The Isles of Scilly, situated 30 miles off the southwest tip of Cornwall, form an area of outstanding natural beauty. An interesting feature of the landscape is the number of granite outcrops that take on the form of naturally sculpted mysterious creatures or characters.
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Whilst walking on the seashore last week, looking for anything unusual that might have been left behind by the ebbing tide, I became increasingly attracted to the pebbles themselves. In fact, it was a shingle beach so the pebbles were very small – the largest not more than 3cms across – and yet the variety of shapes, colours, textures and patterns was fascinating. How easy it is to overlook the familiar!
The lighthouse pictured is La Corbière, situated at the south west tip of the Isle of Jersey. The name means ‘a place where crows gather’, but the crows have long since been displaced by seagulls.
To the best of my knowledge this granite rock on St Agnes in the Isles of Scilly has no local name, but when I first saw it it became the ‘Mysterious Feline’, and so it has remained. I apologise for the quality of the image – it was edited during the first wave of enthusiasm after I acquired Photoshop 7. But I still feel the grittiness enhances the character. Maybe that’s just an excuse!
In my introduction to Scilly Rocks 1 I mentioned the extraordinary granite outcrops on the Isles of Scilly. This photo provides yet another example. I recommend that you click the above link and, indeed, look in on the related images. It is scarcely necessary to comment on the similarity of this rock formation to a giant tortoise.
In addition to their natural beauty and evidence of earlier cultures – such as the standing stone on Gugh and various cysts and burial chambers from the Bronze Age – the Isles have an air of mystery about them. Especially St Agnes. Granite outcrops suggest strange creatures from a fantasy or mythological world – giant lizards, serpents, turtles, birds of prey ……… You are never alone on St Agnes!