Fifty Shades of Green in Nefyn
This is my first blog of 2016: My new year’s resolution was to get fit and take a daily walk along the South Devon coast path, with camera. Those photos will be the subject of a future blog!
Meanwhile I have been reviewing the walks and photographs from last summer. On all my excursions I was looking for GREEN and my camera recorded green from the North of Wales to the South of France. Let’s start in North Wales:
Spending a few days in the Llyn Peninsula on the north coast of Wales in the small town of Nefyn I was lucky to be able to take some photographs in perfect weather, capturing the beauty of the sheltered bay.
It is always a joy to hear the Welsh accent and in Nefyn the Welsh language is spoken by most of the locals. Nefyn is an old settlement dating back to the Iron Age with a hill fort, Garn Boduan. Fishing for herring was an important part of the economy in Nefyn during the 18th and 19th Centuries. There’s an excellent local maritime museum in the renovated St Mary’s Church, run by volunteers, which admirably tells the interesting stories and history of Nefyn.
I love the contrast of this man-made turquoise green net against the natural greens of the wild flowers on the cliff edge, overlooking Nefyn beach. Nefyn is now a popular holiday area for families with a safe sand beach and yacht club. Everyone seemed to know everyone on the beach with families returning year after year to their beach huts and boats.
The beach huts are a necessity for the picnicking or barbecuing equipment as well as all the swimming and boating gear. I love the colour, order and pattern of the beach huts, and imagine the stories they could tell.
Walking along the sandy beach at low tide I marvelled at the seaweed, a different variety from those on my local beach at Meadfoot. I wondered if this is the Welsh seaweed for laverbread or is it a sea lettuce? The themes of land, sea and sky, the textures of the landscape, the shape and forms of rocks are of continuing interest and all will inform and be referenced in my future artworks.
I walked along the stretch of the coast path which skirts the golf course and overlooks the picturesque Porthdinllaen Bay, enjoying the views and the wild flowers, the contours the golf links and the varying green hues of the grasses.
How many greens? Fifty at least!
And at least fifty blues ……