Coast & Cornwall Day 4 – Eden Project & Mevagissey

I thought the day would be quite disappointing when I woke up to grey clouds and a forecast for heavy downpours. But then it occurred to me that being inside a massive greenhouse was probably the best place to be during the rain, so I headed off to the Eden Project mid-morning.

The first Biome I visited was the tropical one – bad news for photography because as soon as you enter, everything mists up with condensation. Quite annoying, and although I took a few pictures (they all have “built-in soft-focus filter”) but they weren’t up to much.

Thankfully, as soon as you come out of the hothouse, things get back to normal with the camera and the Temperate Biome was much better for picture opportunities. Here are a couple of examples:[Inner workings of a tulip revealed when a couple of petals have fallen away]

This robin was quite happy to wander around inside the Biome and pose for photographs!

[Robin in the Biome]

After another massive downpour around 4pm, I decided to leave Eden and head back to my hotel. But I’d been in the car for about 10 minutes and the sun came out – so I headed off to the picturesque fishing harbour at Mevagissey, spending over an hour taking pictures in the evening sunshine:

[Mevagissey Reflections]

Then I enjoyed a lovely dinner in a local fish restaurant – Cornish Monkfish!

The weather promises to be better tomorrow, and I plan to drive around the Roseland Peninsular on the way to Falmouth.

See a few more photos taken today.

Coast & Cornwall Day 3 – Teignmouth & Heligan

Lots more driving today, from Weymouth to St. Austell. I did a little detour for lunch in Teignmouth and found a pleasant little town with a picturesque bay:

[Rowing Boats beached in Teignmouth Bay]

It was late afternoon by the time I arrived in St. Austell, and I was in need of a cuppa and a cream tea – so headed to the Lost Gardens of Heligan just in time for last entry at 4:30pm. Having fortified myself with tea and scones, I pottered around the North Gardens until they were turning folks out at six.

[Black velvet tulips in Heligan]

As well as the cultivated flowers, I found some natural visitors:

[A Red Admiral perches on an Azalea bloom]

It’s off to The Eden Project tomorrow, so expect a few more flora and fauna shots. The internet connections have been a bit flakey, so not sure when I’ll be able to post the next day’s stuff, but I’ll do my best.

See a few more photos taken today.

Coast & Cornwall Day 2 – Durdle Door & Swanage

The weather was a little hazy again today but I did manage to get some quite nice shots. I decided to visit the Purbeck Jurassic Coast today, and started off at the picturesque Durdle Door:

[The cliff top approach to Durdle Door]

After a couple of hours scrambling up and down the cliffs, I headed off to Norden Station to catch the Swanage Railway to Swanage for the afternoon:

[Changing the header board at Swanage Station]

The ride from Norden is a pleasant one, and takes about half an hour. The train drops you right in the centre of Swanage and after finding some lunch, I went for a potter around the bay. Folks were out enjoying the beach, pier, diving, fishing, rowing etc. Here’s one guy setting off for a paddle around the bay:

[Captain Carolina heads off for a paddle]

To round off the day, I drove up to Studland Head where the South West Coast Path starts – all 630 miles of it – to Minehead:

[Fancy a walk?]

I’m being rather lazy and doing my coastal tour in the car! See a few more photos taken today.

Coast & Cornwall Day 1 – Chesil Beach

Off On My Hols
I’ve taken myself off to the south coast and Cornwall for a photographic trip, and will be blogging my best photos as I’m going along. I spent quite a while driving today, stopping off in Dorchester on the way during the afternoon. But unfortunately, I didn’t feel very inspired by the town, and so made my way to Chesil Beach (it’s a long drive so I’m breaking the journey at Weymouth). The weather wasn’t great for photos – weak, hazy sunshine (I was hoping for blue skies), so I took a few pictures of things I found on the beach. Here are a few examples:

[Hazy Horizon at Chesil Beach – it’s in there somewhere!]

[A clump of pink flowers surrounded by pebbles]

[Discarded feather amongst the stones]

See a few more photos taken today.