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Gwithian Rock Pools

These rock pool photos were taken on a perfect evening a couple of weeks ago, at Gwithian, on the other side of St Ives Bay. There have been so many beautiful evenings since - including this one. Although setting, the sun is still bright in the sky (at almost 9pm), the smell of honeysuckle is wafting in through open windows and it's so quiet, with just the occasional bird sound to be heard.

The rock pool pics are for you, Libby! Hope that you like them?!


  1. The water is so clear and inviting.
    I wished I lived near the sea!

  2. Lesley, i've heard people say that Cambria here has weather a bit like Cornwall, we're having that same kind of day today, so wonderful.
    Its gorgeous there!

  3. oh i do~!~ i do~!!~
    such beautiful shots of this fascinating phenomenon and your description of the lovely days and evenings is making me wish for a holiday in your beautiful space in the sun~!!~ next best thing though is admiring your wonderful photography~!!~ thank you~!~


  4. Beautiful photos! I love rockpools. xo

  5. I was out breathing in the honeysuckle scent last night: heavenly! Lovely photos of rockpools, the water looks soooo clear.

  6. I love rock pools! that last but one is almost an abstract pic - I love it!

  7. Lovely shots Lesley and the sound of silence except for birds sounds gorgeous. I can just hear mowers around here at the

  8. Thanks everyone - nice to hear from you. I'll try to take more in the future, because none of the pools featured have any sea anemones! Lesley x

  9. Hi Lesley. Golly, I haven't been to Gwithian for a few years now which is ridiculous as it isn't exactly far away! Will make more of an effort now I have seen your pics x

  10. Now I am getting very excited at the prospect of visiting Cornwall again, I have been feeling very land locked!

    How fortunate to have all this on your doorstep.

  11. Lovely rockpool piccies Lesley. I do love rockpools as well and they inspire my work :o)
    Have a good weekend coming up

  12. There's something magical about Gwithian on a beautiful summer evening! Thanks Pipany, Val and Carolyn. x

  13. Oh wonderful. I can hardly express how excited rock pools make me feel. What treasures did you find in them?

  14. They look fabulous!! Did you go for a wee paddle?

    C x

  15. I adore rockpools, they're like a window to another world. And Gwithian has some beauties.

  16. Hi Lesley, Great Rockpool photos. When we were in St Ives the other week, we read (in the Joules catalogue!!!) that if you sit with your feet in a rock pool - very still - the shrimps will come and nibble at your feet. So we tried it - and they did!!! It was so lovely to meet you - see you next year. xx

  17. Emma, Carol, Sue and Diane - thanks for visiting and commenting. Hope that all is well with you. x

    Diane it was lovely to meet you too - look forward to seeing you on your next visit to St Ives!

  18. Wonderful photos. I love rockpools, they are like little treasures waiting to be explored! Lovely catching up with your blog again. Helz x


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