Another from Porth Nanven..

The beach at Porth Nanven is really quite unique. I’ve certainly never visited a beach like it. Large dinosaur egg sized pebbles litter the beach. These have tumbled from the cliff face where you can see other huge pebbles just waiting to fall.

These ‘pebbles’ acquired their smooth surface by being bashed together in violent storms around 125,000 years ago. The present high tide mark at Porth Nanven is much lower than it was 125,000 years ago. An upward tilting of land, following the removal of the ice caps from northern Britain following the last ice age, resulted in the ancient pebbles and rocks being left high and dry. This formed the raised beach which is now the cliff above the present tide mark.

Storms have exposed the vertical face of this raised beach revealing these wave worn boulders and pebbles in a matrix of mud and sand. It’s certainly not a good idea to stand around under the cliff as more giant pebbles could tumble down to join the others on the beach at any time.

I am working on the time lapse tutorial by the way. I should have it posted by Monday or Tuesday! :-)

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49 responses

  1. thanks for the geographic-time story, too. fascinating, our world….

    May 31, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    • It’s an amazing place and it’s not hard to see why the beach is so popular with photographers. A good reason to get there at dawn. I had the place to myself. ;-)

      May 31, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      • Oooo, love being alone outdoors! Good on you for the 3:45 departure! >:-O

        May 31, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      • It was so worth it.. :-)

        May 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  2. It looks very mystical….love it :)

    May 31, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    • It really is a fascinating place. :-)

      May 31, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  3. Love this sort of geology in action and figuring out how it all happened. Lovely shot. I voted some time again. Waiting anxiously to hear the outcome now! :D

    May 31, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    • Thank you Gunta. All will be revealed tomorrow re: the voting! ;-)

      May 31, 2013 at 8:27 pm

  4. poppytump

    Just . Lovely . What a place ChillB . I can see why you were glad to have it to yourself !
    I would love to see this .

    May 31, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    • Thanks Poppy. It really is worth a visit and I was so pleased to be there alone. Very magical. :-)

      May 31, 2013 at 8:43 pm

  5. Stunning photo – so beautiful – well done you!!! :-)

    May 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    • Thank you very much Kirsty! :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 6:52 am

  6. You make Cornwall come alive. Almost (not quite!) as good as being there. This was one of the best I have seen. Im hoping you have more pictures from this area.

    May 31, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    • That’s quite a compliment. Thank you Lorene. :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:06 am

  7. Great shot Adrian, I love the cool tones in this shot.

    May 31, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    • Thank you very much Mark!

      June 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

  8. Absolutely wonderful… just the place to sit and contemplate…

    May 31, 2013 at 11:15 pm

    • Thank you. It is a magical place.

      June 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

  9. Such a magical image!

    May 31, 2013 at 11:36 pm

    • Thank you so much. It’s an amazing place to visit.

      June 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

  10. Is it water or mist, Adrian…? It’s crazy beautiful, whatever it is…inspiring….

    June 1, 2013 at 1:45 am

    • Thank you Scott. This is a long exposure, about three minutes I think, and this turns the sea all misty.

      June 1, 2013 at 8:08 am

      • Most welcome…and I guess a three minute exposure would do that. :)

        June 4, 2013 at 1:01 am

  11. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    Stunning image.
    I love the rich blues and the softness of the water.

    June 1, 2013 at 2:01 am

    • Thank you very much Vicki. :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

  12. I love the pebbles. Just stunning is all I can say! :)

    June 1, 2013 at 2:05 am

    • Thank you Norma! :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

  13. What wonderful rocks! And the texture is beautiful. Such a sense of pre-history.

    June 1, 2013 at 4:31 am

    • The giant pebbles are wonderful. You feel fairly small and insignificant when considering the history and the age of the rocks you’re sitting on but it also makes you feel very connected and part of a much bigger picture. :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 8:12 am

  14. Thanks for the story behind these rocks. A beautiful composition, Adrian

    June 1, 2013 at 8:09 am

    • Thank you very much Andy!

      June 1, 2013 at 8:36 am

  15. Those rocks and giant pebbles are so photogenic, Adrian. You did a great job here. Your pic is stunning.
    PS: I can see quite a few faces in that huge rock. :)

    June 1, 2013 at 8:39 am

    • Thank you Sylvia. I’ve been advised that this is a quite the haven for photographers and I was lucky, being up early, to be the only one there. :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 9:39 am

  16. A lot of mystical stones.Special place forphotograhers..want to visit it to but will be a dream

    June 1, 2013 at 9:16 am

    • It is a great place for photographers that’s for sure Lou!

      June 1, 2013 at 9:55 am

  17. Again, pure awesome!

    June 1, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    • Thank you Angela.

      June 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm

  18. Absolute otherworldly beauty!

    June 1, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    • Thank you so much Elena. :-)

      June 1, 2013 at 6:42 pm

  19. I like this series of long exposures, Chillbrook.

    June 1, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    • Thank you very much Shimon. The conditions were perfect to practise the technique. I wanted to have the misty water covering the stones quite close to the foreground but it was a balance between staying dry and getting the picture. The waves were getting very close and I was spashed, along with my filter, with salty water several times. I have a 10 stop filter so although it was quite light by 5am I was able to extend the exposures to around 3 minutes. I’m glad you enjoyed the result.

      June 1, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      • You have to be very careful. I’ve known some cameras that were lost that way… not mine, but of friends… some times the tide will pull the sand right out from under the tripod.

        June 1, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      • This very nearly happened to me on a beach a while back. I learnt my lesson very nearly the hard way. :-)

        June 1, 2013 at 7:19 pm

  20. A gorgeous image!

    June 3, 2013 at 11:37 am

    • Thank you very much Rhys!

      June 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

  21. Fantastic, Adrian. Beautifully composed.

    June 3, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    • Thank you Karen. :-)

      June 3, 2013 at 8:51 pm

  22. Heaven!! Really! A photographer’s dream that you did the absolute best with, wow! Rocks, which are such solid things, take on an ethereal presence here & start to float like bubbles. Wonderful.

    June 12, 2013 at 4:57 am

    • I really appreciate that, thank you.

      June 12, 2013 at 5:57 am