A Zen Moment.. Porth Nanven

While I was visiting Porth Nanven in the Cot Valley last week, waiting for the light that didn’t materialise ( it was overcast and the light was very flat) I had a bit of a zen moment.. My balancing pebble installation would naturally be temporary with a rising tide.. Hadn’t realised how temporary mind you..

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55 responses

  1. Great shots !

    July 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    • Thank you! :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  2. Ah, a cairn-maker. I’ve seen them in most places I visited, but most often in Hawaii.

    . . . nice . . . and I want that black rock.

    July 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    • Thanks Emilio. I was tempted to bring it home but it’s illegal to remove pebbles from this beach. People used to turn up with trailers to take the giant pebbles away. Nobody was around and this was only a small one but that’s not the point.. :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      • poppytump

        Those quick fix gardening programmes had a lot to answer for – I remember the reports of barrows of boulders being lifted off the Cornish beaches :-/

        July 15, 2014 at 7:50 pm

  3. I’m impressed!

    July 15, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    • Thanks Andy. I’ve seen pebbles balanced like this before and decided to give it a try. With a bit of patience you can find the sweet spot and the pebbles balance. I’ll try for a few more in a stack next time. :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

  4. How nice that you caught it in action. :)

    July 15, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    • I was very aware of the tide coming in behind me Scott. It only took a small splash to knock the pebbles over. They were very finely balanced. :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      • And you were “very finely” prepared to catch them! :)

        July 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      • I was! :-)

        July 15, 2014 at 9:17 pm

  5. V. Alarcón-Córdoba

    When I first saw this, I thought, these must be set up, right? Nicely done!

    July 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • Yep, I did the balancing. Thank you! :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  6. poppytump

    Great shots … love you caught that final topple … ChillB rocks :-)

    July 15, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    • Thank you Poppy.. I was waiting for the inevitable, poised and ready to press the shutter when the moment came.. :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 9:16 pm

  7. Pretty impressive balancing act 😊

    July 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    • Thank you Mark! :-)

      July 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

  8. leecleland

    Glad you caught the final toppling act, and kept your eyes to seawards to check the incoming waves :)

    July 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    • Thanks Lee. I was very aware of the tide rising behind me on this occasion. I have been caught out when taking pictures before. :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  9. Beautiful series of shots. I have read so much about Cornwall, being a fan of Rosamunde Pilcher’s books. I hope to get to visit someday.

    July 15, 2014 at 11:25 pm

    • I hope you get to visit too. Thank you! :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:30 pm

  10. Pat

    Beautiful photography!

    July 15, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    • Thank you Pat! :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:31 pm

  11. The greens against the warm tones in the stones are enchanting! Love that you caught the beginning of the end of the zen sculpture;) A captivating set for sure!

    July 16, 2014 at 2:33 am

    • Thank you Elena. It was a bit of fun, kept me amused waiting for some sunshine that didn’t come but perhaps this was as it was meant to be, capturing those tones that might not have been so evident in different light. :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:33 pm

  12. Very zen for sure, Adrian. Lovely!

    July 16, 2014 at 3:13 am

    • Thank you Karen! :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  13. A wonderful series of shots, really beautiful.

    July 16, 2014 at 6:57 am

    • Thank you Isabel. It was a bit of fun! :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:34 pm

  14. What fun! Great balancing act and the finale!

    July 16, 2014 at 8:26 am

    • It was a lot of fun Gunta. Next time I visit this beach I’ll make sure I build in time for a bit more pebble balancing. Finding the spot where the pebble balances takes a bit of patience and a steady hand but as soon as you find the spot, they seem to almost click into place. :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

  15. Nice one, Adrian. I imagine everytime you take a photo it is a zen like moment….

    July 16, 2014 at 9:42 am

    • Thank you Malcolm. It’s certainly a meditative experience for the most part so yes I guess it is. Tuning in to the environment around you is what it’s all about as you know so well. :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  16. Quoting the Rolling Stones, “You don’t always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you will get what you need.”. You didn’t get the light but you did get some nice zen shots.

    July 16, 2014 at 10:16 am

    • That’s a great song with a great message. Thanks Ben. :-)

      July 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

  17. Very artistic of you, Adrian. I love that you were able to capture your Zen moment for posterity. :) Beautiful.

    July 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm

  18. There’s definitely peace in patience! I love the first photo, there’s lots going on with the top half and bottom half, all the different colours and patterns, a real feast for my thirsty eyeballs, lovely! :-)

    July 16, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    • Thank you so much Scottie! It was the terracing in the sand that originally caught my eye and drew me to this spot along the stream. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  19. This look very much like Zen to me, but with the tide in the back, alertness with a clear mind maybe…;-) Well done, Adrian.

    July 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    • Thank you Dina! :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 9:58 pm

  20. The zen of the moment! Great work. You might like this professional rock balancer/sculptor I ran across…http://www.teamsandtastic.com/RockStacking/ – really cool rock sculptures if you are interested. Enjoy the day!

    July 17, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • Hi Robyn, thank you for the link. I’ve got a little way to go clearly.. I’ll try and get a few more in my stack of pebbles next time. I enjoyed the challenge although it would have been better tackled with a ebbing tide.. it wouldn’t have been quite so pressured a zen moment. :-)

      July 17, 2014 at 10:01 pm

  21. So tranquil, I love the setting and your stacking formation :)

    July 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    • Thank you Angi. I was thinking that the Cot Valley might be a place you’d like to visit. So many interesting photo opportunities and opportunities to employ a whole variety of techniques. :-)

      July 18, 2014 at 7:05 pm

      • Ooh yes please I’d like that. One location sorted :)

        July 18, 2014 at 9:22 pm

  22. It amazes and pleases me how these pebbles seem to want to rest and balance with each other! Lovely images. Love the colours.

    July 20, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    • That’s exactly it. The pebbles did seem to slot together, click into place almost. Thank you very much! :-)

      July 22, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  23. Una Bonita Serie, Y Sin Duda Una Gran Paciencia Para Poder Hacer Los Equilibrios… Un Saludo.

    July 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    • Muchas gracias. Lo que tomar un poco de paciencia, pero fue muy divertido. :-)

      July 22, 2014 at 4:00 pm

  24. Well done…creating and taking advantage of opportunities is so valuable.

    July 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    • Balancing pebbles is not something I’ve tried before Randall but the pebbles were there and I found I had a bit of time on my hands. It was fun! :-)

      July 22, 2014 at 3:57 pm

      • In Seattle, I walk along Elliott Bay quite a bit and rock balancing is huge here…some truly amazing sights, and it is a talent :-)

        July 22, 2014 at 6:09 pm

      • I’ll definitely be giving it another go the next time I visit this beach. Pebble beaches are quite rare in Cornwall, the majority are sandy.

        July 22, 2014 at 7:53 pm

  25. If ZEN is the happy giggles of childhood restored…then I, too, had a zen moment enjoying this photo. I immediately felt the full smile and giggles of my happiest childhood moments, as well as the current smiling laughter of my grandson. :)

    February 17, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    • That is so lovely to hear. Thank you for sharing that with me. :-)

      February 17, 2015 at 10:54 pm