I took a trip to a little beach yesterday that is used mainly by local people and at this time of year, local people exercising dogs. It’s a super little beach and allows superb views of St Austell Bay. There’s a nice stretch of sand with some rock pools at low tide and safe paddling for the little ones. However, access to the beach is gained through a small tunnel under the railway and yesterday, this tunnel was flooded. Using my stick to guage depth, I gingerly started wading but with water threatening to overflow my wellies (rubber boots) with every step, it took a while. But probably because of the flooding, once the other side, there was nobody in sight, despite the half-term school holidays.
From the beach you get a good view of the sea wall that protects Par docks. When I was a child, large ships used to dock here to collect the china clay, dug from the local hills, for export around the world. Par docks is no longer used for the loading of china clay and there are plans for its redevelopment as a luxury marina but there is a lot of local resistance.
I was surprised and shocked to find that as a result of the recent storms, there has been a huge hole punched through the sea defences that protect the docks. The huge chunks of granite that make up the wall, have been in place for generations and weathered countless storms but this winter has been exceptional. The granite blocks lay strewn around, clearly tossed aside as of no significance, such is the power of the sea. :-/
To give some scale to this image, the square block of rock on the right-hand side in the foreground made a comfortable spot to sit awhile..
Of course, being an inquisitive photographer, always on the lookout for the next picture, I naturally had to have a peek through the wall. With a huge effort, I managed to traverse the boulders on my back-side to get a look at a rarely accessed area. This side of the sea wall is off-limits and protected by security fencing and razor wire..
Otto Von Munchow, on his blog In Flow, has today launched the 6th round of his search for the best photoblogs on WordPress. Check out the latest round and vote here. It would be so good if the whole blogging community could get behind this poject to ensure we have a unique, representative and valuable resource to access the best examples of photoblogging out there. If you visit Otto’s blog, you’ll also find links to previous rounds.
Otto has been incredibly generous with his valuable time in going through hundreds of nominated blogs and starting to whittle the list down to a manageable size. The least we can do I think, is visit the blogs and take a couple of minutes to vote. You’ll be treated to some incredible photography.. :-)