Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Herm Island: A view from the cliff

Hi! Here goes a selection of photos from the south of the island. As my previous post showed, Herm is covered in stunning beaches, but the south of the island rises up into cliff faces that, among many other types of bird, house the puffin nests that Herm is known for. I have managed to see puffins, although not to successfully photograph when they are so far away in the water!

The cliff path is the toughest walking section on the island but well worth it! If you were to start on the east side of the island heading away from Belvoir this is how you find the 'viewpoint' I have previously reffered to. I have now captured this at low tide clearly showing both Belvoir and Shell Beaches (click on the image to go to Flickr and see the larger version!)

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Here's a few pictures that give you an idea of how the path goes.

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Then you can also see down into little coves, inaccessible by land, one of which is puffin bay but I'm not sure which!

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These pictures have Sark Island in view over the water as you look out east but as you scoop round the bottom of the south end heading west you hit some steps...

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That bring you out to another favourite spot of mine where it opens out at what must be the south west tip of Herm where you can see Jethou Island and Guernsey further in the distance.

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The low sun in this picture really captures how I always see this spot on my walks after work!

Finally, before going full circle and getting back to the front of the island and the harbour beach you reach Rosiere Steps, this is where the ferry docks at low tide. You can see them on the left.

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And that is it! I've pretty much photographed every beauty spot on the island now... For those of you who know Herm well, have I missed anything?...

I'm still working on the inland stuff and I think I'll try a collection on fields and buildings next but you can't keep me away from the sea too long!

Until next time...


Saturday, 8 June 2013

Herm Island: The Beaches

Even though the weather was a bit windy and gloomy last night I went out to finish the photography for this blog post I had been planning about the beaches on Herm Island.

The first place I went to is a location I call 'viewpoint' and it's where, at low tide, you can clearly see both Belvoir and Shell beaches in the distance. Unfortunately last night was high tide so I need to revisit this shot!

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Viewpoint is actually located along the cliff path to the south of the island where there are enough views for a blog post of their own. However that path is not somewhere you want to be on these windy evenings so I turned back off the cliff path to get some better photos of Belvoir Bay.

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On the left you can just see the cafe and it's table's bright umbrellas. One of the two cafes where I work while I am here. The two beaches that have cafes are the ones on the east side of the island and they are preferred by beach goers because of the whiter sand than that found on the west side facing Guernsey. Belvoir Bay is then often preferred because it is mostly sheltered in it's cove shape (not so much today though!)

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Belvoir Bay at high tide.

The walk between Belvoir and Shell is my favourite on the island and I am so lucky to have to walk it most days. I love the way the beach of Shell seems to gently blur into the sea, bright white and bright blue and I remember how clear it was to see from Sark.

Here you can see my path to work!

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Closer to Shell you can now see the cafe and the kayaks for hire.

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I do spend a lot of time at Shell beach so, not taken last night, these panoramas show Shell at high tide...

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And low tide...

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You can see Sark in the distance.

So even though Shell and Belvoir are the beaches to be seen on Herm, they are not the only ones. On the west side the beaches are called Fisherman's and Bears and I found a great view location in the meadow to get them both in a picture.

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You can also see our neighbour island of Jethou and the edge of Guernsey in the distance.

And then the north of the island is also a beach called Mouisonniere but high tide makes this virtually disappear but I took this lovely image looking towards the north beaches.

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So those are my pictures along a beach theme... there is still so much to photograph here and thankfully I still have a few months to do it in!

Don't forget if you click one of my images to take you through to Flickr you can get a bigger look!