a winter beach walk

I have several lenses for my Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera, but it is rare that I take more than one with me when I go out. My favourite lens for flowers and gardens is my prime lens which is also good in low light situations or my macro lens, but on Tuesday I decided to take my M.Zuiko Digital ED 40-150mm f:4.0-5.6  zoom lens when we went for a circular walk in Hayle.

First sight of St Ives in the distance from the Towans (dunes with Marram Grasses)

It was a glorious day, if a bit cold, so we decided to walk around Hayle Bluff and along the beach towards Mexico Towans. The plan was to access the road at the top of the towans (dunes) and walk into Phillack, returning to the car along the George V Memorial Walk.

The River Heyl which separates Hayle Bluff from Porthkidney beach
(Monday, January 23) at about 5pm a Humpback Whale was spotted off Carbis Bay – no sign of it today though.
Despite the clear skies all the photos I took at full zoom appeared very noisy, including this one which shows how far the sea is out at low tide.

The beach was somewhat challenging with undulations filled with water. And at the point where I expected a route up through the dunes there was nothing except a very tricky rocky track with no railings so we had to return through the ‘moguls’ to another more accessible path.

This was one of only four photos I took using my phone as I couldn’t capture the ‘moguls’ with my other lens. Negotiating your way through this was harder than it may look.
My former muse – the Godrevy lighthouse which is about three miles along this beach, though much further to reach it by road
Another smaller stream to negotiate
The twisting layers of rock along this coastline are very interesting.

Back along the Copperhouse Pool with the light  in our eyes I used the maximum zoom to try and capture some of the migratory birds in the estuary. Mostly in silhouette.

Dancing birds
Silhouette of St Elwyn’s Church over the Copperhouse Pool

And the bright red Cornus was a delight to see in the late afternoon sunshine.

Red Stemmed Dogwood (Cornus alba) along the George V Memorial Walk

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42 Comments Add yours

  1. Tina Schell says:

    A beautiful if tricky stroll Jude! Your beach reminded me very much of ours when the waves are trickier than usual and leave patterns in the sand. And somehow the darned birds find a way to be just a bit further than you want them to be depending on your lens choice LOL. I loved your walk, especially the really-interesting rock formations. Somehow nature seemed to consider against you that day and yet you figured out how to make the most of it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t come across the beach looking like that before (it’s usually quite flat where we walk) but I imagine at that place the tide comes right into the cliff and it has been pretty rough recently.

  2. A very pretty walk. Godrevy is your former muse? Have you fallen out of love with it?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I love the lighthouse still, but no longer obsessed with it 😆

  3. Wind Kisses says:

    Thank you for your coastal walk. It looked a bit cool as you say, but the day made the color brilliant. I couldn’t pick a favorite. As I scrolled down I kept finding another, and another, but he dunes, and the low tide patterns in the sand were cool. The Red Cornus was a great “splash” at the end. A shame the humpback didn’t return. So nice, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad that you enjoyed the walk Donna, we were wrapped up warm so it was nice to be outdoors in the sun.

      1. Wind Kisses says:

        You live in a beautiful place.

  4. What a gorgeous day you had for this walk, Jude.

  5. Leya says:

    It may have been a bit tricky – but you got fresh air and sunny photos! A pity about no humpback, but the sand formations and the rocks are great. Love the last splash of red as well. Thank you for this fresh walk, Jude. Your part of the world is truly beautiful.

  6. some lovely sights Jude despite the treachery underfoot – those Cornus show us just why they are so desirous on winter days

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the cornus stems are brilliant in the sunshine. I hardly get any sun in my garden during the winter months though so not much good for me.

  7. Lovely pictures, we love to walk on the beach in wither as well.
    greetings from Denmark from Liv

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s certainly a lot quieter here in winter months. Thank you for visiting me Liv.

  8. Rachel Davis says:

    What beautiful photos of a beautiful place ❤️

  9. Although the sky is a wonderful blue, it looks chilly out there! Love the rock formations and the shots of the birds. Oh, and the Red Stemmed Dogwood … what a lovely colour to see along the road during a cold day!

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