Nuff respect..?

I visited Trebarwith Strand a couple of weeks ago.  It was blowing a gale, the sun was shining and the sea was rough.  Lots of people were watching the spectacle, taking pictures with phones.  Up on the rocks, a couple of youngsters were really not giving the sea ’nuff respect’ to use the colloquial expression.

Standing so close to the edge with a rising tide, these two were lucky to get a warning.  The next wave may well have swept them into the sea..

Please give the sea the respect it deserves, always!  Far too many people drown each year around the coast of Cornwall.


52mm f/16 1/125 sec.  ISO-100




55 responses

  1. Well said, Adrian

    October 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    • Thank you Sue. Not my normal sort of post but I had this picture and thought it sent quite a clear message. It doesn’t do any harm to remind people.

      October 11, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      • Completely agree…and not only are they putting their own lives at risk, but those of rescuers….

        October 11, 2014 at 7:37 pm

      • Absolutely!

        October 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  2. Great photo and crystal clear words, Adrian. Thank you.

    October 11, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    • Thank you Dina. The ocean is so unpredictable, especially on a day like this one.

      October 11, 2014 at 7:25 pm

  3. They are doing stupid and dthing

    October 11, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    • Not too sensible that’s for sure Lou! Thanks for your comment.

      October 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm

  4. Lovely shot! I always feel the same watching people stand on the edge of a cliff or canyon to get a photo.

    October 11, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    • I’ve done it myself Jude and very nearly been caught out, the sea up to my thighs and dragging at my feet when I’ve been trying to get that picture. I think it was only my tripod and crutch that gave me additional anchorage that I’m here now. I’m a lot more careful these days and very wary of taking pictures near the water’s edge when the tide is rising.

      October 11, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      • Good. We would all hate to lose you!

        October 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      • Thank you Jude :)

        October 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  5. Here, here! Life is precious and nature is a power to be reckoned with.

    October 11, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    • It is indeed Sarah, thank you.

      October 11, 2014 at 7:59 pm

      • I’ve certainly not forgotten the devastation of last winters’ storms!

        October 11, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      • Not easily forgotten that’s for sure Sarah. I still think about the young guy, very local to me, that went out to take pictures and didn’t return.

        October 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      • Just what I was thinking of too. When my sister and brother-in-law started posting photos of Dawlish front being lashed by the rain it absolutely terrified us all! I do hope we all have a safer winter this year. Some snow would be nice too :-)

        October 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

      • A much quieter colder winter would be nice Sarah. It’s a long time since we’ve seen snow.

        October 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

      • Far too long! Reports say that the Highlands should see some snow this week. Hope the gales aren’t too bad for you all in the West tonight!

        October 20, 2014 at 8:13 pm

      • Hi Sarah, thank you. I’ve been out with my camera today and the winds have been so fierce, blowing over my tripod (no camera attached) with the legs properly spread. That takes some doing. The sea has been so wild but so very beautiful in the sunshine! Any photographs I may post will not do it justice.

        October 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      • Ha ha! I can imagine. You’d need something mounted on weights in this weather! I did venture out for a cuppa with my mum today and there was some lovely sunlight this afternoon so I wanted to sit outside for a while and watch the leaves blowing and clouds racing across the sky. That was until the froth blew right off the top of my mocha ;-)

        October 21, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      • Not surprised Sarah. Thankfully things have calmed down a bit today. :-)

        October 22, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      • And wouldn’t you know it, I’m in London tomorrow but it’s going to tip it down!

        October 23, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      • :-(

        October 24, 2014 at 6:45 am

      • It didn’t rain! I was so sure that it would that I left the camera at home. I’m actually quite getting into doing London Phoneography though. This Sony has a pretty good basic camera and I love the Google photo app!

        October 24, 2014 at 4:56 pm

      • When I lived in Islington I didn’t have a camera, hadn’t given photography a thought. I really wish I’d picked up a camera when I still lived in London. I would love to be taking pictures around town. No doubt I’d be longing to be by the sea taking pictures though.. such is life! :-)

        October 24, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      • It’s a totally different ball game to countryside photography! It’s a living, growing landscape all of its own. You have to learn to love the cranes, scaffolding and tarpaulin covers. The people can be fascinating and a part of the whole or just a total annoyance because you can’t have control over them and still keep them as a natural element of the landscape. They also move far too fast! You probably remember that ;-)

        October 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

      • I certainly do remember that. I think I’d be inclined to use long exposures to make the people disappear or at least appear ghost-like. This would leave me free to concentrate on the architecture. :-)

        October 24, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      • Yes, that’s something that I’ve seen a lot cityscape photographers making good use of! I’m hoping to make the most of some of my late afternoon appointments at St Thomas’ through the winter by taking the wheelchair and full photo kit up with me to do some night scenes with long exposure. I think a series from a number of the central bridges would be a good winter project :-)

        October 24, 2014 at 8:03 pm

      • Sounds good to me Sarah! I envy you. Not your visits to St Thomas’ of course but the photo ops. :)

        October 24, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      • Ha ha ;-) Actually I’m feeling really positive about these visits! Specialist physio and meeting her today gave me a lot of hope for improvements.

        October 24, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      • That’s good to hear Sarah. I wish you well! :-)

        October 25, 2014 at 6:46 am

  6. Great action shot and couldn’t agree more with the sentiment… though there’s something to be said for cleaning up the gene pool. ;)

    October 11, 2014 at 8:20 pm

  7. Yes, very foolhardy of those two boys. I’m sure their mums would have been horrified. Great shot, Adrian.

    October 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm

    • Thank you very much Sylvia, Sorry for the slow reply.

      October 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

  8. Wow! Excellent picture, I love it !! Greetings

    October 11, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    • Thank you very much Isabel!

      October 15, 2014 at 5:57 pm

  9. Very beautiful picture, tainted however by the reality of your astute observation – what could have become of those young adventurous kids. M

    October 12, 2014 at 12:43 am

    • So true. It’s good to know that at least these two are safe and perhaps the scare will stay with them.

      October 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

  10. Perhaps they respect so much the sea that are anxious to offer themselves in sacrifice (sarcasm mode deactivated)
    Actually the number of people with that behavior is so high…

    October 12, 2014 at 2:40 am

    • Too high Francis. Thank you for your comment!

      October 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  11. Well done, a worthy post, Chillbrook, and a warning that should be heeded. In California we also have annual drownings when people become complacent at the water’s edge. It is such a tragic outcome, perhaps all the more so because of it derives from innocence.

    October 12, 2014 at 4:50 am

    • Thank you very much Vivian. I think you are right. People just don’t understand the power of the sea and so many underestimate it with tragic consequences as you say.

      October 15, 2014 at 6:55 pm

  12. Janice

    Well said, i dont think they think about the poor souls who have to go and search,probably in vain, for them.

    October 12, 2014 at 8:44 am

    • Thank you Janice. I’m glad you mentioned the rescuers. They do put their lives at risk when others are stupid and wreckless.

      October 15, 2014 at 6:56 pm

  13. So dangerous. It makes a good image too, but best taken from a safe distance.

    October 12, 2014 at 10:59 am

    • Thank you Andy, People do underestimate the power of the sea at their cost. I remember very vividly when I was a child staying in a caravan park, I think it was a father and son from the campsite happily fishing one minute, gone the next. We heard the canon shot that started the search but they weren’t found, at least not that night. Desperately sad. A lesson I learned very young, the sea can just creep up and pluck you from the rocks and you most likely wont see it coming if you’re a little too close to the edge..

      October 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

  14. true!

    October 13, 2014 at 8:02 am

    • It is Joshi, thank you.

      October 15, 2014 at 7:01 pm

  15. Naughty boys, and well said!

    October 15, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    • Indeed. Thank you Patti! :-)

      October 15, 2014 at 8:55 pm

  16. Yes, looks like the sea is sending them a warning!

    October 16, 2014 at 12:19 am

    • I hope it was heeded Karen! :-)

      October 16, 2014 at 9:03 am

  17. Yikes! Their Mom’s would faint. A great shot though!

    October 17, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    • Their mums would indeed faint I’d imagine Elena. Thanks for your comment! :-)

      October 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm