final photograph I’d like to leave you with this beautiful sunset taken on the coast near Harlech in Wales. The sun sets over the Llyn Peninsula and those rocks in the foreground just add that little bit of extra interest.

Sunset Reflection

Here’s what other bloggers, who got it right, are saying about this week challenge.

Jaspa’s Journal South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey, Wales
Weekly Photo Challenge- Shine – Svetlana’s Photography
4otomo Shine
Ron Mayhew’s Blog Photoessay- Prague after Dark
Photography Shining Pools – Mike Baker
Diary of a Married Woman Macro Shine
Anvica’s gallery Shine
Weekly Challenge- Shine… – Through Jersey Eyes
The Royal Palace of Sweden – From Hiding to Blogging
Lulu’s Musings WPC- Shine


23 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine, Or In My Case, Reflection

  1. Su Leslie October 25, 2016 / 20:25

    These are beautiful ! And I think you fulfilled the brief just fine: shining a light on these places? On your talent with the camera? 😃


    • Mike Hardisty October 28, 2016 / 09:00

      Thank you Su for taking the time to visit and leave a comment. I’m glad you liked the photographs

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  2. Cynthia Guenther Richardson October 25, 2016 / 22:23

    Extraordinary captures…I drift away when viewing them. Since I have never been to those places–so much the better and more intriguing. I’d love to stand where you stood.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 28, 2016 / 08:46

      There are places In the world I’d love to stand in but probably never will Cynthia. So I try to make the best of my local surroundings. It’s amazing what you can find. One thing I have found is my best photographs are from dark and moody skies or sunsets. So if it’s bright sunlight I don’t go out


  3. Jane Lurie October 26, 2016 / 01:07

    This fantastic set works certainly shines for me, Mike. 😀 Beautiful work.

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  4. sukiesoriginal October 26, 2016 / 02:45

    There has to be something shiny to have a reflection, so I don’t think you strayed terribly far!

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    • Mike Hardisty October 28, 2016 / 08:48

      I don’t know why I got them mixed up, too much on my probably. I suppose you are right and anyway you can make any photograph fit a theme with a little imagination

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  5. Dahlia October 26, 2016 / 07:11

    Stunning photos!


  6. kmoser56 October 26, 2016 / 10:40

    I thought I’d recognized that abbey! I’ve been there! It was 2010. I have a dear friend who is a historian in Mold and have toured the northeast “corridor” of Wales, mostly Flintshire County, but wandered a bit further around the periphery. Beautiful images! Best wishes!


  7. isabellaesthermariarose October 26, 2016 / 19:55

    Brilliant photography all the same, Mike.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 28, 2016 / 08:51

      I’m glad you liked them and thank you for commenting, Miriam


  8. petspeopleandlife October 28, 2016 / 06:58

    The first and last photo are my favorites. Don’t know why, they just grab my attention. But- these are all splendid. I really like any photo that shows reflections.

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    • Mike Hardisty October 28, 2016 / 08:55

      Valle Crucis is one of my favourite places to visit in Autumn and Winter. In the last photograph, Yvonne, I’ve been on that beach a couple of times, it’s near Harlech, but never had a good sunset.

      Only problem though, as the sun went down, the sand flies got more active and I was getting bitten all the time, I don’t normally react to mosquito’s but I itched for days afterwards from the sand fly bites.

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      • petspeopleandlife October 28, 2016 / 18:48

        Oh gee. That was not funny at all. If hemp oil is legal in GB get some and it will heal bites really quick and relieve all the itching. You can order it from Amazon if you can’t find a source.

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        • Mike Hardisty October 29, 2016 / 13:10

          Just checked, most health stores sell hemp oil so it’s on my list for next summer when I go to back to Scotland. The midges there are well known for swarming and biting everyone around.

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          • petspeopleandlife October 29, 2016 / 14:47

            That’s good news to know that you can get hemp oil. The healing properties are astounding.


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