I used to be more of a ‘detail’ photographer, zooming in on objects, passionate about flower photography and the closer the better which led me to purchasing a dedicated macro lens. Then I moved to Shropshire where the rural landscape catches the eye. Wide open spaces and hills. I still wasn’t a landscape photographer though, more like taking snapshots of the views without really considering the composition. Trips to the US and Canada where the landscapes are BIG started me thinking more seriously about what I wanted to say to the viewer of my images, how I wanted to showcase the scene in front of me.

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Mount’s Bay

Moving to Cornwall in 2016 had another effect on how I take photos. Now I have seascapes to consider and hills and ancient lands. And clouds.

St Michael’s Mount and the Lizard in the distance

Today we visited a local garden for a walk among trees in the September sunshine and on the way home I detoured along a favourite route of mine which takes me through the narrow lanes of West Penwith to the Celtic Sea. Another detour took me to the Ding Dong mines,  reputedly one of the oldest mines in Cornwall. Sixteen separate mines came together early in the 19th. century to form the present sett including Ding Dong in the middle.

Rows and floes of angel hair / And ice cream castles in the air / And feather canyons everywhere / I’ve looked at clouds that way

I was not expecting the views across the fields to Mount’s Bay and the Lizard in the distance and the most wonderful fluffy white cumulus clouds.

The Greenburrow engine house shown here is the best preserved of the three that still remain and can be seen for miles around. It was built in 1865 for a 40 inch pumping engine.

Greenburrow Engine House / Bosiliac in the landscape (hard to believe in this barren location that by 1874 Ding Dong mine had five beam engines and a workforce of 273)
Greenburrow Engine House (close-up)
Ding Dong Mine with sunset colours in the foreground

As I had the macro lens on my camera all these photos were taken using my Huawei Pro 20 phone with a wide setting.

To end a most delightful day we were treated to the first glorious September sunset – assisted by the clouds of course. And a sign that autumn is here.

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  1. Wind Kisses says:

    I love the way you took us back and forth, Glad you included the people in the close up to get an idea of the size. Very nice. love the last photo with the colored flowers in the foreground. Donna

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Donna. I was not expecting those views from the mine, though I should have realised we were high up. Those people were in the perfect place for me to illustrate the scale of the engine house, serendipity!

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        Serendipity is exactly right. Well done!.

  2. Suzanne says:

    I love clouds and it felt really strange to be in other countries with no clouds. NZ wouldn’t be the same without them. Jude, good examples of cloud porn 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, you have lovely clouds too, in fact sometimes when we see the long white clouds I think of New Zealand. I do like a blue cloudless sky, but the clouds do add drama. I was trying to think of countries without clouds, I suppose anywhere with a desert!

      1. Suzanne says:

        Spain and Turkey. Those are two countries that while we were staying there for months on end didn’t seem to have many cloudless days even during their winter.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Interesting. I wouldn’t hate cloudless skies during the winter – what area of Spain were you living in? Or did you move around?

  3. pattimoed says:

    Ohh…I thought I had written back to you on your post, but I see now that I didn’t!! My apologies. I love these gorgeous vistas, Jude. Stunningly beautiful. I think the engine house is my favorite here, but they all are stunning.

  4. Truly not a lot of trees. Beautiful, though. Thanks for showing me.

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