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A Wee bit Windy…

I was out this morning, down at the very western most tip of Cornwall, of the UK in fact, not very far from Lands End at the Botallack Tin Mine.  In the picture you can see the Crown Engine houses or what is left of them.  These engine houses housed the huge beam engine pumps used to keep the miners dry as they tunneled hundreds of metres under the ocean in search of tin.

It is said that the miners could hear the sea roaring above them as they worked.   These engine houses are probably 40 or 50 feet in height so you can get a feel for just how big the waves were today.  Sea spray was falling like rain and getting off a shot before the lens became opaque with salt was a bit of a challenge.  coordinating a bit of brightness with a good-sized wave set was an even bigger one. Waiting for the light (and the waves) once again..

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