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Cot Valley - St Just

Cot Valley, Slow Water

Cot Valley cove, Porth Nanven or Dinosaur Egg beach, call it what you will, here it is at the end of a short winter’s day. Situated less than a mile away from the old mining town of St Just and a couple of miles up the coast from Land’s End this is West Cornwall at its most rugged.

I took this photo quite a few years back and it was one of my favourites at the time. I think I was experimenting with grad filters and was happy to lug a tripod around (how things have changed!). I think if I’d taken it now I’d probably have tweaked it a bit more in Photoshop, but I was more restrained in those days.

I’ve always been a sucker for the “slow water” effect you get on long exposures and I’m particularly happy with the way the stream has turned white here giving it a ghostly, ethereal feel.

Pendeen Stormy Seas

Stormy Seas off Pendeen

Thought I’d stick with my winter theme and post a photo from the wild and rugged coast of West Cornwall. There was a fair sea running this way, but it gets an awful lot rougher than this. It was taken from the cliffs by Pendeen Watch lighthouse. Looking down at this boiling mess and uninviting rocks you can only imagine how grateful sailors must have been for the warning light alerting them to their position. The next lighthouse along would be St Ives harbour, which would be a relief on a stormy winter night.

In the distance you can make out the chimneys of the engine houses that pumped water out of the mines below. Hard to believe but this was once one of the most industrialised parts of the country. Even harder to believe is men once went not only under the ground but then out under the seabed. This thought almost keeps me awake at night – certainly makes me appreciate how lucky most of us are now.