Sidmouth in a different light

There was a bit of a chill in the air in Sidmouth yesterday, and  taking photos with gloves on isn’t the easiest way. But I parked and went east, barely looking towards the sea until I got to the cliff.

This area calls itself the beginning of our Jurassic coast, but the stone is in fact even earlier, Triassic sandstone, and a mile or so further east, the cliff changes to chalk, towards Beer on the horizon. I was looking to see if there has been any further erosion.

Then I turned back towards the west and the low winter sun.

I was immediately stuck by the pink line that looked like a sand bar. It isn’t, just the sun sliding through low clouds.

I walked the length of the seafront, mesmerised.

The sky became increasingly dramatic.

I snapped away happily and stared, probably with my mouth open.

The view was lovely right to the end of the path. My hands were frozen by then, so I found shelter, and tomato and paprika soup in my favourite sea front café, Mocha. I even got the best seat, in the corner with a high stool by the window.

I didn’t edit these photos, except to make them smaller, and they don’t quite show the vibrant colours, so I’ll have to leave it to your imagination.



26 thoughts on “Sidmouth in a different light

  1. Wow, these are gorgeous, Gilly. Wish I could have been there to see it with my own eyes. The sea always fascinates me. And that little “snack” you had sounds good too. Great kick-off to the new year.

  2. Lovely shots of Sidmouth! Happy new year to you too! We are staying in Lyme Regis so may pop along the coast to see the sandstone cliffs definitely plan to go to see the chalk cliffs at Beer!

  3. You might as well beat me with a cat-o’-nine-tails and be done with the torture! You all seem bent on reminding me of the sea when I’m far from my own particular patch of it. That said, the photos are wonderful (or they wouldn’t torture me), especially that line of light and the fingers of god. A good way to begin the year

  4. What a wonderful view through your lens Gilly, very painterly with the luminous light. The cliffs going back to the Triassic period put a whole new view on landscape continuity. Have you ever found any of those wonderful fossils? Best wishes to you in 2017.

  5. Gorgeous views Gilly. Wish I could have been walking with you. And sharing the tomato and paprika soup! Your waves look very gentle on the south coast.

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