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Cornwall

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The Lizard
The Lizard
Today, we visited The Lizard, the most southerly point of the British mainland. The weather continued to be unpredictable but for several hours the cloud cover broke and we enjoyed stunning blue skies.
New Year in Cornwall
New Year in Cornwall
In an effort to avoid losing our hard-won vacation time, we booked a year-end holiday in Cornwall to celebrate the New Year, relax at a cozy cottage on the coast, and to recover from a very busy year.
Land’s End
Land's End
The mood of Land’s End can change very quickly and it all depends on the weather. Today, it was quite nippy out and there was a bit of turbulence in the air and on the water.
Carn Galver to Porthmoina Cove
Carn Galver to Porthmoina Cove
A mild, sunny day in West Cornwall should never be wasted indoors. Especially in November. So, to best enjoy today’s cobalt blue skies, we decided to hike from Carn Galver to Porthmoina Cove.
Tide Watching in St. Ives
Tide Watching in St. Ives
Each year for the past five years, we’ve journeyed to the ends of Britain in search of a bit of peace and quiet. Sometimes in late fall, sometimes in early spring we make our odyssey.
Carn Galver Summit
Carn Galver Summit
Today, we took a short hike to the top of Carn Galver. The two engine houses of Carn Galver Mine. The engine house on the left pumped water from the mine, while the engine house on the right hauled and crushed the tin ore.
Gurnard’s Head
Gurnard's Head
I don’t normally get all weak at the knees when hiking along the edge of a steep drop-off. But pretty much all the high-wire hiking I’ve done in the past was relegated to the mountains, where steep slopes offer downcast views of distant rock and miniature trees. Here, the cliff bottoms out in a chaos of churning seas.
Low Tides and Seagull Skies
Low Tides and Seagull Skies
The tide was going out rather quickly. Inside the St. Ives harbor, little boats that had bobbed only a few moments earlier had been transformed into statues as the water drained from beneath their keels leaving them stranded on wet sand.
Geevor Tin Mine
Geevor Tin Mine
At one point the trail disappears onto an exposed stretch of granite. I continue to walk for few minutes across the rock and come to the other side. The giant slab ends at a steep drop-off. The slope below is thick with trees.
Coastal Views
Coastal Views
Around the Farm
Around the Farm
Rough Seas
Rough Seas
Porthmeor Farm
Porthmeor Farm
Weekend in Cornwall
Weekend in Cornwall
We booked a short holiday at a cottage on Porthmear Farm in Pendeen, Cornwall. On the day of our departure, it took us ages to get organized and out the door. We couldn’t decide what to bring and in the end didn’t decide at all.
Land’s End Color Study
Land's End Color Study
When I made these photographs of the coastline at Land’s End, I wasn’t entirely aware that I was capturing such a lovely and unique palette of colors.
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