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Rocks and the Atlantic
Rocks and the Atlantic
Cliff View from Porthmere
Cliff View from Porthmere

Atlantic Blue in St Ives

8th October, 2015

To Get to St Ives from Falmouth, you first catch the train to Truro where you change for St Erth. Then on arrival in St Erth you board a small train to St Ives and the coastal views from the train are stunning. The views from the station are also stunning and this is the first time I have ever arrived in St Ives by train. I walk into the town and along the harbour front which is quite busy. Then I make my way to Porthmere Beach. I had intended to visit Tate St Ives but it is closed for building works. But a small cafe below provides a welcome cappuccino while I take in the view. The beach here is not busy as the new school year has started. The sun is hot and the beach looks clean and welcoming and the sea is really blue and sparkling.

Walking onto Porthmere beach is delightful with no crowds as there would have been in August. To the right of the beach there are some great rocks where the water is lapping against their craggy surface. I head for this area to take some photographs. I am amazed just how vivid a blue the Atlantic is here, and how the blue varies from a much deeper blue to pale shades and hues. I am reminded of the old film of Cornwall shown in the present Barbara Hepworth exhibition at Tate Britain-it's esay to see why the artists came to work here attracted by the light and the sea. I continue to do a great cliff walk above the rocks where there are far reaching views across the bay and the Atlantic, providing a good opportunity to take photographs and to contemplate the purity of the Atlantic here.

Later I will visit Carbis Bay

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