I was asked to take some photos yesterday to help promote the regeneration of Boscastle Harbour. It has been ten years since the terrible flash floods of 2004, but very quickly the community worked hard to recreate a thriving village for locals and visitors. I am a member of the Boscastle & Crackington Gig club, a rowing club that was born in the aftermath of the devastation. They named their first boat ‘Torrent’.
After the flooding that has caused so much hardship across the South West this winter, it might give a some solace that communities can bounce back and regenerate. The community spirit engendered by destruction in this case created a will to rebuild and forge better social adhesion. It has resulted in a great place to live or visit, or like me, be a neighbour.
Walking the coastline was fairly epic and some of the sights that day were really memorable.
Newquay, Trevose, Hartland and Speke’s Mill
Spring seemed to be taking ages coming this year, and then on Saturday morning we awoke to clear skies, a warm sharp morning and a reasonable swell running. Needless to say there was smiles and excitement all round. I caught these two cats loading up the vehicles on the vehicles. Unfortunately I left the lens on manual focus, and with the backlit scene I was hoping the camera was going to focus for me. After looking at the pics I am not too worried they aren’t sharp. I wear glasses- and sometimes I like to take my glasses off and be a bit unfocussed.
Yesterday saw a big lined up swell hit the coast. Temperatures remained around freezing, and a cold afternoon brought few surfers to tackle the shifting peak and variable sizes that broke down the point. Those who did brave it were well rewarded with long waves and big open faces, as well as some deep dark pits if you wanted to stall through the inside section. The first three pictures are available as a triptych mounted and framed for £95 please contact me if interested below
I have been enjoying the dark skies, and the movements of fronts across the County. Regularly the waves clean up for a while as the winds swing around. Here’s Richard McGonigal on a dark afternoon, the low winter sun just about to drop behind Cam, giving some lovely light on the grey seas.