St Ives, Cornwall

The result of a day with the camera in St Ives, down in the western tip of Cornwall. Classic stormy September weather battered the town whilst we were there, but the rain held off for long enough on this day at least to fire off a few photos.

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After a bleak previous day filled with storms and rain, I opened an eye early on Monday and saw some nice morning light I couldn't resist heading out with the camera. This walkway along the sea front can take a hammering from the sea at high tide during rough weather (a wave got me on this path whilst walking back from the pasty shop the day before).

St Ives lighthouse

The stormy clouds made for some interesting skies when mixed with a colourful sunrise, but it meant another day of high winds and wet spells.

Sunrays hitting the sea

With the sun a bit higher in the sky, the rays bursting through this storm cloud made it look like the sea was on fire.

Don't jump

This little guy looked like he was considering jumping.

Seagull

Seagulls in St Ives are notoriously good food thiefs - they regularly swoop down and snatch chips, pasties and icecreams straight from the hands of unsuspecting holiday makers. The fatter the seagull, the better the thief!

Harbour

In years gone by the harbour would've been busy with the local fishermen earning a living.

Cornish cottages

Nowadays however tourism is the main industry, although there are still plenty of reminders around about how life used to be. Most of the town centre is filled with tiny streets and little fisherman's cottages.

Cottages

Lots are now holiday homes (spot the rubber dingy), but it's still good fun walking around the streets and trying to imagine what life must've been like here a hundred years ago.

Sea front, St Ives

The harbour front is nice and quiet early in the morning, before it gets busy with people searching for fish and chips and icecreams.

Icecream

Found one!

The Island

A small hilly pennisula extends into the sea between the harbour and Porthmeor beach. On a windy day like today it's fairly exposed - a prime kite flying spot.

Windy

Not enjoying the 50kph side wind up on the hill...

St Nicholas' Chapel

A small stone chapel sits on the top of the pennisula. The chapel was built for local fisherman hundreds of years ago - it's exact age isn't known, but records of repair date back to the 15th century.

Smile

Looking happier now we're back down in the sheltered harbour. Time for some fish and chips!