Winter Skies West

if you’re a regular reader you’ll have noticed that I spend quite a lot of time amongst the granite of west Penwith. I feel very at home with the cliffs there. It is a magnificent place and even better to arrive amongst the towering spires by making a journey, even a small one, there by bicycle.. or kayak, as in this case. I won’t bore you with lots of words, my ideal blog post takes about as long to bash out as a mug of coffee is deep.. so:

Saturday dawned perfectly still and rather cold… a gift after the recent weeks of gales.
We launched at Marazion early intending to head west.. but first paying a visit to a newcomer to the bay…
She’s a long way from home. Built in 2012, 254m long with a beam of 43m.. something of a baby really by modern standards I suppose…
..but still a large vessel by local standards..
Imagine trying to come aboard that as a pilot in rough seas….
Briefly the sun came through the high level cloud and with the absence of wind and reflected light it was distinctly warm alongside…
A wall of steel…
ships and planes…
Mine’s… umm… pointier than yours…
Time to turn west.. the sun stayed out for a little while and I enjoyed the mirror-calm ocean. It’s been a while since that happened…
..at this time of year it’s quite magical to have conditions such as these. While I screwed around with my camera J did a spot of fishing. Mackerel for tea.
It wasn’t long before high cloud started to move in. It was rather beautiful, classic winter high pressure weather.
The lonely lighthouse at Tater Du just a little bit west of Lamorna. I’ve never found a way to photograph it well from the water (I only have a 28mm lens) … with the sky as it was however I think this is the best I’ve managed so far, and I like it.. it suits it.
..and then there were 4.. well, 3 in the photo.. we met a couple of friends off Penberth Cove.
Wonderful, steely light and breathtaking skies…
… a spot of afternoon sun painting the granite of Logan Rock near Porthcurno
The tide race off Gwennap Head was running nicely on the ebb so we paddled out for a play.. I had to put my camera away at this point.. so as they say.. “that’s all folks”.

 

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