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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…

Godrevey Lighthouse from St Ives

Lighthouse across the Bay

Looking across St Ives Bay from the far end of Porthmeor beach to Godrevey Lighthouse some 5 miles away. The lighthouse on the island has some literary claim in that it is the lighthouse in Virginia Woolf’s ‘To the Lighthouse’.

This shot reminds me of the story of the St Ives lifeboat disaster back in the 1930s. The lifeboat was launched at night in seas heavier than this in the winter to aid a vessel some way up the coast. It got into trouble just around the corner from here and  was capsized several times, each time losing more and more crew. The lifeboat was eventually found near the headland by the lighthouse, all on board were lost. The crew new the odds as they had lost a boat a year or 2 before. Quite staggering bravery.

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