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Walking in lost woods

All along this beach at low tide are the remains of tree stumps, this view looking from Ynyslas towards Borth. Celtic legend tells the story of the land flooding here. The Lowland Hundred or Cantre'r Gwaelod – Ruled by Gwyddno Garanhir, the low-lying kingdom was protected from the sea by a series of dykes and sluice gates. One stormy night, the appointed watchman Seithennin - a heavy drinker - was at a party and left the water gates open. The land was flooded and disappeared under the waves. Radio carbon datings are between 3500 years old for the ones close to Borth and 5500 years old at Ynyslas.

comments (15)

  • Leanne
  • Australia
  • 3 Sep 2010, 00:59
nice details and perspective, the couple are a nice touch.
John Prior: Thank you Leanne.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 08:08
Blimey - this is impressive John!
John Prior: Thanks a lot Chris - have a great birthday.
I love the look of those stumps. Interesting commentary too.
Amazing that tree stumps that old should still survive where they are, in spite of the sea and the elements.
John Prior: Thanks Shelia, yes it is amazing, the remains seem quite soft to the touch, I suppose a lot of the time they are covered in sand and different tides reveal different stumps.
  • grapf
  • Germany
  • 3 Sep 2010, 09:57
the view over this nearly endless beach is touching. The relics of trees and the dusty light give an impression of the end of time.
John Prior: Thank you Grapf, I agree very much with your interpretation, I also like to look beyond the obvious.
That is really interesting John, I had not heard of this place before.
John Prior: Thank you Chad, my son went to Uni at Aberystwyth, so got to know the area well.
Excellent shot and POV John and what an interesting tale.
John Prior: Thank you Brian - I love myths and legends.
  • don
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2010, 15:30
A fascinating story about the history of this beach. I like the strong central foreground element. A strong photo.
John Prior: Thank you very much Don.
Wonderful image. Love the little details, like the couple walking, and the birds. (:o)
John Prior: Thanks Rosalyn, I usually try to avoid having people in my picture, but this time the couple added a lot.
It's a really beautiful and original view of this beach. The tones of green on the tree stumps are great!
Have a nice day.
John Prior: Thank you Dom for visit and comment.
  • Otto K.
  • United States
  • 3 Sep 2010, 19:43
excellent. really like how the tree stumps came out. cool.
John Prior: Thank you Otto.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 3 Sep 2010, 23:25
They look almost unreal.
John Prior: Thank You Elle
  • Sidney
  • Philippines
  • 4 Sep 2010, 01:10
Not an usual beach shot... it is very dramatic... even a bit frightening...
John Prior: Thank you Sidney, yes a bit like an invasion.
Great seascape. The tree stump could almost be an alien life form
John Prior: Thank you, yes the Kraken wakes smile
  • Les Auld
  • Cambridge for now
  • 6 Sep 2010, 10:32
A fine angle on this John and some great light. Nice One.
  • bk
  • 19 Sep 2010, 12:26
*blinks* Give me a minute; I am lost for words...
I find this rather intriguing - could also be a landscape on (insert planet of choice). Tones and light complement each other very nicely. LOVE the green.

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