I am at Trebetherick in North Cornwall. My wife, Mary Ann, has been coming here since she was an infant, and we first came here together 30 years or so ago. Our eldest son learnt to walk down here; all three boys and our two successive labradors have played in the sea here, and it is a special place for us.
We have been lucky in our travels – we have seen Australia’s Great Ocean Road and been to Big Sur, Point Reyes and points north in California, as well as some fine cities from Sydney to Kong Kong to San Francisco to New York. If in very old age I was given one last place to see again, it would be here.
This house stands on the promontory where the River Camel meets the sea.
To our left is the estuary running up to Padstow, with Daymer Beach in the foreground:
On a grey day, and with a little help from Photoshop (and I am not above a little help from Photoshop) one might make it look like this:
The seaward view looks like this, or did on a day last year when a rainbow appeared as a full arc above the point:
Between them, and directly below the house, lies the Doom Bar – you can see water breaking over it in the picture below. The name will be known to many as a popular local beer. To sailors it had a literal meaning, spelling death to many and death also to Padstow as a port. Stepper Point, opposite the house, has its odd shape because its tip was cut off – ships coming up-river would find their wind cut off by the point just as they needed control to get round the shifting sands and such was Padstow’s commercial significance that it was worth the labour of removing the obstruction.
One problem – well it’s not a problem really – is that I don’t feel any imperative to leave even to go and see some of the other wonders of Cornwall. I spend my life either sitting at my desk in a dull room overlooking a suburban street, or rushing from airport lounge to hotel and back again. One thing I don’t do is clear a day to work out the best way of displaying the photographs I take, to work out how Nikon’s many permutations of focus work, to tag my photographs in Lightroom or to explore the depths of Photoshop.
The result here is a set of photographs all taken within a few yards of the house, many of them views in different lights of the river below, with and without passing boats and with varying degrees of intervention by Photoshop.
The thumbnails below give access to a slide show of these photographs. They are quite large, so you may prefer the framed slideshow which appears below this set.
Here is much the same set as a smaller slide show: