In almost any weather and at any state of the tide Hartland Quay is a fantastic place to visit; near high tide during a winter Atlantic storm it is exceptional.
It is very hard to imagine that this was once a working quay; until its destruction just over 100 years ago ships have accessed the quay via this bay since the time of Henry VIII. This must present a serious navigational challenge, as this is one of the least likely locations for a harbour you will ever see. I cannot recall a single time that I have visited Hartland Quay when the sea has been anything approaching what could be described as ‘calm’.
This image looks across the small bay to the rocks below Warren Cliff and Dyer’s Lookout, and on to Gull Rock (one of many on the Culm Coast) below Damehole Point. The powerful draw on the wave almost makes the sea look curved as if the image was shot through a fisheye lens.
Something I have been very conscious of whilst out photographing these winter storms is the huge numbers of seagulls that can be seen everywhere, flying in front of the breaking waves. I can only imagine that they do this because stunned fish are flung out but I am open to other suggestions.