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Sunset over Isles of Scilly

Scillies Sunset

On one level I’m not sure the world needs another sunset photo, on the other hand I do like a good sunset! What qualifies as a good sunset isn’t so straightforward. This one actually just fizzled out without turning the world orange. But then those are the ones that I’ve seen too many of – not that that isn’t exactly what I set off to photograph!

Anyway, here we are. A beautiful summer’s evening sky over Blanket Bay on the island of St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly. Beyond those rocks in the distance is America, give or take a few thousand miles…

Mousehole harbour

Mousehole Harbour, Summer

It’s been a while I know. The good news is this is more because I have been busy photographing amongst other things. Anyway, nothing too fancy or creative about this photo. Shot under midday light, which whilst it can be a little harsh is great for photographing shallow, clear water. This photo is actually a crop of a panorama made up of 4 similarly sized photos – I would have posted that but it would have had a letterbox aspect and been too small for this layout.

I do like Mousehole, it is busy in the summer but still relatively unspoiled. On top of that it still has a proper community, which is unusual for picturesque Cornish fishing villages. I don’t know how it has retained any community given the number of holiday cottages and eye-watering house prices, but there we go.

Part of the purpose of this post was to plug a Mousehole based business. Tyler frames are Penzance picture framers run by the brother of respected Mousehole potter Essex Tyler.

Sennen harbour boats

Sennen Harbour

Evening in the small harbour at Sennen Cove in the far, far west of Cornwall. Around the corner is Land’s End and the next stop is the USA.

Whilst Sennen is best known for its mile or so of beautiful beach which has been a magnet for surfers over the last 4 decades, the cove’s history is one of fishing and smuggling. It takes a fairly brave soul to work the seas around the coast here and just behind the harbour is the RNLI lifeboat house crewed by some of the bravest of the brave. The coast around here is notorious for shipwrecks and these guys are in the frontline when it comes to saving lives.

The boat numbers are an interesting mix of PZ (Penzance) and SS (St Ives). I suppose if you follow the coast around Sennen is about half way between the two towns.

Boscastle Harbour


On my third (possibly fourth) visit to Boscastle I have finally taken a photo I am happy with. Obviously there is room for improvement and I’m not going to look on Flickr or wherever to find someone has done the same but infinitely better. But anyway, given the amazing natural view before me it would have been hard not to have got something remotely pleasing.

Getting a shot like this is either down to planning or luck – I prefer to use both. Whilst Boscastle Harbour is a pretty amazing place any time you really need the tide to be in and the sun to be behind you to see it at its best.

This shot was taken (I think) with a polarizing filter but pretty much untouched beyond that. The sea really is that colour.

After this photo I made my way around towards the tip of the headland you can see (Penally Point) before deciding I didn’t really like heights even if the view is great.

St Ives Pier

St Ives Pier (Moody?!)

This is one of Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives. I think I saw it was sunny so jumped in the car and raced over to St Ives. Needless to say it rained at some point and there were more clouds than blue sky by the time I got there. But I suppose if it had stayed sunny all my photos would have been the same, perfect sunny, turquoise water harbour shots that, well actually I still can’t get enough of!

I like to think this photo is a little atmospheric or moody. Don’t tell me if it isn’t as I’ve always fancied having one or two moody photos to my name.

Anyway, at the end of the day I went to St Ives, took a photo I like and didn’t get a parking ticket. That’s a success in my books…

Padstow harbour

Padstow Harbour, again…

I don’t get up to Padstow that often as it’s a bit of a drive and in summer it is pretty much off limits. That said it is a pretty little town on the right day, however, I’ve never really been able to get a good photo of the harbour. This is one of my better efforts but it still just seems to be lacking something, maybe the light is just to a bit too harsh and the reflections a bit too ruffled. Or just as likely maybe I didn’t get up early enough!

Still, it’s not a bad shot. The wonderful old buildings that line the quayside help out with that.

Pdastow has undergone a bit of a transformation over the past 15 to 20 years. I don’t know whether it has all been down to Rick Stein and his little empire, probably. Before it became Padstein,  Padstow was just another sleepy harbour town with a steady stream of visitors from nearby Newquay over the summer months. Not really a holiday destination in its own right
Well, all that’s changed and now there is more ‘luxury’ accommodation than one can shake a stick at. Being a bit of a misanthropic Luddite I tend to prefer things the way they were, but then again I can’t remember that far back!