This awe-striking effect of cloud and sunlight seems to be a feature of Menai Strait, the narrow stretch of tidal water between the island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn) and the North Wales mainland. This photo (looking towards the mainland) was taken around midday in December last year. The cloud had banked so thickly it seemed we were heading into night. Over the previous days there had been horrendous winds that had torn across the island, ripping up trees and closing roads. And then quite suddenly the sun broke through – a moment of luminous tranquillity after all the storms.
Anglesey has a long and dramatic history extending back to at least the Neolithic. At the start of the Common Era it was also the stronghold of the Celtic peoples’ priestly caste, the Druids. These warrior mystics were slaughtered in a terrible battle by the army of the Roman Governor of Britain, Suetonius, which in 61/62 AD bore down on them across this Strait. You can read more about it in Island of Old Ghosts.
copyright 2014 Tish Farrell
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So fascinating, very well captured… 🙂
Thank you, kind sir.
true photography, where the sunlight draws the scene
Thank you, Janet.
🙂 Light fantastic!
this is stunning. I am in awe!!
Thank you, Aanchal. It was a lucky shot, which just goes to show what amazing things the natural world gets up to.
So magical. Wow!!
Thank you, Biswajit. I much appreciate your comment.
That’s a terrific photo – so mystical looking.
Yes, I think it literally does go with the territory. It was certainly nothing I did with my camera 🙂
What a wonderful place to live. 🙂
Terrific!!! You can feel a God´s presence!!!
Yes, certainly some cosmic force. Thank you Ilargia.