Day 23 - Whiteshell Point
Pwlldu Head Twilight
Seen across Caswell Bay from Whiteshell Point
Today I finally got the lights fixed on my car, which meant that I no longer had to get back
home before dark. In spite of missing a wonderfully clear day, I was able to at least take advantage of the best
part of it, the sunset. I first drove down to the Mumbles and stopped to grab a few telephoto shots of Swansea in
the setting sun. This delayed me a little and so I missed the actual sunset.
I arrived at Caswell just after the sun had set and walked around the bay to Whiteshell point,
where I wandered down onto the rocks to look for a good viewpoint. Coincidentally there was a high tide at that
time and there were some fisherman nearby settling down to do some night fishing.
The view across the bay to Pwlldu Head was good and the light was extremely clear, giving me the
opportunity to take longer and longer exposures as the light got darker and darker, and the colours got deeper and
deeper. I ended up taking 15 second exposures with my digital camera and one minute exposures with my film
When the colours on the horizon finally faded the stars had appeared, so I took a few wide angle
shots that included Bootes and Ursa Major, and also a few night shots of the Caswell Bay flats, their lights
casting long reflections over the wet sand and incoming waves. As I walked back the Milky Way was clearly visible
and I spent some time identifying familiar constellations - Aquila, Sagitta, Delphinius, Cygnus, Lyra, Capricornus,
Pegasus, Andromeda and so on. I even got the best view of Sagittarius that I've ever seen. It was great to be out
in the dark again.
Distance: 1.4km - Ascent: 50m - Effort Rating: 1.9 - Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes