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August 19, 2016
Capturing Cornwall With A Sting

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Capturing Cornwall

A little overdue this blog, so apologies for that, various distractions have kept me busy in recent weeks. A while back I went to visit Cornwall again in southwest England for a break with the hope of getting some great new images. A bit thankyou to Ian and Dawn and the family of Trevean Holiday Cottages in Rosudgeon for their great hosting and providing a home away from home for a week, the fresh mackerel was much appreciated!

The week started with rain, a bit more rain and then even more rain which would have been OK if it wasn’t for the flat grey skies and flat light, so the camera stayed in the bag and we enjoyed many walks around the coast and cosied up in our cottage to watch a lot of the European football tournament. How bad were England, WOW!

Thankfully after a few days the weather started to clear and I set the alarm clock for a 5am sunrise start at Gunwalloe (Church Cove). It was a lovely clear and fresh morning where I spent a few hours playing around with waves and trying to get some nice flow into the pictures.

Sunrise On The Tide
Sunrise on the coast at Church Cove, Cornwall.
Blue Rinse
Waves crashing over rocks on the coast at Church Cove, Gunwalloe, Cornwall, UK.

You cannot visit Cornwall without seeing a tin mine or two and so later in the day I headed to Wheal Prosper for a near sunset shot before heading to Marazion for what turned into a superb sunset. I was really ecstatic with how the pictures of St Michael’s Mount turned out, the rain earlier in the week was now forgiven!

Wheal Prosper Mine
Wheal Prosper

Marazion Sunset
Marazion Sunset

With one day of success I was feeling a lot more relaxed and set off for a whirlwind tour of Praa Sands, St Ive’s, Sennen Cove, Godrevy and Kynance Cove over the next couple of days. It was a heavy workload, but to be honest but after the bad weather earlier in the week, I really wanted to make up for it and pushed myself to cover as much as I could (the nice weather helped!).

Praa Sands is a popular tourist destination and here I met a young couple playing with their child on the beach. The little girl was wearing a bright pink costume which really stood out against the sea so I asked the mother if I could take a few photos of them and the father in the sea and said I would send them the pictures, leaving my details. Unfortunately, after a campaign to try and locate the family online (which led to some press interest) I still don’t know who they are and sadly these lovely family photos aren’t with their owner. If you know who these people are (or if it’s you) please get in touch with me so I can send them!

A family I met at Praa Sands.
Family At Praa Sands

Family Praa Sands

Sennen Cove was looking absolutely gorgeous the day I visted but came with a surprise! After taking some images of the beach vista I decided to take a paddle with the camera to try and capture some surfing action. Suddenly, I felt a sharp sting in my ankle! Ouch! Having spent a fair amount of time on south coast beaches I’d been nipped by crabs and stung by jellyfish before and I know the pain generally goes away quite quickly. This was different, it was getting more painful by the second and I quickly decided to exit the waves and go and find my partner and have a look at my foot. On the way back I was stopped by two lifeguards who said that they’d seen me in the water and were worried I was going to damage my camera but they’d realised I was fine after a while and let me be. As we were discussing all things Cornish the pain in my foot was beginning to get really bad so I said to them that I though I had been stung by something.
After describing the pain the lifeguard was fairly certain it was down to a weever fish and that he’d radio up to the shack and get the kettle on for me. Well, the last thing I wanted was a cup of tea and I almost wanted to plant him! LOL! As it turns out, the only treatment to the protein based poison of the weever fish is to pretty much boil your foot for 30 minutes or so. A big thanks to the guys and gals from Sennen Beach RNLI for looking after me, that little blighter doesn’t half have a sting!

Sennen Cove (and the site of my weever fish meeting!)
Sennen Cove

After recovering from PTSD from my weever fish experience (Ok may have exaggerated that a bit 😛 ) I made a quick trip to St Ive’s and Godrevy. Sadly, the weather at Godrevy was really not great for the camera but I realised just how amazing a location it was and came back three times until I got one of my personal favourite photos ever.

St Ive’s Harbour
St Ive's Harbour

Godrevy Sunset (so happy with this one!)
Godrevy Sunset

Last but not least we headed to Kynance Cove near the Lizard for a cracking day in the sunshine. It really could have been the Caribbean and reminded me just how great our little island is sometimes!

Kynance Cove
Kynance Cove

Kynance Cove Rocks
Kynance Cove Rocks

I would like to say a huge thank you to all the people I met there that week and for making it a really fantastic break away. Thankyou to Ameliés restaurant in Porthleven for the lovely food and offer to promote my work. Thank you to the Cup & Cake cafe in Helston for the conversation and much needed cuppa tea. Thanks to all the other wonderful people I met on location and off and thanks Cornwall for being ace again! 🙂

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