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Around the coast

Steve Stamford | Footprints in the sand -  portrait

Footprints in the sand - portrait

A track of footprints in the sand, blue sky, blue sea.
Steve Stamford | Driftwood

Driftwood

A large piece of driftwood on LLanddwyn Island, Anglesey, Wales.
Steve Stamford | Humber bridge twilight

Humber bridge twilight

A view of the Humber bridge by twilight. Persistent rain gave the lights a series of 'twinkles' and long exposure smoothed the water.
Steve Stamford | Stormy seascape

Stormy seascape

Seascape with brooding sky and lightning
Steve Stamford | Blackpool tower

Blackpool tower

Top section of the Blackpool Tower, Lancashire showing the 'Skywalk' or 'Blackpool Eye' - a glass fronted and floored observation platform where ony the brave dare to tread.
Steve Stamford | Ferris wheel 2

Ferris wheel 2

An ever popular ride the ferris wheel, also known as a big wheel offers riders a brief chance to see things from above. Possibly the most famous big wheel is the London Eye, but several other portable big wheels tour the country as mobile attractions.
Steve Stamford | Lighthouse at Penmon

Lighthouse at Penmon

Trwyn Du - also known as Black Point lighthouse gaurds shipping from the rocks at Penmon. Just to the right of this image is Puffin Island.
Steve Stamford | Wellington Bowl

Wellington Bowl

Great Yarmouth seafront - Wellington pier taken early evening.
Steve Stamford | Beach play time

Beach play time

A bright blue bucket and spade on the beach.
Steve Stamford | Merchant seafarer's war memorial 1

Merchant seafarer's war memorial 1

This is the Merchant Seafarer's War Memorial situated at Britannia Quay, Cardiff Bay, Wales. The artist is Brian Fell and it is in memory of the merchant seafarers from the ports of Barry Penarth and Cardiff who died in time of war. Commissioned in 1994 by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust it comprises a melding together of a man's face and the damaged hull of a ship. DSD_8170
Steve Stamford | Central Pier Blackpool

Central Pier Blackpool

The kaleidoscope effect on the big wheel on Blackpool central pier. This is caused by a long exposure capturing the ever-changing light pattern on both the wheel and the Blackpool Tower leading to the image you see here.
Steve Stamford | Blackpool tram

Blackpool tram

One of several decorated and illuminated trams - this one as a western style locomotive complete with following carriage. Blackpool is a major UK tourist destination and the light show attracts many thousands of visitors each year. Look closely at the front and you can just make out the driver.
Steve Stamford | Calm Roker

Calm Roker

Roker is famous for its lighthouse and rather long pier. Seen here on a calm day the smoothness of water has been enhanced by the use of a long shutter speed. This image is also available as a 3:1 panoramic.
Steve Stamford | Calm Roker panoramic

Calm Roker panoramic

Roker is famous for its lighthouse and rather long pier. Seen here on a calm day the smoothness of water has been enhanced by the use of a long shutter speed. This image is also available as a more normal landscape orientation.
Steve Stamford | Roker golden hour

Roker golden hour

As the sun slowly sets the golden hour sunlight enhances the natural colours of Roker Pier and lighthouse.
Steve Stamford | Fishing line

Fishing line

The old breakwater at Seaham harbour long ago lost its railings so was closed to the public. These fishermen belong to a private club and I guess one of the conditions must surely be 'at your own risk'. Lacking my ND filter this is a 3 shot merge to blend the calmer portions of sea together.
Steve Stamford | Pebbles at Roker

Pebbles at Roker

As the sun slowly sets the golden hour sunlight enhances the natural colours of Roker Pier and lighthouse, the sea is calm and the freshly washed stones of the beach add foreground interest.
Steve Stamford | Roker pier

Roker pier

At the turning of the tide and as the sun slowly sets the golden hour sunlight enhances the natural colours of Roker Pier and lighthouse.
Steve Stamford | Roker pier 2

Roker pier 2

Reaching 2,000 feet out into the sea Roker Pier is seen here in the afternoon sunlight. Forming a safe way into Sunderland harbour the entire construction of pier and lighthouse was completed in 1903.
Steve Stamford | Bournemouth Pier 1

Bournemouth Pier 1

Bournemouth is a seaside town on the south coast of England. The pier was opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880 and was at that time 838 feet long. Two extensions in 1894 and 1909 saw this reach 1,000 feet.
Steve Stamford | Bournemouth Pier 2

Bournemouth Pier 2

Bournemouth is a seaside town on the south coast of England. The pier was opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880 and was at that time 838 feet long. Two extensions in 1894 and 1909 saw this reach 1,000 feet.
Steve Stamford | Bournemouth Pier 3

Bournemouth Pier 3

Bournemouth is a seaside town on the south coast of England. The pier was opened by the Lord Mayor of London in 1880 and was at that time 838 feet long. Two extensions in 1894 and 1909 saw this reach 1,000 feet.
Steve Stamford | Atlantic splash

Atlantic splash

Here we see one of several now abandoned cranes at Portland on the Dorset coast of England. Stone from here has been used in formal buildings far and wide including the UK Houses of Parliament and the UN Headquarters.
Steve Stamford | Trefusis GY242 at Glasson Dock

Trefusis GY242 at Glasson Dock

Trefusis was a trawler and is now moored at Glasson Dock which marks the end of the Lancaster Canal as it reaches the river Lune. The dock is still in use both commercially and for pleasure craft alike, the boat is in private ownership.
Steve Stamford | Drop the anchor

Drop the anchor

A rusty chain leads down into the blue green waters of New Quay harbour and the shadow of a small boat.
Steve Stamford | Lobster pots

Lobster pots

These lobster / crab pots seem very new, perhaps waiting for their first outing. Seen here at New Quay, Wales.
Steve Stamford | Mumbles old lifeboat station

Mumbles old lifeboat station

This is the now disused lifeboat station at Mumbles in Wales, left vacant after the RNLI moved to their new base just a few yards away. As ever with these things plans are afoot to re-develop. In this image it is home to countless gulls nesting.
Steve Stamford | Vita Nova 3

Vita Nova 3

The Vita Nova (new life) - Z588 started life as a Belgian trawler in 1967. She subsequently spent some time in Ireland before being de-commissioned and bought by a family to live on. It came to grief, being washed ashore in the winter of 2014/15 and has been slowly decaying ever since.
Steve Stamford | Piel Island panoramic

Piel Island panoramic

A view of Piel Island at Barrow in Furness as seen from South Walney.
Steve Stamford | Portland Bill 2

Portland Bill 2

Portland Bill is one of many lighthouses on the UK. Its four flash every twenty seconds and distinctive red and white candy stripe has been aiding navigation since 1906 and remains active today. At a height of 135 feet it can been seen for around 25 nautical miles.
Steve Stamford | Cleethorpes rock

Cleethorpes rock

A bright and colourful selection of seaside rock from Cleethorpes in the UK.
Steve Stamford | Whitby jaw bones

Whitby jaw bones

Possibly the most famous landmark in Whitby the Whitby jaw bones - otherwise known as the Jaw Bones of Whitney. These are real whale jaw bones, given to the town in 2002 to replace the much older, and sadly worse for wear 1963 originals. In the distance is St Mary's church and part of Whitby Abbey ruins.
Steve Stamford | Merchant seafarer's war memorial 2

Merchant seafarer's war memorial 2

This is the Merchant Seafarer's War Memorial situated at Britannia Quay, Cardiff Bay, Wales. The artist is Brian Fell and it is in memory of the merchant seafarers from the ports of Barry Penarth and Cardiff who died in time of war. Commissioned in 1994 by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust it comprises a melding together of a man's face and the damaged hull of a ship. DSD_8031
Steve Stamford | Footprints in the sand - landscape

Footprints in the sand - landscape

A track of footprints in the sand, blue sky, blue sea.
Steve Stamford | Stena Nordica

Stena Nordica

On the regular run between Liverpool and Ireland the Nordica is seen here pushing its way through the waves past Perch Rock on a blustery summer day.
Steve Stamford | New Brighton benches 2

New Brighton benches 2

These lovely bright and colourful benches can be found along the front at New Brighton. Many of them have commemorative plaques for relatives.
Steve Stamford | New Brighton benches 1

New Brighton benches 1

These lovely bright and colourful benches can be found along the front at New Brighton. Many of them have commemorative plaques for relatives.
Steve Stamford | Unnamed wreck portrait

Unnamed wreck portrait

At Dulas on Anglesey in Wales there is an expansive area that dries out at low tide and this abandoned ship sits, slowly rotting. Despite many hours (and several friends) trying to find out what it was called it remains, to me at least - the unnamed wreck.
Steve Stamford | Blackpool seafront

Blackpool seafront

A view along the Blackpool seafront looking towards the North Pier.
Steve Stamford | Blackpool tower lights

Blackpool tower lights

The iconic Blackpool Tower in one of its many light show phases. A couple and their dog stop to admire it.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven old watchtower

Whitehaven old watchtower

Dating back to the 1730s and often mistaken for a lighthouse the building you see here is actually a watchtower to literally watch over the sea and approaching vessels.
Steve Stamford | Welcome to Whitehaven

Welcome to Whitehaven

A small sailing vessel makes its way into the harbour, passing the iconic Whitehaven lighthouse to safety.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven harbour wall

Whitehaven harbour wall

Whitehaven is a delightful seaside town in West Cumbria and has a large, well kept harbour - home to many pleasure craft both large and small.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven anchor

Whitehaven anchor

Above the harbour at Whitehaven this anchor serves as a reminder of more commercial days.
Steve Stamford | Holyhead breakwater

Holyhead breakwater

At around 1.7 miles long Holyhead breakwater is the largest in the UK. Taking over 28 years to complete and making use of shaped 10 ton limestone blocks its construction cost 40 lives. It even had its own railway until the 1980s which was used for maintenance and creates a safe haven of approximately 400 acres.
Steve Stamford | Holyhead breakwater and lighthouse

Holyhead breakwater and lighthouse

At around 1.7 miles long Holyhead breakwater is the largest in the UK. Taking over 28 years to complete and making use of shaped 10 ton limestone blocks its construction cost 40 lives. It even had its own railway until the 1980s which was used for maintenance and creates a safe haven of approximately 400 acres.
Steve Stamford | The boat winch colour

The boat winch colour

On the shores of the sea sits this long abandoned single cylinder boat winch once used to haul boats clear of high tide. In need of a little TLC. This image also available as a black and white.
Steve Stamford | The boardwalk portrait

The boardwalk portrait

This old boardwalk makes for a much easier path down to the water's edge than walking on the pebbles that make up the coast here.
Steve Stamford | The boardwalk landscape

The boardwalk landscape

This old boardwalk makes for a much easier path down to the water's edge than walking on the pebbles that make up the coast here.
Steve Stamford | The wobbly walk

The wobbly walk

When you build on a moving surface it is inevitable settlement will take place and this angle shows that off quite nicely.
Steve Stamford | View from Pennard Castle portrait

View from Pennard Castle portrait

Perched on the top of a valley and overlooking 3 Cliffs Bay in South Wales are the remains of Pennard Castle. To its north and west are the kind of sheer drop that would thwart even a goat, but sadly not sand. It seems the sand blowing up into and around the castle finally led to it being abandoned around the end of the 14th century. This image is also available as a square orientation.
Steve Stamford | View from Pennard Castle square

View from Pennard Castle square

Perched on the top of a valley and overlooking 3 Cliffs Bay in South Wales are the remains of Pennard Castle. To its north and west are the kind of sheer drop that would thwart even a goat, but sadly not sand. It seems the sand blowing up into and around the castle finally led to it being abandoned around the end of the 14th century. This image is also available as a portrait orientation.
Steve Stamford | Newquay harbour sunset

Newquay harbour sunset

The attractive harbour at Newquay, Cornwall is home to many small vessels, some seals and a great many tourists. An original image of mine with a sky replacement in Luminar AI
Steve Stamford | Sennen cove breakwater

Sennen cove breakwater

The breakwater at Sennen Cove, Cornwall takes a battering as the winds combine with incoming tide.
Steve Stamford | Sailing barge Cambria

Sailing barge Cambria

Seen here at Pin Mill I Suffolk the Cambria was the last British registered vessel to carry a commercial load entirely by sail. Built in 1906 she has undergone major restoration and now operates as a training vessel and enters barge races.
Steve Stamford | Stena Nordica 2

Stena Nordica 2

On the regular run between Liverpool and Ireland the Nordica is seen here pushing its way through the waves past the dockside cranes on a blustery summer day.
Steve Stamford | Seatruck Panorama

Seatruck Panorama

Leaving Liverpool docks and just passing Perch Rock lighthouse Seatruck Panorama is seen here pushing its way through some wind whipped wave son its way to Ireland.
Steve Stamford | Lifeboat jump

Lifeboat jump

RNLB RIB Pride of Leicester B788 based at Staithes jumping the wake from another lifeboat.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven lighthouse

Whitehaven lighthouse

One of a couple of lighthouses at Whitehaven this is the more traditional looking and is at the end of the harbour wall. A popular place to fish from or simply just walk to it is a welcome sight to sailors as it marks the entrance to the harbour.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven gun spike

Whitehaven gun spike

On 23rd April 1778 an attempt was made by the Americans to invade the UK at Whitehaven. A local man, John Paul Jones was coerced into 'spiking' the defensive guns to prevent their use but despite this and total confusion the invasion failed.
Steve Stamford | The gun spiker

The gun spiker

On 23rd April 1778 an attempt was made by the Americans to invade the UK at Whitehaven. A local man, John Paul Jones was coerced into 'spiking' the defensive guns to prevent their use but despite this and total confusion the invasion failed.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven capstan

Whitehaven capstan

Located on what is known as Sugar Tongue in the harbour at Whitehaven this statue bears a closer look as it has many smaller features including a mouse in the lad's pocket and a cluster of bats under the capstan itself.
Steve Stamford | Whitehaven boy on capstan

Whitehaven boy on capstan

Located on what is known as Sugar Tongue in the harbour at Whitehaven this statue bears a closer look as it has many smaller features including a mouse in the lad's pocket and a cluster of bats under the capstan itself.
Steve Stamford | Maryport disk

Maryport disk

This stainless steel disk representing many of the important aspects of Maryport, a small town in Cumbria, was unveiled in August 2018 and as you see here is illuminated at night from within.
Steve Stamford | Piel Island Castle

Piel Island Castle

On an island of approximately 50 acres sits the remains of Piel Castle. In the car of English Heritage it is no longer open to the public, however as you need to catch a small ferry to Piel Island where there is one pub and a few cottages it isn't exactly on the beaten track.
Steve Stamford | Forth rail bridge at night 2

Forth rail bridge at night 2

Night time image of the world famous Forth rail bridge. This image is taken from Queensferry.
Steve Stamford | Forth rail bridge at night 1

Forth rail bridge at night 1

Night time image of the world famous Forth rail bridge. This image is taken from Queensferry.
Steve Stamford | Steam trawler Sheraton

Steam trawler Sheraton

On the coast near Hunstanton, Norfolk rests the slowly decaying remains of the Sheraton. Built in 1907 she was requisitioned for both World Wars, finally in April 1947 she ended up beached here after breaking free of her moorings.
Steve Stamford | Porth Colman

Porth Colman

Porth Colman in Wales used to be used by coastal trading vessels that would tie up, wait for the tide to go out and the boat be aground, then unloaded / loaded. This situation was improved in 1913 when a mechanised system of pulleys and steam engine was introduced.
Steve Stamford | Mumbles old lifeboat station

Mumbles old lifeboat station

Mumbles on the Welsh coast is a lovely place to visit and whist I have no doubt the new lifeboat station offers a more suitable home to the current needs of the RNLI the old one still retains character and is far more photo worthy.
Steve Stamford | Whitford beach

Whitford beach

This beautiful beach is rarely if ever crowded as it does take rather a walk to get to.
Steve Stamford | Mumbles lighthouse

Mumbles lighthouse

The original lighthouse was completed in 1794 and featured a light from coal fires. Updated many times over the years it is now fully automated and benefits from a solar panel array to help act as a back up in the event of mains failure. Sky replacement from photoshop.
Steve Stamford | Bow Fiddle Rock

Bow Fiddle Rock

Along the Scottish coast you will find Bow Fiddle Rock, a formation where an arch exists in otherwise solid rock.
Steve Stamford | Bamburgh Lighthouse

Bamburgh Lighthouse

Built in 1910 and originally running on acetylene gas this is the most northern land based lighthouse in England. In 1975 it was converted to run on electricity and like the vast majority of UK lighthouses is now controlled remotely from Trinity House's office in Harwich.
Steve Stamford | Slains Castle 2

Slains Castle 2

Slains castle or to be more precise New Slains Castle. Popular rumour has it that the castle and in particular the octagonal room inspired and is featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Originally built in 1597 by Frances Hay, Earl of Erroll it has seen many troubled times and changes of owner. The last was Sir John Ellerman who to avoid taxes had the roof removed in 1925. It is a fascinating, if not rather dangerous place to explore as there are no safety rails or fences anywhere on site.
Steve Stamford | Slains Castle 5

Slains Castle 5

Slains castle or to be more precise New Slains Castle. Popular rumour has it that the castle and in particular the octagonal room inspired and is featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Originally built in 1597 by Frances Hay, Earl of Erroll it has seen many troubled times and changes of owner. The last was Sir John Ellerman who to avoid taxes had the roof removed in 1925. It is a fascinating, if not rather dangerous place to explore as there are no safety rails or fences anywhere on site.
Steve Stamford | Slains Castle 3

Slains Castle 3

Slains castle or to be more precise New Slains Castle. Popular rumour has it that the castle and in particular the octagonal room inspired and is featured in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Originally built in 1597 by Frances Hay, Earl of Erroll it has seen many troubled times and changes of owner. The last was Sir John Ellerman who to avoid taxes had the roof removed in 1925. It is a fascinating, if not rather dangerous place to explore as there are no safety rails or fences anywhere on site.
Steve Stamford | Kinnaird Lighthouses

Kinnaird Lighthouses

Kinnaird is unique for making use of an existing structure. In 1787 the tower was simply added to an existing building though subsequently redisgned and upgraded in 1824. The original was decommissioned in 1991, is now part of the lighthouse museum and is open to visitors whilst the newer lighthouse is the tower you see here on the left. This is a composite of my image and a replacement sky.
Steve Stamford | Bow Fiddle Rock and cave

Bow Fiddle Rock and cave

Along the Scottish coast you will find Bow Fiddle Rock, a formation where an arch exists in otherwise solid rock.
Steve Stamford | Mooring point

Mooring point

This wonderfully colourful block and rope was found at Stonehaven harbour where it is still in service. The salt water environment has given rise to an overall coating of rust.
Steve Stamford | Sandsend steps

Sandsend steps

Sandsend is a small village between Whitby (seen here in the distance) and Staithes on the east coast of the UK. The steps here form part of the extensive sea defences.
Steve Stamford | Atlantic splash

Atlantic splash

Waves from the Atlantic crash onto rocks at Booby's Bay, Cornwall. Booby's Bay is near Padstow in Cornwall and whilst it has golden sands when the tide is out, when it comes in . . . .
Steve Stamford | Cadgwith Harbour

Cadgwith Harbour

Cadgwith is a lovely small fishing harbour on the Cornish coast that seems to have escaped being obliterated by tourism. The beach is all pebbles but the water is wonderfully clear and there are many places to jump off of rocks of assorted sizes into it.
Steve Stamford | Beached at Cadgwith

Beached at Cadgwith

Cadgwith is a lovely small fishing harbour on the Cornish coast that seems to have escaped being obliterated by tourism. The beach is all pebbles but the water is wonderfully clear and there are many places to jump off of rocks of assorted sizes into it.
Steve Stamford | Fishing boats at Cadgwith

Fishing boats at Cadgwith

Cadgwith is a lovely small fishing harbour on the Cornish coast that seems to have escaped being obliterated by tourism. The beach is all pebbles but the water is wonderfully clear and there are many places to jump off of rocks of assorted sizes into it.
Steve Stamford | Beach hut 167

Beach hut 167

A walk along Lowestoft seafront with a long row of brightly coloured beach hut doors - just too good not to photograph. With strong lead in lines, vibrant colours and the all important something to look at at the end courtesy of that black stencil 167 I just couldn't resist.
Steve Stamford | The hut and the chair

The hut and the chair

At the top of the beach at Bamburgh sits a lone beach hut and beside it a bench seat ideal for taking in the view.
Steve Stamford | Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway

Lynton and Lynmouth cliff railway

Dating back to 1890 and providing an easy route for pedestrians between Lynton (at the top) and Lynmouth (at the bottom) this cliff railway is entirely water powered.
Steve Stamford | Boscastle harbour

Boscastle harbour

The inner harbour at Boscastle on the Cornish coast offers safe haven for many small vessels.
Steve Stamford | At rest at Boscastle

At rest at Boscastle

The inner harbour at Boscastle on the Cornish coast offers safe haven for many small vessels.
Steve Stamford | Flamborough Head stack

Flamborough Head stack

This stack at Flamborough is all that remains of an arch after it collapsed, leaving just this pillar or stack of chalk.
Steve Stamford | Lee bay

Lee bay

Lee is a small village just outside Ilfracombe in Devonshire and the bay was well known for shipwrecks in years gone by.
Steve Stamford | Flamborough Head

Flamborough Head

The arch at Flamborough Head - where the bright white of the land meets the azure blue of the sea.
Steve Stamford | Flamborough Head arch

Flamborough Head arch

The arch at Flamborough Head - where the bright white of the land meets the azure blue of the sea. The tidal range can clearly be seen by the darker areas.
Steve Stamford | The arch at Flamborough Head

The arch at Flamborough Head

The arch at Flamborough Head - where the bright white of the land meets the azure blue of the sea. The tidal range can clearly be seen by the darker areas.