Serpentine Poltesco
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There are other stories I’ve written about images found at Poltesco on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. One was about the sand (Sand is just sand-coloured, right?) and one about the pebbles (Poltesco pebbles, imaginitive title that one!) but this … Read More

Corroded metal becomes fabric design
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There’s often lots of maintenance work going on at Newlyn harbour; painting, repairs, rubbing down, greasing, cleaning. You name it, everything is on the to do list: ropes, nets, hulls, decks, engines, pulleys, winches, buoys, fenders, etc, etc. As I … Read More

Painterly marks on a Newlyn fishing boat
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Sometimes as you approach Newlyn for a photographic trip the weather deteriorates and whilst I don’t mind walking about in the rain it’s often no good for taking photographs. That’s especially true if you’re wanting to capture the bright colours … Read More

Poltesco pebbles
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Last year we discovered Poltesco, an area on the east coast of the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall managed by the National Trust. It has a rich variety of flora and fauna but I usually go there to photograph the water … Read More

Ethereal cascade in the water garden
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The tiny stream falls through the water garden at Trebah Garden near Falmouth in Cornwall over a series of small steps. Each is only about 30cm wide and mostly drop less far but in a sequence they’re very pretty and … Read More

Speckled eggs of granite in west Cornwall
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The extraordinary ‘dinosaur eggs’ of granite piled up on Porth Nanven beach in the far west of Cornwall are always a bit of a surprise, even when you’ve seen them before and know they are there. How can so many … Read More

Puddles of light in Padstow
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There’s always a lot of colour in a Cornish harbour, even in winter. When you photograph the reflections in the water you get random associations of boat hulls, pots and buoys, ropes, lettering and sky. All sorts of colour combinations … Read More

Sand is just sand-coloured, right?
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Well, no. Sand varies from beach to beach. And it’s not just the colour, but the texture and size of the grains as well. Sometimes it’s a question of whether there’s any sand at all, especially on the north coast … Read More

Blue chaos
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This is not a calm image, there is a lot going on. The swirling reflections of bright colours dance around the square frame…the only orderly thing there is! In reality, the scene in Newlyn harbour was very tranquil and quiet. … Read More

Colourful fuel
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There had been high winds and storms at sea and even in the shelter of Newlyn harbour there was a mass of weed floating on the water. Every shot of boat reflections was spoiled by the dark tangle of it … Read More

Blue barnacles
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We’ve had big tides recently, some of the biggest for twenty years apparently, and it enables you to get a different perspective on a familiar place. Walking (sounds more elegant than ‘clambering’) among the rocks at low water is always … Read More

Rusty hull
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The harbour was almost empty, the fine weather having tempted the fishing boats out to sea. The largest two boats left behind were tied up alongside the quay, sitting quietly, bathed in the late afternoon sunshine. One was partly covered … Read More

Approaching storm in Newlyn
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It’s always very exciting when I arrive at a harbour to see what opportunities there are to create a striking image. Initially on this visit to Newlyn in Cornwall, one of my favourite places for photographing boats and reflections, I … Read More

Bubbling stream at Poldhu Cove in Cornwall
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By the time we’d walked from the beach at Church Cove on the Lizard, around the headland to Poldhu Cove we were pleased to sit at the beach cafe and watch the various activities going on as people enjoyed the … Read More

Can this be a watering can?
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Carrying a camera around certainly makes you look differently at everyday objects – like this old watering can. Yes it’s quite a pleasing shape and it’s functional but you wouldn’t really think of it as a work of art. But … Read More

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