Boscastle, Cornwall, UK

June 21, 2016

Yesterday wasn't just the Summer Solstice. People got to see the best sunset of the year so far... And I completely missed it.


Even if it was dull and overcast this evening, I wasn't going to make the same mistake twice. So, I headed to Boscastle for the first time ever. Boscastle sits between the two larger towns of Bude and Tintagel on Cornwall's north coast, and its known best for it's unfortunate and disastrous flood in 2004.


My journey to Boscastle was relatively easy, but I was shocked to see so many large lorries on the narrow roads. I can't say that I was surprised by the sharp corners, but I might've been caught off guard once or twice.


When I could first see Boscastle in front of me, it was as if I was looking at a postcard - the old stone buildings, the green hillsides and the unique colour to the sea that made it indistinguishable from the sky. There was definitely something special about this place, but also a little strange... As well as a few rusted anchors and old water wheels around the village, Boscastle is home to a witchcraft museum - make of that as you will.


According to my research, I wanted to be on the right side of the harbour, where I could use the inlet and ocean as a leading line. Following the signposted footpaths, I hiked up to my chosen viewpoint and began searching for big rocks I could use in my photos.



At the top of the hillside, the wind was strong and cold, and I was completely underdressed. The midges were out and biting to, but I continued to take lots of photos. I was finding compositions everywhere - even in the spiky hawthorne. 


After I was happy with what I had, I just wanted to explore the area a little more. You see, the clouds did get pretty textured and they did go a little bit orange in colour, but it didn't take long for more clouds to blew over and ruin it.



Just a few minutes later and after a bit of walking around, I was shocked to see that it wasn't over yet. I was at the cliff edge, feeling like I was at the edge of the Earth. The views were amazing, so I kept the camera out. I had found the perfect rocks and a nice, little island to take more photos of. Then, the bottom of the clouds turned fire red. Every time I looked up from my camera, it got even more amazing. It was the second best sunset of the year and I was capturing it!




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