The Church In The Sea Or Behind You

One of the things I like about this new blog theme is the ability to show my photographs at 1200 pixels wide. As far as I am aware this is the only free theme on WordPress that allows this generous amount of display size.

Church In The Sea

Which means you get to see my photographs in greater detail.

Anyway this is Saint Cwyfan’s, otherwise known as the “Church In The Sea”. Located on the small tidal island of Cribinau, you can only visit the church when the tide is out. Once that tide starts to come in, you’ve got to move. Don’t be caught out as it covers the causeway to the island extremely fast.

Behind-You

I visited Cribinau with Adrian Evans during the week. Having done our prep before visiting Cribinau we were aware high tide was around 1213 pm. But that’s when the tide is fully in. In tidal locations you have to take into account some time before this to make sure you safely get back on to dry land and not get cut off by the incoming tide. For instance this photograph was taken at 0955 am, a good two hours before high tide. As you can see parts of the causeway are already covered and the tide is creeping in behind Adrian. Our planning had taken this into account, we were able to visit the island, take some photographs and retreat before the tide covered the causeway. Whilst Adrian was concentrating on getting a long exposure, I “snapped” this quick one, but mainly I was watching the incoming sea and updating him on what was happening. That’s why it’s best to visit locations like this in pairs. It’s all too easy to get caught up in taking the shot that you forget to look behind you

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7 thoughts on “The Church In The Sea Or Behind You

  1. Helen C August 30, 2014 / 2:57 pm

    Good morning. I enjoy seeing all the details in your photo. What an adventure! Your story makes your photo even more interesting. Thanks! Helen

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    • Mike Hardisty August 30, 2014 / 6:05 pm

      Well Helen, that’s why I always intended with this blog. To show my photographs and tell the story behind them.

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  2. Richard August 30, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Good stuff Mike. I remember the inspections of the pipeline across Red Wharf Bay and one of the guy’s quad bike failing as the tide came in. You cannot even outrun the tide when it turns at it’s lowest ebb point. Good advice indeed.

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    • Mike Hardisty August 30, 2014 / 6:08 pm

      A long time ago, one of my friends got caught by an incoming tide, Richard. He was lucky to survive and it taught me a very valuable lesson. I’ve always had a healthy regard for the sea since then.

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  3. Cindi August 31, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Beautiful photography. And the story behind it enhances the images!

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  4. Mike Hardisty September 1, 2014 / 8:50 am

    Thanks Cindi. One of the reasons I started blogging was to show my photo and describe what they were about.

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