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St Agnes Beacon and Wheal Coates Tin Mine

Thursday 26th July 2012

Hot day turned fresher in the evening and the sunset never really happened. We first walked to the top of St Agnes Beacon. The heather and gorse was not quite out. We had hoped to photograph the cliffs adorned with purple bell heather and yellow western gorse. The view from the beacon towards St Ives is wonderful. Not only was the show of flower disappointing but there was also a lot of mist about. I did manage this shot of the beacon looking inland rather than along the coast. I am hoping to come back in a couple of weeks time when the display should be wonderful.

Bell Heather and Western Gorse on St Agnes Beacon


We moved towards the headland and Wheal Coates Tin Mine. The mist and cloud worked together to give the sky a very pastel appearance. Below is a photo trying to show this effect. I am not sure it has worked. Difficult to take as the camera was pointing straight at the sun. I could have made the photo more dynamic and contrasty in photoshop but wanted to convey the soft effect I was seeing. This is not an HDR photo but a blend of two exposure; one for the sky and one for the land.

Setting sun at Wheal Coates


As I said earlier the sunset did not happen. Below are two photos of the most famous engine house at Wheal Coates, The Towanroath Shaft Engine House. The first photo is a vertical panoramic of two images taken about 10 minutes after the sun went down.

Wheal Coates Tin Mine


For this second shot I had walked a bit further down the cliff. This was taken just as the sun was going down.

Wheal Coates Tin Mine




7 responses

  1. These are wonderful! The color , light and composition are excellent.

    July 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

  2. Really impressed with your lovely website!

    August 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm

  3. Ruins, seacoast, wildflowers: a romantic combination.

    Steve Schwartzman

    August 5, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    • Yes, you can’t beat it. Having a quick look at Cornish mining connections with Spain (there are many in Latin America) I came across the mining area of Linares-La Carolina set In Andalucia just north of Jaen. Many Cornish miners worked there in the mid 19th century. I imagine the landscape there is just as beautiful.

      August 7, 2012 at 9:56 am

      • Not surprisingly, I’d never heard about Cornish miners in Andalucia, but there must be all sorts of unlikely groups that migrated from country A to country B for work or for other reasons. Just yesterday I came across a blog that talked about Lithuanians who have gone to Iceland to work in recent years.

        August 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

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