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Timing walking the dog between heavy showers, the roar of the waves could be heard before reaching Porthmeor Beach and an unbroken line of white edged St Ives Bay, bright against dark sea and sky. A stiff Westerly wind lifted spray from the breakers and those swells were roaring in. At almost high tide, surges were taking the sea right up to the buildings at the Eastern end of the cove, so it wasn't really possible to walk the length of the beach - well, not without risking getting seriously wet!

These photos convey neither the size, force or noise. Some of the larger rollers, just before breaking, must have been at least 8-10 feet high and the thrust was enough to flip at least one surfer into a somersault. Sadly, I didn't manage any action shots, but take it from me, they were flying!
Click the pictures for a better view - note the horizon, broken by swells.
Luckily there was somewhere to shelter from the fast moving squalls and the dog and I made it back home before a particularly fierce, though short lived, downpour.


  1. Love the photos. They would make fabulous paintings!

  2. It was so WILD! I love it when it's like that! Glad to hear you got out and enjoyed it Lesley

    Take care, see you soon
    Carolyn ♥

  3. Stunning photos............. the sea is certainly a force to be reckoned with.....

  4. Sigh...I wish I lived nearer the sea!!

    C x

  5. Hi Sybille, Carolyn and Cathy. Just being there was so exhilarating! The photos will certainly provide inspiration for future paintings. Talk soon. Lesley

  6. hello there :)

    I just found you today during a spot of blog wandering, what beautiful photographs!! You are very lucky to live in one of my favourite places, and the colour of the sea on Porthmeor has set me up for the day!! I enjoyed looking at your artwork which is lovely, you certainly have an eye for detail! I wish you luck with your etsy shop and will pop back to see you again soon!

    With love
    Julia x x x

  7. You can't beat it, blows away every cobweb :)

  8. i can only imagine what it would be like to live by the sea but your photo's certainly help me out~!!~! apparently it's not always about warm sunshine and soft breezes~lol.


  9. Sounds wonderful, if a little scary!

  10. Great to share your walk on the beach - I didn't notice the surfers to begin with - mad!

  11. Fab photos.
    I am a serious snapper with the camera when the sea is like that,the rougher the better!!
    Wish i'd been there. x

  12. Julia, Anne, Clare, Jill, Heidi - hello!

    Conditions were wild again today, with a bitingly cold NW wind. I viewed the beach from above, and left it at that, even the dog didn't seem to mind not getting any closer. The sea was a spectacular seething mass of white water. Thanks for visiting. Lesley

  13. Amazing seas - I am sure that it was a most invigorating walk!

    Pomona x

  14. Glorious and powerful photos...can't wait to see the paintings! x;)

    (Congrats on the Etsy sale too..can't beat the thrill of a sale!)

  15. Oh, how I would love to be walking there with my dog and watching those waves.

  16. Hi Lesley,
    The waves and wind and high tides have been great combinations this week. If you see me out with a hat on I have not got my glasses on!
    So sorry if I look surprised because I have to focus in. My glasses don't cling on to my ears with hats....I am rambling but i think you get my drift. Congratulations on your Etsy sale Well done. See you wih or without my hat. xx

  17. I am sure your walk would have been very energising, I bet your dog loved it too!

  18. Wasn't it great? I love the sea when it's at its roughest. I have done a fair bit of seawatching this week and have seen skuas, divers, scoter and shearwaters plus lots of Gannets and Kittiwakes

  19. Fantastic photographs, I can see how amazing it must have been to see the waves on that day.

  20. Days away from the blog, so I'm a little late to thank you Pomona, Mimi, Jamjar, Carol, Valerie, Richard and Millie for sharing your thoughts. It's clear we all love the sea! Bye for now. Lesley

  21. Thank you for bringing a little Cornwall into my damp Essex day. Keep up the good work, your photo's always cheer me up.


  22. Hi Julie, that's nice to know - I must get into the habit of taking the camera on every outing, 'just in case'. Bfn. Lesley

  23. I came here from Cleveland Girl. I love your winter waves. Its teasing me towards Cornwall. I've been dreaming of moving to St Ives for such a long time. I just don't know how to make it happen.

  24. Hi Jasmine, glimpses of other lives, all over the country and all over the world are the joys of blogging, don't you think? Best wishes. Lesley

  25. Wow, there are some big swells out there!! Lovely to see your photos of the sea, thanks for posting them on your blog. Helz x

  26. Fabulous weather for walking the dog Lesley...haha. I think the sea looks wonderful when it is rough - mind you I am writing this sitting in my centrally heated house in the middle of the countryside.

  27. Hi Lesley, thanks for stopping by my blog and your lovely comment. You lucky thing living in St Ives. I love it there and try to go every year if at all possible! Great blog!:)

  28. Hello Jessie, Cathy and Helz - no visit to the sea today (Friday) the rain has been torrential, at least an inch has fallen apparently. Thanks for visiting. x

  29. Hello Lesley,
    Carolina won my give away. Please check my blog.

  30. Hello Lesley,
    many thanks for your sweet wish! I so appreciated your words!
    Your work is amazing and St. Ives is on my wish list...
    Fabulous sea, love its colours!

  31. Thanks Monica - I always like to keep up with your blog, because you have such a flair for design. Bye for now.

  32. Thank you for your visit and your kind words about Salfon.
    I like your wonderful pictures too.

  33. The photos never show how bog the waves are, so I can appreciate it, and I love the stormy weather and the waves in St Ives, just wish I was there now!


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