Grey Seal off the end of Smeatons Pier, St Ives, Cornwall; 21 Sept 2016.

We’ve just spent a few days in Hayle, down near the southwestern tip of Cornwall – and the English weather, always an uncertainty, has been good to us.  When in this part of the world, a visit to beautiful St Ives is always a treat, and especially so on a bright sunny day with the tide in – the colours and light are simply out of this world – maybe because St Ives is surrounded on two or three sides by the bright sea.

Good things about this image?  Well, it was the first time my wife had seen this creature in the wild, which was a huge plus.  We’ve never seen seals there before, and the newly erected warnings about feeding them may mean that, like gulls, crows, Foxes and many others, these denizens of wild coasts have also developed a liking for Man’s tasty titbits.  Certainly an incoming fishing boat threw him some welcome morsels, which were hastily gobbled up – but maybe a Cornish pasty might send him sinking down to the bottom!

And also, just look at the colour of that seawater – for someone brought up along the muddy shores of the Bristol Channel, these clear, emerald waters are beautiful beyond belief.

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Technique: X-T1 with 55-200 Fujinon lens at 305mm (equiv); 400 ISO.


About Adrian Lewis
Photographer - using mono, colour and combinations of the two - many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous, trying new ideas, working in multiple genres. And I've a weakness for Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

7 Responses to ARCHIVE 452 – GREY SEAL, ST IVES

  1. bluebrightly says:

    That seal’s expression, the gorgeous color of the water and the fond memory combine into bliss. 🙂


  2. krikitarts says:

    He’s lookin’ at you, kid!


  3. Although we have many seals and sea lions here in California, I have never seen a gray seal before. And that watercolor is amazing.


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      If you ever want to visit a truly beautiful place, I can recommend St Ives, in Cornwall, with two provisos. First that its a beautiful day – sun in a blue sky. Second, that the tide is in (not that, unlike in the Bristol Channel, it goes out far). 🙂


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