We’ve been having some very pleasant sunny days here in Cornwall over the last couple of weeks.  The wind has been cold which has kept the edge off the heat which for me is a positive thing.  MS Symptoms are exacerbated by the heat, perhaps this is why I’m enjoying Iceland so much.  The weather today is warm, muggy, dull and wet, quite a change so I’d thought I’d cheer myself up and process a picture I took of one of my favourite signature view down on Chapel Porth beach the other morning.  The tide was coming in allowing me to capture a nice reflection of the Wheal Coates engine house in the sand. Wet feet were the inevitable side effect but it was worth it I think.  Hopefully the sun will be back with us by Sunday..

This is a photograph of the Wheal Coates engine house from the beach at Chapel Porth 35mm f/8 1/320 sec. ISO-100

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52 responses

  1. Wow, these tones are dramatically different than the others we’ve viewed in your photographs of this scene–no less captivating though! A testament to the power and transience of light.

    June 12, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    • Thank you Vivian. I never tire of this view. The light is always different and always interesting I think. It’s the beauty of landscape photography, capturing those changes! :-)

      June 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm

  2. poppytump

    Wheal Coates Engine House standing there like a sentry… it’s a beautiful view ChillB ! I can’t believe I’ve yet to see it ;-)
    You’ve mentioned before it’s not often there is a chance to see the reflection like this unless at low tide, which isn’t necessarily always at a convenient time , so glad you made this one ! I bet you’re aiming to peep into that large cave one of these days :-D

    June 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    • Thank you Poppy! Low tides at Chapel Porth are frequently not that low in that the tide doesn’t go out far enough to allow you to get around the headland and onto this lovely stretch of sand. Spring tides are required, they happen once a month of course and the weather is often against you. This was a lucky shot, the tide hardly went out before it was on the turn and on its way back in.. As I said in the post.. wet fee! I will have a peep in that cave definitely one of these days! :-) x

      June 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm

  3. Beautiful view, really got me in the mood for my visit back home in a few weeks time.

    June 12, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    • Thank you Ben! I bet you can’t wait! :-)

      June 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm

  4. Sue

    Fabulous view, Adrian! One day I must get back to Chapel Porth…..

    June 12, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    • Thank you Sue! Try and plan your trip to coincide with the spring tides, that way you’ll be able to get onto this lovely stretch of sand! Most of the time, the tide doesn’t go out far enough to take this view. :-)

      June 12, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      • Sue

        OK, I’ll bear that in mind…..

        June 12, 2015 at 7:43 pm

  5. Yes, this is certainly one of your classic views….and beautiful, as always.

    June 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    • Thank you Scott! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:02 pm

  6. What a beautiful scene and how beautifully you’ve captured it Adrian.

    June 12, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    • Thank you Edith. This is one of my favourite places to visit, it’s not too far from home.. :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:03 pm

  7. I’ve never had the chance to explore Cornwall yet. I’ll write down that name for future reference :-) Have a nice weekend, Adrian !

    June 12, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    • I hope you get the chance to explore Cornwall one of these days Gin, I think you’ll enjoy it! I hope you have a great weekend too! Thank you! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      • I will definitively go South this year or next year, but I will visit for sure. I have a friend who lives there, I met her during my travels to the Galapagos, I would love to have a coffee with her. She’s living in Cornwall, in Newquay.

        I had a nice weekend, the weather was great. Unfortunately, I got a tiny sunburn on my arms :-(

        June 14, 2015 at 5:46 pm

      • I’m sure you’ll enjoy your visit Gin! :-)

        June 15, 2015 at 10:15 am

  8. Ah, that’s a lovely view. And I can feel the warmth. I must get there at low tide. When do the spring tides occur then? Left Cornwall today in that muggy mizzle, and had a horrible 6 hour drive home :( but we had two beautiful weeks so cannot complain, though the wind had definitely whipped across a few icebergs on route! Spent a lot of time photographing engine houses in West Penwith and fell in love with that region.

    June 12, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    • It is a beautiful region of Cornwall Jude, that’s for sure. It has been a bit chilly hasn’t it! Spring tides (when the difference between low and high tide is greatest) occur twice a month (approx.) and coincide with the new moon and the full moon, something to do with the moon’s gravitational pull on the ocean. That’s about as much detail as I’ve ever ventured to unearth. When people start talking astrophysics, my eyes tend to glaze over I have to admit, I struggle to get my head around it all.. :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm

      • Thank you for the information. Checking the tides has been very useful on my last two visits – should have done so sooner! I never realised how much difference there is from one day to another. I have a few posts to write about West Penwith that you may enjoy – even though my photos are no where near as good as yours (I keep trying ;-) )

        June 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm

  9. Yvonne Theze

    A great photograph xxxxx

    Sent from my iPad


    June 13, 2015 at 3:15 am

    • Thank you Mum! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  10. Beautiful image Adrian…….you and Poldark are doing wonders for the Cornish tourist industry.

    June 13, 2015 at 11:23 am

    • Thank you Mark! Poldark considerablay more so than myself but that’s kind of you to say! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

  11. A magnificent scene Adrian, perfectly captured. The reflection looks fantastic. Will definitely visit this location, hopefully during the spring tides.

    June 13, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    • Thanks Simon, much appreciated!

      June 14, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  12. Absolutely stunning shot, Adrian. Lovely!

    June 13, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    • Thank you Isabel! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm

  13. Reflections are always fun. Great shot, m’dear!

    June 13, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    • Thank you Gunta! :-)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  14. The glistening sand provides a wonderful foreground for this. And a nice day. I watched the forecast earlier and still there is the possibility of frost and it’d mid-June, and I’ve worn a short sleeved short and no jumper once so far this year. Still trying to move house, maybe move country instead!! Joking actually, but whatever happened to summer?

    June 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    • Thank Andy, it does make you wonder where summer has gone! There weren’t any bathers on the beach that day that’s for sure..

      June 14, 2015 at 3:35 pm

  15. this picture gives a good summer feel :)

    June 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    • Thank you Joshi. It didn’t feel like summer, it’s been very cold but the sun has been shining so that’s always a plus! :)

      June 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm

  16. Lovely image. Do you know what the engine house once did out there all by itself?

    June 14, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    • Thank you Carol. The engine houses housed the steam engines that were used to pump water from the tin mines that ran out beneath the sea. It must have been a very frightening experience for the miners, as they could hear the sea roaring above their heads. Given that children were also sent down the mines, it must have been absolutely terrifying for the young ones. It was crucial that the steam engines were stoked with a steady supply of coal to produce the steam that powered the huge beam engine pumps that kept the mines just about dry. Lines of donkeys would tow carts of coal along the cliff paths to feed the engines.
      Our Victorian industrial heritage is a fascinating one but it’s shocking now to see the very heavy price the working classes paid, toiling in most dreadful conditions imaginable, creating the vast wealth of a relative few. We have a lot to thank them for as the comforts the vast majority of us now enjoy would not have been possible without the work they did, kick starting the industrial revolution that rumbles on today..

      June 14, 2015 at 3:32 pm

      • Thank you for taking the time to give me such a complete answer – it makes me look at your photograph with new eyes and a new appreciation for the natural world and how we exploit it…and each other.

        June 14, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      • Absolutely! :-)

        June 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

  17. Beautiful photograph of this beautiful view, Adrian! I hope you got the sun you asked for today? ;) We’re having crazy weather here in Amsterdam with temperatures changing over 15c from one day to the next!

    June 14, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    • Thank you Camilla! The sun’s still shining but it’s still way too cold for June.. Perhaps July and August will make up for it!

      June 17, 2015 at 8:30 am

  18. I really like the softness (atmospheric not technical!) in this image – there is something quite enticing about it ….. and another beauty to show that, when the sun is shining, England is hard place to beat!

    June 14, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    • Thanks Noeline. England is a hard place to beat when the sun is shining as you say. Just a shame that although the sun is shining, for the most part, it’s been so cold. :-)

      June 15, 2015 at 10:29 am

      • Not as cold as Iceland! :D :D

        June 18, 2015 at 7:29 am

      • That is very true! :-)

        June 18, 2015 at 12:02 pm

  19. The ideal:) So lovely.

    June 14, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    • Thank you Elena! It wasn’t terribly warm but it certainly looks summery! :-)

      June 15, 2015 at 10:13 am

  20. A really super shot of Wheal Coates, Adrian. I remember this place very well. :)

    June 15, 2015 at 8:51 am

    • Thank you Sylvia! :-)

      June 15, 2015 at 10:14 am

  21. What an amazing photo.

    June 15, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    • Thank you Lou! :-)

      June 15, 2015 at 5:51 pm