Totland Pier

Isle of Wight, Landscape Photography

Totland Bay Pier was completed in 1880, with a small shelter at the pier head and a small amusement arcade at the shore side. It is a 450ft (137m) long cast-iron girder construction. The funds to build it were raised by the nearby Totland Hotel which has since been demolished. During the Victorian era it was used to allow paddle steamers to dock, enabling tourists to visit the area.


Totland Pier

Sadly the bulk of the pier has now become derelict and closed to the public, but a nice little cafe has replaced the arcade shore side, and I had coffee there on a bench outside. The last time I visited here was back in the ealy 1990s, and an artist had bought it and used it as his studio. The pier aside, I really like the green-cloaked rocks on the beach.


Copyright: Peter Hillman
Camera used: Nikon D7200
Date taken: 5th September 2019
Place: Totland, Isle of Wight, England


Not of This World …

Isle of Wight, Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Places

Alum Bay

… ah,  but it is … on the third rock from the sun, planet Earth.

Alum Bay

Alum Bay on the Isle of Wight is quite famous for its different coloured sands, and a craft tourist industry has grown up around it since early Victorian times.

Alum Bay

Here are cliffs of sand of varying hues. The sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions, and look great layered in shaped glass ornaments. There are usually 21 shades of sand available.

Alum Bay

Turning your head away from these magnificent cliffs towards the sea and you will see the Needles as featured in the previous post.

Alum Bay

Alum Bay

September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Turnstone

Animals, Animals (Vertebrates), Birds, Coast, Isle of Wight, Nature Photography, Photography, Places, Wildlife Photography

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Also called the Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres), this was another first for me. There were many of these little birds on the seashore bulldozing the seaweed out of their way with their heads in search of invertebrates hiding underneath it.

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Turnstone Arenaria interpres

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

 

When The Tide Goes Out

Animals, Animals (Vertebrates), Birds, Coast, Isle of Wight, Nature Photography, Photography, Places, Wildlife Photography

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

When the tide goes out to reveal shallow pools and masses of clumped seaweed it is time for the waders to come and feed.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

This Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) does an odd little dance to agitate the water to stir up small fish and invertebrates on which it feeds.

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

Little Egret Egretta garzetta

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East Cowes, Isle of Wight. September 2019 © Pete Hillman.

Keeping Balance

Isle of Wight, Landscape Photography, Photography, Places, Shanklin

Shanklin Beach

On a stroll across a quieter section of beach where the tide had gone out I came across this little arrangement of rocks. They kind of reminded me of the remains of a prehistoric cairn, although this is most likely child’s play.


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Shanklin Beach, Isle of Wight, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

Mysterious Sea Mist

Elements, Isle of Wight, Landscape Photography, Mist, Photography, Places, Shanklin

Sea Mist From Luccombe Bay

This mysterious sea mist drifted in from Luccombe Bay. As soon as it appeared it disappeared. Memories of John Carpenter’s ‘The Fog’ came to mind. It had quite an eerie quality to it.


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Isle of Wight, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

Pots

Isle of Wight, Photography, Places, Shanklin

Rylstone Manor Hotel Shanklin

Something a bit different here, I know. I have a thing about ornate chimney pots, and couldn’t help but feature these here. They are from Rylstone Manor Hotel at Shanklin, but a stone’s throw from Shanklin Chine and set in beautiful gardens. Rylstone Manor was originally built as a gentleman’s residence in 1863 and remained a private residence until 1923. The Manor is of Victorian proportion and incorporates a blend of Gothic, Tudor and Georgian influences. I only took photos of the chimney pots for there was a dark SUV parked out the front of the main buildingt and the image just would not have worked.

Rylstone Manor Hotel Shanklin

I was quite taken how much detail and artistry was put into these tall chimney pots, and how varied the patterning was. They may have had a red glaze on them at sometime in the distant past.

Rylstone Manor Hotel Shanklin

Rylstone Manor Hotel Shanklin


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Isle of Wight, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

As The Sun Sets

Isle of Wight, Landscape Photography, Photography, Places, Shanklin

Shanklin

This photo was taken during a pleasant evening’s walk along Keats Green at Shanklin. In the distance, across Sandown Bay, we can see the white chalk cliffs of Culver Down. We can just make out a tall edifice on its top. It is called the Yarborough Monument, erected in memory to Charles Anderson-Pelham, the 2nd Baron Yarborough (later first Earl of Yarborough and also Baron Worsley), founder of the Royal Yacht Squadron at Cowes.


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Isle of Wight, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

Coming In To Land

Animals, Animals (Vertebrates), Birds, Coast, Isle of Wight, Nature Photography, Places, Shanklin, Wildlife Photography

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Juvenille

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Juvenille

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Juvenille

Herring Gull Larus argentatus Juvenille

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Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) juvenille, Shanklin Beach, Isle of White, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

Spot The Little Fishy

Animals, Animals (Vertebrates), Coast, Fish, Isle of Wight, Nature Photography, Photography, Places, Rockpools, Shanklin, Wildlife Photography

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

I believe these are Shanny (Lipophrys pholis), also called Blenny. As the tide pulled out it left these crystal clear pools of water and in them they teemed with these young fish which moved nimbly through the shallow water. They are so well adapted to their environment you would hardly notice them until they moved.

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

Shanny Lipophrys pholis

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Shanklin Beach, Isle of White, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.

Underwater

Abstract, Algae, Coast, Isle of Wight, Nature Photography, Photography, Places, Rockpools, Seaweeds, Shanklin, Wildlife Photography

Gutweed Ulva intestinalis

I love how the sunlight sparkles and shimmers within the rippling movement of the waters on the coast. These are abstract worlds which I would like to glimpse more often than I do, full of the richness of life and wonder. These images feature what I believe is a seaweed called Gutweed (Ulva intestinalis).

Gutweed Ulva intestinalis

Gutweed Ulva intestinalis

Gutweed Ulva intestinalis

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Shanklin Beach, Isle of White, England, August 2018 © Pete Hillman.