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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 | 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 | Merchant seafarer's war memorial 2 mono

Merchant seafarer's war memorial 2 mono

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_8031a
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 | 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 | Sennen cove breakwater

Sennen cove breakwater

The breakwater at Sennen Cove, Cornwall takes a battering as the winds combine with incoming tide.
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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | Lifeboat jump

Lifeboat jump

RNLB RIB Pride of Leicester B788 based at Staithes jumping the wake from another lifeboat.
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 | The crab pots

The crab pots

Seen at Skipool Creek this old and possibly somewhat past its best crab pot sits high and dry.
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 | 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 | 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 | Landing the catch

Landing the catch

The Celtic Spirit lands its catch of crabs at New Quay harbour in Wales. How much fresher do you want
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 | 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 | 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 | You let me down

You let me down

A composite image from multiple original files of mine. Mixing an abandoned lighthouse with the Seafarer's Memorial to give an intriguing, slightly sad effect.
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 | Hand in hand

Hand in hand

A couple enjoy a hand in hand stroll along the front at New Brighton on a bright, sunny day.
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 2

Seatruck Panorama 2

Leaving Liverpool docks and just passing a row of dockside cranes Seatruck Panorama is seen here pushing its way through some wind whipped wave son its way to Ireland.
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 | Welcome to New Brighton

Welcome to New Brighton

This larger than life statue greets visitors to the seaside town of New Brighton.
Steve Stamford | Abandon ship

Abandon ship

A forgotten wooden boat left to rot almost seems as if it is wanting to keep maybe just a little bit in touch with the sea. Watch House Bay, Barry Island, Wales. Please note this image has been processed to reflect the dereliction of the subject and as such has grain / noise / grittyness.
Steve Stamford | Ebb tide

Ebb tide

A forgotten wooden boat left to rot almost seems as if it is wanting to keep maybe just a little bit in touch with the sea. Watch House Bay, Barry Island, Wales. DSD_8083a