Brave or Mad Sea Fishermen?

Ogmore-on-sea sea fishermen-8322The sea was crashing into the coast, smashing against the rocks and sending spray high up into the sky and yet the sea fishermen appeared oblivious to it all.  February stormy weather had hit the South Wales coast and my wife and I were out walking along a coastal path by Ogmore-by-Sea.  Heavy mean looking clouds were rushing across the sky and the sun was constantly fighting to bite through and light up the glorious coastline.  It was exhilarating!

Then I saw the first pair of fishermen.  They were positioned on the edge of a rock face just metres away from where the sea was pounding against the rocks.  Despite spray showering them, they stood and simply chatted, although they must have had to shout as the noise from the waves was deafening.  Out came the 300mm zoom lens and I took a few shots to try and capture what I was seeing.

Further on there was further evidence of fishing madness.  These keen but crazy sportsmen precariously perched themselves on rocks close to where the waves thundered into land.  I wondered how, in the stormy seas, they would have a chance of catching any fish, but maybe that wasn’t the point.  I was excited watching them and so the adrenalin must have been pumping through their veins as they defied the elements in pursuit of catching that special fish.  Was this a classic example of the thrill of the chase?

As we walked back, the fishermen were packing up and walking home and I managed to get one final shot of a fisherman from Bargoed Sea Anglers all packed up and just gazing out across the sea.  He appeared content, although maybe not with his catch of fish, but after winning his battle with the coastal elements.Ogmore-on-sea sea fishermen-6

Photographs of the sea anglers and sea fisherman can be seen on my website.


Stormy Seas

Storms in PorthcawlStormy weather hit the UK again in early May 2014.  Jackie and headed down to Porthcawl, for a walk along the beach and the sea front.  The wind was so strong that it was difficult to walk and you were constantly being sand-blasted as the small grains of silica were whipped into the air and into your face.  I had sand everywhere.  It was exhilarating!

After the beach, we walked across to the sea front and watched the waves crash in against the lighthouse.  I didn’t have the right lens, but I wasn’t going to change it in the awful wind and so I took what shots I could.

Some other photographs of the sea crashing against the coast at Porthcawl can be seen on my website –