Môn - Yr Ynys Hardd / Beautiful Island
Disgrifiad | Description
- Author: J. C. Davies, Margaret Hughes
- Publication Date 2006
- Format: Paperback, 208x296 mm, 128 pages
A volume of pictures which depict the splendid views on the isle of Anglesey, especially the rural areas and the coastline. With bilingual captions.
Gwales ReviewWelcome to a magical island seen through the eyes of the talented photographer J. C. Davies with bilingual text by Margaret Hughes. Let them take you on a photographic journey revealing familiar places and unlocking some of the secret haunts of Ynys Môn (Anglesey). You will visit the island during the four seasons and in every possible weather. So sit back in the comfort of your armchair, relax and enjoy!
They take you to every corner and show the island in all its moods. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing, such as the one where Saint Cwyfan’s church is ‘etched against the setting sun in winter’. Another is that of Caernarfon Bay, taken from Llanddwyn, with the three peaks of Yr Eifl in the background. This romantic island on the west coast is the subject of numerous picturesque photographs and a mystical place I have visited many times. It is also home to many rare plants, and again the lens shows nature in all its glory. Examples include a bee on a Burnet rose among the dunes at Aberffraw, a young peregrine anchored precariously to the cliff edge at Ynys Lawd (South Stack) and the pink thrift found on the many clifftops. The unique geology is also shown in detail such as the Bwa Gwyn between Rhoscolyn and Trearddur and the lunar landscape of Mynydd Parys, ‘once the largest copper mine in the world’.
The human influence is also evident in the photographs of the chain of lighthouses littered around the island. The agricultural landscape can be viewed from Mynydd Bodafon across Brynrefail and Maenaddwyn towards Tryfan and the Carneddau. Further economic activity, both past and present, is represented by the historical chimney near Mynachdy and the Wylfa Power Station, which ‘dominate the skyline around Cemlyn and Cemaes’. The sleepless port of Caergybi (Holyhead) makes a dramatic backdrop to the panoramic view taken from Mynydd Tŵr, while visitors soak the atmosphere in such places as Biwmares (Beaumaris), enjoying the castle, the pier and the breathtaking views of Eryri (Snowdonia).
The volume is published by Gwasg Carreg Gwalch and is good value for £14.50! J. C. Davies brings his home for the past forty years to your door, providing a pictorial record in modern times based on an ancient past. A popular destination with visitors, the island is also a haven of peace and tranquility, where you can savour the world that J. C. Davies and Margaret Hughes have introduced so beautifully.
Rhys Bebb Jones