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St Agnes Head, Cornwall, a Colorful Explosion of Gorse and Heather

 St Agnes Head, Looking out to Sea

St Agnes Head, Looking out to Sea

St. Agnes Head along the northern coast of Cornwall is spectacularly beautiful.  When I was there in mid August, it was covered with heather and gorse.  The image above is taken from behind the National Coastwatch Station in St. Agnes Head.  The National Coastwatch, an entirely volunary organization, was formed in 1994 to keep "a visual watch along UK shores. Each station assists in the protection and preservation of life at sea and around the UK coastline."  The watchmen were very friendly and invited me into the station to see how they do their job and their bird's eye vantage point of the coastline.  They then suggested I follow the lower coast path taking care not to fall off it, as it would be there job to search for me.

 St. Agnes Head Heather and Gorse Patterns

St. Agnes Head Heather and Gorse Patterns

I am not sure that I have ever seen so much heather and gorse.  If I have, it was as a child when I lived in England.  This was truly amazing.  Everywhere I looked, the ground was covered with it and each view was different.  Below are close ups as well as shots of the heather and gorse near the cliff sides.  I was remarkably fortunate with the light as well, with near perfect conditions.  I kept saying "thank you, thank you" to mother nature for showing me such beauty.  It was healing to the soul. Words really cannot do justice to what I saw, so I will sign off.  There are old quarries and tin mine shafts along the walk as well.

 Heather and Gorse Close Up

Heather and Gorse Close Up

 St Agnes Head Coastline

St Agnes Head Coastline

 St. Agnes Head Heath and Coast with Spotlights on the Sea

St. Agnes Head Heath and Coast with Spotlights on the Sea

 St Agnes Head Vertical Wall of Heather

St Agnes Head Vertical Wall of Heather

 St. Agnes Head Heather and Gorse and Small Sea Stacks

St. Agnes Head Heather and Gorse and Small Sea Stacks

 St. Agnes Head Coast Walk

St. Agnes Head Coast Walk

 St. Agnes Head Explosion of Heather and Gorse by the Sea with Cliffs in the Distance

St. Agnes Head Explosion of Heather and Gorse by the Sea with Cliffs in the Distance

 St. Agnes Head, View of the Cliffs from the Coast Walk

St. Agnes Head, View of the Cliffs from the Coast Walk

 St. Agnes Head Rocky Coastline Near a Quarry

St. Agnes Head Rocky Coastline Near a Quarry

 St. Agnes Head near the Quarry and Old Tin Mine Shaft

St. Agnes Head near the Quarry and Old Tin Mine Shaft

 St. Agnes Head Old Quarry

St. Agnes Head Old Quarry

 St. Anges Head Closed Up Tin Mine Shaft

St. Anges Head Closed Up Tin Mine Shaft