Lichens, Rocks and Waves

22 Aug

1   There were lichens galore on our walk around Botallack Mine and the cliff tops today. They are so varied and so beautiful.

Feathery lichen

Mixed lichen

Glorious lichen

2   Tin and copper have been mined here for hundreds of years The historian John Norden wrote of the fact that the hamlet of ‘Botallock‘ was ‘a little hamlet on the coaste of Irishe sea most visited with tinners, where they lodge and feede, being nere theyre mynes’ in 1590 and there is evidence all around of rocks and minerals, layers of red, green, black, brown. I found this beautiful shiny purple bit in a wall. Does anyone know what it is?

Purple mineral in the rock

Botallack Crowns

Beautiful rock

Red rock

3   The only humans around, we sat high up on the cliffs and watched and listened to the waves, the sea birds, and a kestrel hunting.

Waves crashing onto the rocks below

Perched atop the cliffs

Blowing in the wind

A Ginger Fairing ice-cream finished off the beautiful day rather well!

Ginger Fairing ice-cream

This last is just for a laugh and was found in a treasure of a shop in St Just. We followed this very good advice!


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21 responses to “Lichens, Rocks and Waves

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    August 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Ginger ice cream? How MAGNIFICENT! I remember a shop once selling licorice ice cream, which I adored, but then they stopped.

    The purple in the rock, it just stuns me how a big brown rock can contain such a glory. And the glorious lichen… Sigh, can almost breathe that freshness 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 24, 2012 at 11:46 am

      Ginger BISCUIT ice-cream! Even better because there’s the gingeriness (which I love) combined with the crunch of the biscuit and then the creaminess of a good Cornish ice-cream! It really was the best ice-cream I’ve ever had!
      It really was a brilliant day out! 🙂

  2. thoughtsfromanamericanwoman

    August 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Beautiful shore line! Not to mention that last picture of the sign…words out of my own heart!! LOL Blessings

  3. hemouse

    August 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

    The purple mineral?Is it call purple crystal?

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 23, 2012 at 6:27 am

      I don’t know. I’ve tried to look it up but not yet been successful. Thank you for your help. 🙂

  4. valeriedavies

    August 23, 2012 at 3:18 am

    what an idyllic place, and day… I’m falling into the trap of counting your blessings, instead of my own!

  5. ewehouse

    August 23, 2012 at 2:25 am

    So fascinating and breathtaking!! I googled ‘purple mineral on rocks’ out of curiosity and came to this link Maybe it’s ‘Erythrite’ or ‘fluorite’ or one of the other ‘-ites’…

  6. Androgoth

    August 23, 2012 at 12:29 am

    I could just enjoy that ice cream 🙂
    Hey sorry for not getting in to read
    your blogs, I will try later today, I
    have been missing loads of yours
    so i must try doing better 🙂 🙂

    Have a wicked Thursday MBT 🙂

    Androgoth Xx

  7. mixedupmeme

    August 22, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I love visiting your blog too. Those photos when I see them full screen are fabulous. You are wonderful at catching the beautiful things of nature. I liked the one with the shoes showing. lol

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 23, 2012 at 1:13 pm

      Me too! I felt as if I were about to fly off! 🙂 So glad you like my photos 🙂

  8. greenmackenzie

    August 22, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    What a lovely post…. It looks like my perfect sort of day….and the ice-cream looks divine:-)

  9. niasunset

    August 22, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    WOW! I felt the wind… you captured so beautiful photographs… you are amazing dear Sally, Thank you, love, nia

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

      So glad you liked that photo. I was so pleased when I saw my shadow with my hair all over the place and finally got the photo I liked!
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments, dear Nia 🙂

  10. Choc Chip Uru

    August 22, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    What a wonderful visit my friend – lovely scenery and nature with a perfect ice cream to top bathe day with 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  11. Don

    August 22, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Just a beautiful post – fascinated by your images of the different kinds of lichen, and then the sea. There’s something so special about the Cornish coastline. Enjoyed the post immensely.

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 22, 2012 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much. I enjoyed the day and putting the post together so it’s lovely to hear your appreciation! 🙂

  12. Shelagh

    August 22, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Wonderful! so enjoyed my first visit to Botallack in May. Hope to go back again. Love the sign.


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