7-Day Nature Photo, Day Five

Day five of the nature photo challenge that Amy, The World is a Book, invited me to join. I thought something related to the beach would be a good idea, and then I remembered this rock pool photo, full of shadows and reflections.
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I’m running out of victims uh friends to invite to the challenge. Several of you run your own challenges, that keep you busy – you know who you are, and so I’ve decided to throw it open to anyone who would like to take part. Just share a nature related photo, each day for seven, and enjoy!

I must open my eyes!

Do you ever realise that you’ve walked past something a thousand times and never noticed it? It happened to me recently, on Exmouth seafront. I was sitting at a bench eating fish and chips, as you know I will at any opportunity, and attached to the wall in front of me there were probably thirty pottery tiles. One of them had a date,
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I’ve since found out that they were made at an event called ‘Clay in the Park’, part of the annual festival in the town. Here are a few more that I’ve put into collages.
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Some look like they were made by children, no doubt they’re all grown up now. Aren’t their creations fab? I thought I was observant but apparently not!

St Ives Beaches, I do like to be beside the seaside

On Saturday I spent the day in St Ives, west Cornwall. It’s a tiny seaside town, just over a hundred miles from home and has limited parking, so when I learnt that there is a park and ride, it seemed like a good plan to leave the car there. Parking at Lelant Saltings was just a few pounds, and for £4 you can buy a return train ticket that allows you to travel between St Erth and St Ives, getting on and off as much as you want. This branch line is rated as one of the most scenic in the country.

Carbis Bay from the train
Carbis Bay from the train

Try to sit on the right of the compartment if you ever take this journey. As the train approaches St Ives, Carbis Bay is one of the first beaches you see, but you can see clear across the Hayle estuary to St Ives bay.

Our destination in the distance
Our destination in the distance

When you get off of the train there is a footpath with pretty hedges, leading to Porthminster beach (above) to the right and the town to the left.

See the railway bridge?
See the railway bridge?

And the pretty  path .

The pretty path
The pretty path

Now there’s a clear view of the harbour, especially if you zoom in .

The harbour beach
The harbour beach

But there’s no rush, lets have a look at Porthminster’s sand.

seaside1We’re going to skip on past the town now and have a peep at this little bathing beach.

I think this is called Bamaluz
I think this is called Bamaluz

and its resident poser! seaside8
On around yet another bend in the coastline,
The surfer's beach
The surfer’s beach

is Porthmeor.
Looking east
Looking east

Lastly, looking back from – I think – Porthgwidden.
St Ives is lucky to have so many beautiful beaches. Of course it helped that it was still early in the season, give it a month and these sands will be teeming with people.
The town isn’t just about beaches though, there are galleries galore, cutesy cobble streets and lots of foodie opportunities. I’ll be back with more sometime soon.

Off Season and Decayed

This week, we challenge you to show us what off-season means to you. It could be the shuttered ice-cream stand in the Southern Hemisphere where winter is drawing near. If you live in the Northern Hemisphere it might your snowmobile peeking out from beneath its tarp, or your Christmas decorations arranged neatly in the attic. Feel free to interpret this theme loosely — consider objects at rest and unmoved, places that are stagnant or abandoned.

Can’t wait to see how you interpret this challenge!

This is Krista’s challenge at the daily Post this week. I struggled to think of anything until I re-read the last sentence and then it fell into place.
The paraphernalia of the world of fishing and the sea shore fascinates me, I have no idea what most of it is, but I do like to photograph it. So here are some photos taken in winter on the beach at Budleigh Salterton in Devon.

If you would like to join in visit Krista here.

A Bench beside the Beach

Jude’s fun and addictive challenge features benches at the beach this month. ‘You must be able to do it’ she said, ‘living as close to the coast as you do’! Well the weather is lousy so I’m not likely to go to the beach yet, maybe later in the month. Meanwhile I have found this photo taken at Exmouth – my nearest and dearest beach.

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Share your bench photos, do you have a favourite beach side resting place? Visit Jude to find out more.