A Week in Cornwall

Cornwall Holiday - June 2017
Porthminster Beach St. Ives
Cornwall Holiday - Friday 16 June to Saturday 24 June

My wife and I spent a week in Carbis Bay, a small town to the east of St. Ives. It was an excellent base for exploring west Cornwall, although on this occasion generally grey skies did not make for inspirational photographic expeditions.

I decided to visit St.Michael's Mount, on the south coast. This was the first time I had ever visited St. Michael's Mount with a camera, and I was not disappointed. It is a small tidal island in Mount's Bay, Marazion. The island is linked to the town by a man-made causeway of granite setts, passable between mid-tide and low water. The population of this parish in 2011 was 35. It is managed by the National Trust, and the castle and chapel have been the home of the St Aubyn family since approximately 1650.

I arrived on the beach at 5 am and waited for the sunrise. As this is such an iconic spot there was already one other photographer there and we shared a spot on the causeway as the tide slowly receded revealing more of the colourful stonework that seems designed to act as a leading line to the Mount.

St Michaels Mount

Another morning I took the train into St. Ives (one stop on the branch line) and walked around the town looking for photographic possibilities and somewhere for lunch. At one point I walked down to the sea's edge (it was low tide) and saw this yacht run aground and no doubt waiting for high tide so that it could enter the harbour. There were many people on the beach, but careful positioning of my camera and waiting for the right moment meant that I was able to capture this moment with just one person and a bird to act as counterpoint to the boat, and a pleasing triangular composition.

Porthminster Beach St. Ives