A visit to the beach in Iceland in winter is a wonderful thing. The black sand, the snow and ice, the wonderful light, it really is something to be savoured. I’ve put together some pictures here of one particular visit to the beach where during the course of the day, the wind rose from about 3 m/s that’s about 6 miles per hour to about 30 m/s, that’s getting on for 70 miles per hour. This was one of those occasions, and I mentioned it in my last post, where getting out of the car can be extremely difficult unless you position the car carefully. Damage to doors on hire cars is extremely common in Iceland when unsuspecting tourists park up, open the door with the car facing downwind and the door is subsequently wrenched off its hinges. Extreme wind speeds are commonplace and even more so in winter. I just needed to get out to take a picture, standing was difficult, I had to hang on to the tripod and to the car and somehow get a composition and press the shutter but I think it was worth it. I’ll be posting some more pictures from a little further down the coast in due course.. :-D
Because of the nature of Porthleven Harbour, great surf is created at the entrance to the harbour just as it would be if the swell were coming up on a beach. This is a favourite spot for local surfers who enter the water at the edge of the harbour. In the picture below, if you look very carefully, one guy can be seen with his board on the steps of what I think might be the old lifeboat station. They then paddle out to enjoy some exceptional surf and great wave riding, even on a freezing cold March day like today..
32mm f/11 1/160 sec. ISO-100
This photograph was taken on a recent dawn visit that I made to Porth Nanven, with fellow blogger Poppy. Porth Nanven is a beach at the end of the Cot Valley that runs down to the sea at the very western tip of Cornwall. Porth Nanven is sometimes referred to as the dinosaur egg beach because of the giant pebbles to be found there. These pebbles are regularly dislodged from the cliff face where they were left 120,000 years ago when sea levels receded.
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24mm f/11 1/13 sec. ISO-100