3 weeks ago
#EarthCapture by @joannrandlesphotograph
In 1956 the Gower Peninsula, which encompasses 70 square kilometres, was declared as Britain’s first Area of Natural Beauty. “I was keen to capture these sometimes inquisitive creatures in their natural environment as the area is truly tranquil, full of wildlife with the ponies being possibly the most notable and popular amongst visitors when visiting the Gower. The most striking image of the collection so far is titled ‘Wooing Game’ and was taken at Cefn Bryn Common. The image includes a mare, stallion and foal in the same action shot. Leaping out of the pond, the stallion decided to make an attempt at wooing the mare. However, the beautiful white foal, which positioned itself perfectly toward the camera, was less than impressed that she was half their size and unable to move out of the way quick enough.” Sadly, along with cattle and sheep, these ponies roam close to and sometimes on the road and have consequently become victims of speeding cars around the Gower ignoring the 40mph speed limit. Recently there has been a rise in animal deaths with ‘slow down’ signs now appearing around the Gower to warn motorists.