Sunday, August 30, 2009

30th August 2009 Pili Palas and Beumaris area

As befits a bank holiday weekend it was raining this morning early on, so we decided it would be a good day to Visit "Pili Palas" again, for another bash at the butterflies.

As we drove there we could see that for a change at least a small area on the mainland was having better weather, (but there was a big storm over the mountains.)
We got into the butterfly enclosure early and were lucky enough to have it virtually to ourselves for half an hour, so we happily snapped away!

Although it was only a few days since our last visit there was a very different group of butterflies to the last time, with more darker coloure ones than before: the poor things obviously have a very short life span as adults!

There are other animal attractions there her is a rather splendid lizard
And they have some interesting insects and arachnids too, here is a rather splendid tarantula

We had an early dinner in the excellent cafe, then drove back to Llangefni to the Asda, before deciding to nip down to Beaumaris, as it looked to be brighter in that direction.
This assumption proved to be correct, though by this time (early afternoon) it was very busy.
We continued along the coast road and stopped on a beach car park and took some telephoto shots across the Menai Strait at the Storm in the mountains,

and also at the Great Orme and Llandudno in the far distance, enjoying a sunny afternoon.

We then headed back to the van and soon ran into rain, which followed us all the way back.
It had been our intention to go out again later if the weather changed.
We noticed that a lot of caravans were moving off the island, no doubt the owners were unfortunate enough to have to work on the bank holiday!

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