Samphire Rock – Strangles Beach

Samphire Rock - Strangles Beach, Crackington Haven, Near Bude, North Cornwall

Samphire Rock - Strangles Beach, Crackington Haven, Near Bude, North Cornwall

This is Strangles Beach, situated to the south-west of Crackington Haven. It’s what I call a Photographers Beach, in that there are images everywhere and no matter what the state of the weather you can nearly always find interesting images. It is approached by a single track and is best visited at a time when the tide is on the ebb as it is very easy to get cut off. I’m thinking I might make another visit this weekend to see what I can get this time round.

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Dusk from Rusey Cliff – Crackington Haven

Dusk from Rusey Cliff - Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Dusk from Rusey Cliff - Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Taken from one of the highest points on the cornish coast, this view looks north towards the Cambeak in the twilight. The setting sun is just starting to tinge the clouds with subtle shades of pink and I am here on my own, loving the solitude and the sheer joy of watching natures light show. This is something I enjoy for myself, the experience is all mine. When I return home I can relive the moment by viewing the images on the computer, sometimes days, weeks or months after I made the image and the feelings and emotions I felt at the time replay in my mind.

If you look at the title at the top of this page you will see that after “The Magic of Cornwall” it says “…a lifetime of memories”. Both the title and subtitle were suggested to me by my friend Helen Swan who loved Cornwall. Helen died four years ago and I think of her often, I sometimes look at an image I have made and think to myself – Helen would have liked that one, or even – Helen would have said “that’s crap” – she didn’t hold back when critiquing my pictures. So for me photography is about memory, forget the equipment, the software, the techniques – when it comes down to it it’s all about the image in front of you – how it makes you feel and how you connect with it.

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Evening Cloudscape – High Cliff

Evening Cloudscape - High Cliff, Crackington Haven, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Evening Cloudscape - High Cliff, Crackington Haven, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

This image was made on my recent shoot at High Cliff. The setting sun was obscured by some dark clouds on the horizon with the odd break in the clouds allowing he remaining sunlight to stream down. It was a magical scene and I took a number of images of which this is the one I like best. Hope you like it too. As always comments and feedback are appreciated.

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Coastal View towards Tintagel from Rusey Cliff

Coastal View towards Tintagel from Rusey Cliff, Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Coastal View towards Tintagel from Rusey Cliff, Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

Another view from my recent shoot at High Cliff, this time in the opposite direction from the image in yesterdays post. To be accurate in placing the location of this shot it was actually taken from Rusey Cliff, which is situated to the south of High Cliff and belongs to the National Trust. I had spotted this view on a previious visit to this location but the conditions weren’t right at that time so I was happy to be able to capture a shot I was happy with and to post it today. Hope you like it.

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High Cliff – Crackington Haven, Bude

High Cliff - Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

High Cliff - Crackington Haven, Bude, North Cornwall (David Carvey)

This is High Cliff, near Crackington Haven, North Cornwall. At 224 metres (735 feet) it is the highest cliff in Cornwall, but as you can see from this image it doesn’t have the dramatic effect that its’ height would seem to indicate. This is because at some point in the distant past it suffered a huge landslip. Nevertheless when you are standing at this point, looking towards High Cliff from Rusey Cliff, you cannot help but be impressed by its quiet grandeur. The cliff path leads from here towards Crackington Haven, but be warned it is a hell of a trek. I’ve done it once, but Im not keen to do it again anytime soon.

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