Cornwall - the land of pasties, mines and amazing roads

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by #philsmith, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    What are you using for a camera? I'd say your pics are corrected for color balance and sharped. Is it software and a good eye or natural skill and one hell of a camera?
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  2. #philsmith

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    Correct, colour balance and sharped because I hate smaller images where you lose detail when uploaded to internet but the light in Cornwall, St.Ives especially is fantastic (why it became a world famous art colony) so not much else.

    I usually use an old Canon 400D with the standard 18-55mm lense but all the pics above this post on this page, apart from the long one of the beach, were taken on my iphone 4 so while I would love to say its skill, I'd say it was a bit of luck really and some good light.

    Glad you enjoyed the pics
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  3. #philsmith

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    So with the overcast skies arriving again and the forecast of torrential rain the next day, it appeared the universe had decided I was going back to London :cry

    A quick look at a few last sights to keep me going before a leisurely blast back to the capital.

    Knill's monument, built as a mausoleum in 1782, is a 50ft high granite pyramid built by an eccentric mayor John Knill. It was never used for it's intended purpose as John Knill died while in London and was buried in Holborn. It stands 100 ft above sea level at the top of Worvas Hill, just above the woods we used to run cross country through while at school.

    It was interesting to realise at that point something I had never given a second thought. This monument I had run past once a week, sat on for a break while out mountain biking through the summer and used as a navigation point while bringing the boat back into the bay had not only been much more important in my life than I ever thought but had been made over 300 years ago so a man could be remembered. I wondered if he ever thought it would be such a big part of the community?

    I would never forget Knill's Monument as it is ingrained into my childhood and then my later years one way or the other so I guess you can say he succeeded in being remembered.

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    In John Knill's Will provisions were left for a ceremony to take place every 5 years which still occurs today. You can find more info here http://www.btinternet.com/~ptaffs/knillmon/knill.html or by google searching John Knill or Knill's monument.
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  4. poolman

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    Amazing...
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    A quick look back at St.Ives from Carbis Bay with many landmarks already posted

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  6. Lucky Intervale

    Lucky Intervale Been here awhile

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    What an awesome report! Brings back memories of last year when I was, alas, sans bike, in Tintagel and Port Isaac... what a phenomenal place. And yes, the pasties are aw-sum! :clap I thought again and again how nice scooting around on my DS would be and I hope I get back to do just that! Thanks for a great report!
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  7. klaviator

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    Awesome scenery. Great pics:clap

    Love your sig line:thumb
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  8. #philsmith

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    Thanks for the great comments guys, a couple more pics left when I get in front of the computer
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    So on the way home, I decided to waste a bit of time down at Lelant Estuary, another place for various reasons I've spent a lot of my time. When I was young I used to walk around the decaying wrecks of the old boats mixed in with working fleet sheltering for the winter. When I grew up I then laid up my boat here for the winter as the St.Ives boats had for hundreds of years before me.

    Sadly that is now to be no more as a multinational has bought the surrounding areas and wish to change years of tradition. The skeletons of a bygone era are to be removed and the St.Ives fleet dispersing elsewhere for the winter months.

    For now, until this happens this is still a fantastic place, at low tide it has old ship wrecks to look at and miles of shore to walk along in the peace and quiet, at high tide the pond like water gives an amazingly peaceful outlook.

    The tide was in when I arrived.

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  10. Bill_Z

    Bill_Z Dude! chill,...

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    I agree that there is some amazing light available to capture such wonderful images and while the camera may facilitate capturing pictures, you have the eye to see the shot. Very nicely done. And thanks for taking us along. That was a great ride.
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    Thanks for the kind comments

    So a quick look around the headland at Hayle Sand Bar and looking out to St.Ives Bay, at low tide this is miles of golden sand to stroll along or sit and relax, just remember the tide does come in!

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    A quick couple when the tide is out for you, with some of the old decaying wrecks.

    Looking back at the train station where the first photo was taken from

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    A skeleton of an old boat, a reminder of the once great fishing industry that went the way of the mines

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    And that, sadly, was the time to get back to London, the rat race and all the worries and stresses it entails.

    All that stood between me and mundane was a 5 hour ride, the last activity to keep me sane while I withered away for a week, waiting for next weekend and the chance to ride again.

    A quick stop at Stonehenge on the way home, trying my best to waste time before heading up the last leg to London.

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    Thanks for reading guys!
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  14. luckychucky

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    Good pics, looks like a great ride. Your map made me realize where Penzance is. My daughter is in a play the Pirates of Penzance. Thanks.
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    I just flew over that area coming from the USA. It looks alot different from 38.000 feet. Your photos are beautiful. No camera will ever replace a good eye. You have one. Thanks for sharing.
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    Thanks so much, glad you enjoyed it
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    A ride down there with a few inmates should be organised if anyone is up for it at some point
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  18. squonker

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    Nice RR! Always good to see pics from home...
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    Cornwall was home? Where abouts?
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  20. Aj Mick

    Aj Mick Been here awhile

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    Now there's a proper little bridge - no fancy high tech cement required.


    There is some interesting history associated with those walls.

    For several years in the '90s I worked on nearby Exmoor, in Somerset, from late March to mid May. The people I worked for had "enclosed" fields like these..... and there were a few walls extending into the common. "Had my grandfather finished those in time, that land would have been ours too," said the lady boss of the farm I worked on.

    As it was they had "commoners rights" to graze the common. One of my tasks was to do the rounds by motorcycle at daybreak to count and check the cows on the common, which were not far off calving.
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