St Ives montbretia

St Ives Summer Montbretia


This view is from somewhere above Porthminster beach in St Ives. The flowers are montbretia (or Crocosmia to give them their proper name) and they flower in mid to late summer. The orange bloom really contrasts the brilliant blue of St Ives bay, a feature that has drawn artists here for many years.

In the background is the harbour and “Island” which, of course, isn’t an island. You can just about make out the diminutive St Nicholas’ Chapel sitting on top of the island

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