Getting to Know You

A new host this week, Scillagrace (Priscilla Grace) who invites us to present a “Getting To Know You” post showing your relationship with a subject you’ve photographed. The subject could be a Person, a Place, a Culture, an Object…anything that has captured your attention, won your affection and taught you a thing or two.

 

The long white cloud

My love affair with the south-west began many years ago as a child on holiday. The long drive down from the north of England when there were few motorways was not my favourite part as I suffered badly with travel sickness. But once we had arrived in our caravan in either Dorset, Devon or Cornwall I was entranced.

Wind forward 50 years or so and dreams of a move to the south-west were becoming a reality. Several holidays in Cornwall helped us decide where it was we wanted to live. And that was practically the end of the country. West Penwith.

The toe of England, the bit that weather forecasters always put their arm across, the extreme south-west which gets battered by the Atlantic storms scudding across the Celtic Sea .

Where Land’s End lies.
And mermaids sigh.

Lanyon Quoit and Ding Dong Mine

For some reason the wildness and openness of this part of the country appealed to us. It’s rural charm and tin mining history, patchwork fields and Cornish hedges, tiny fishing villages and remote beaches are endearing, though maybe not so much during the school holidays when the population rises dramatically and roads are choked, car parks full and beaches heaving.

Carn Galver mine

Living in the countryside in a hamlet of less than twenty houses you start to notice nature.

The weather.
The clouds.
The sunsets and sunrises.
Wildflowers.

It has a very different character to the rest of Cornwall; it feels almost like an island. Remote villages and hamlets are strung along one of the most beautiful roads in the land  between St Just and St Ives.

And travel is slow due to tractors, trucks, German campervans, French motorhomes, sharp bends and drystone granite walls that you desperately try to avoid at all costs when reversing into a ‘passing place’.  The unhurried pace gives  you time to catch a glimpse of

A blue-green sea.
The tumble-down mine.
A white-washed cottage.
Golden sands.

The narrow lanes and Cornish hedges are full of wild flowers such as Sheep’s bit  Scabious and Pennywort.

Frothy cow parsley.
Towering foxgloves.
Red campion (which is really pink).
Starry stitchwort(Lesser and Greater).
English bluebells
and Montbretia.

I have spent a lot of time photographing my neighbourhood in the five years since I moved here. I have learned the names of plants that I had never seen before and I even spent an entire year recording nature in a monthly photographic blog journal. I don’t think I have ever in my entire life come to know a place as intimately as I have with this one.

Or love it as much.

Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #145 | Getting to know you

63 Comments

  1. scillagrace says:

    I do think it is a good and holy thing to fall in love with a Place, and your post proves it. All the natural aspects that you are fond of do make you want to protect it from the crowds and traffic that might threaten the pace and balance. Thanks for joining the challenge and for showing the relationship you have with this special Place in such beautiful images!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for the chance to showcase my favourite place Scilla!

  2. Kat Br says:

    the view ❤

  3. So beautiful! I love the beautiful water in that top photo! Love it ❣❣

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, yes, the famous St Ives. A beautiful little former fishing village, but terribly overcrowded in the summer.

      1. I can see why, because it is so lovely there! But I do kind of hate crowds.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Me too which is why I avoid the town most of the year which is a shame.

  4. Graham says:

    It is an amazing part of the country and, as you say, very different to other places. I loved those lanes, but only lived there through one winter so never had to deal with tourists and their the motor homes. Probably just as well.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You simply learn to avoid the school holidays, though it is getting busy at any time of the year now. April and May used to be quite nice and September.

  5. travtrails says:

    love the landscapes

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you. They are pretty.

  6. janesmudgeegarden says:

    I like the fact that you can see all those wildflowers on your walks. And the view across the fields…. simply wonderful. No wonder you love this beautiful area.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have learned about a lot of wild flowers I didn’t even know existed – including some in my own garden. Trick is which to remove and which to leave! I think during the lockdown I have photographed every inch of the lanes around me! The views get me every time I walk up the hill. I wish I could do a 360 degree photo.

  7. BeckyB says:

    what a stunning post. How can you ever leave here.

    1. Heyjude says:

      With difficulty.

      1. BeckyB says:

        tell the family to move closer 😉

  8. Gorgeous nature 🌱👍🏻🌷so awesome view 👌🙏😍

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you!

  9. margaret21 says:

    What a lovely love-song to somewhere which its’s always been obvious you love a great deal. So happy you’ve found your Special Place.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It reminds me a lot of the Cape Peninsula in many ways, except no mountains. Away from the hot-spots it is a very different place. But everywhere in the UK suffers from tourists if it’s pretty – the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales are the same.

      1. Sue says:

        As are the Cotswolds….

        1. Heyjude says:

          Very true.

      2. margaret21 says:

        You have to know your Yorkshire Dales. You CAN get away. Just as prices and crowds plummet just outside the boundaries of the Lake District.

  10. restlessjo says:

    Watch it! You’ll have everybody moving there 🙂 🙂 Nah, many couldn’t afford it and the rest wouldn’t appreciate it as you do, Jude. Despite grumbles about the weather. You’ve found your bolt hole and it’s beautiful, smelly cows apart.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think everyone IS moving here! Houses selling like hot cakes! Probably second homes in a lot of cases.

      1. Sue says:

        This second home thing is the problem, and the gap widens ever mor between the haves and have nots….

        1. Heyjude says:

          Also very true.

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