Pembrokeshire is a photographer’s paradise, with its castles, quaint villages, waterways, old towns and farmsteads and its abundant wildlife.
The keen photographer can get within yards of Puffins on Skomer Island, seals in many locations on the coast, gannets on Grassholm and often with porpoises and dolphins in the Irish Sea and Cardigan Bay.
The opportunities come not only in spring and summer but all year round, for there is no more spectacular sight than stormy conditions, with waves breaking over islands and headlands, or flocks of starlings performing awesome autumnal and winter displays of aerobatics and aerial ‘dancing’ as they prepare to roost in marshy reedbeds or in woodland trees. The perfect grandstand for such displays is the Plumstone rock, near Hayscastle, not far from a popular roost near Camrose, or Fishguard Bay where the starlings perform before settling among the reeds on Goodwick Moor.
Red kites have spread throughout the county in recent years and often put on a dislay of diving for food into a field near the Tafarn Sinc (Zinc Tavern) inn at Rosebush, a corrugated iron building which once served the railway when the nearby quarries were functioning. Rust-coloured and fork-tailed, the kites with their six-foot wings, create wonderful images as they twist and turn for a swift snatch at the food thrown out to them.
Newgale is noted for its beautiful sunsets out in St Brides Bay when salmon pink skies, edged with pastel shades of jade green and dove grey with purple clouds superimposed on them, produce a splendid backdrop to the silhouetted cliffs and rocks - a symphony of dramatic colour lke an abstract painting.
The Preseli Hills make an imposing subject for a photograph, especially when capped with orographic cloud or iced with snow, and there is no more dramatic vista than the mystic mountain at Carn Ingli, especially when its craggy top is in the shadow of low grey clouds and stands out in sharp relief against the blue background of Fishguard Bay.
Tenby is very photogenic, the North Beach and Castle Hill like a stage backcloth behind golden sands and flanked by blue sea to the horizon. There are so many fascinating subjects for the keen cameraman to capture.
The National Park Tourist Information Centres are: Oriel y Parc at St Davids, telephone 01437-720392 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.orielyparc.co.uk. Newport TIC in Long Street, telephone 01239-820912 or newportTIC@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk and Tenby TIC at South Parade, telephone 01834-845040 or email@example.com.
Visitors are also recommended to pick up a copy of the National Park’s informative free-sheet newspaper Coast to Coast, which is available at all Tourist Information Centres and also in libraries, shops and supermarkets. It is a mine of information about the activities and facilities available in the National Park, including the dedicated coastal bus services which provide links with the towns and villages within reach of beaches and other tourist attractions.