Windblown poppy; Newquay, Cornwall; 11 Sept 2013.

I like Newquay.  It is cheap, tatty and unpretentious, and there are so many establishments offering Full English Breakfasts that I could probably stay there for a whole month and eat in a different one each day.  That said, I have the strong suspicion that most of these repasts would be of the pallid and rather tasteless variety but, still, anywhere with this number of breakfasts on offer can’t be all bad.

And, with its famous Fistral Beach facing out into the Atlantic’s rollers,  this little town is a mecca for UK surfers – as well as being the pub, nightclub and “booze / drug yourself silly” capital of the west for youngsters intent upon a good time that they may not remember too much about.

We had a couple of dry days on our short break, but the westerly wind blew throughout and the great white waves smashed into the cliffs and headlands – not that we are in any way surfers, mind!  For a start I can’t swim, and neither of us are at all into such energetic activities. 

There was a ragged flowerbed in front of some kind of religious building sandwiched in between the Houses Of Hedonism along the main drag, and the gusting westerly was sending the flowers in all directions. The waving poppies stood out from the rest, and a quarter of a second at F29 gave this pale and Impressionistic result.

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Technique: D800 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 300mm; 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.

13 Responses to ARCHIVE 541 – WINDBLOWN

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Love this experiment, Adrian. This and many other posts of yours would make a lovely book on their own – image on the right, text in a small square to the left, lots of white space around the text. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Thank you, Lynn. You know, that’s a very appealing book format that you describe, I can see that working very well. I used to do a large Blurb book more or less annually, but they’re quite a lot of work and I seem to be slowing down somewhat – and of course covid hasn’t helped either. But I’ll keep your format in mind – thank you. 🙂


    • Adrian Lewis says:

      OR >>> what about a BLACK page on the left, either with (a) a white square containing the black text, or (b) simply a square of white text????? What do you think??? 🙂


  2. Janet says:

    Love this! ❤


  3. krikitarts says:

    There’s this little voice that says, “Put that Iron Butterfly thing on the stereo and look at this while you listen, and contemplate these petals with the metal.”


  4. From one nonswimmer to another: Adrian, I went, “ooooooo” when I saw this photo. I like it very much. Tell the wind thank you for me. (But mostly thank you.)


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