Cliffs of Alabaster coast
The highlight of any trip to Etretat is a walk along the clifftops to view the fabulous white cliffs with natural giant archways that reach out into the sea. Paths rise to the cliffs from the pebble beach. In high season, particularly July and August, these clifftop paths can be very busy.
Be very cautious when walking near to the edge of the cliffs, they can be fragile and dangerous due to erosion. If you walk along the beaches then do check tide times as walkers can become trapped by the rising tide.
Étretat, another 20km west towards Le Havre, is a very different kettle of fish to Fécamp. Here the alabaster cliffs are at their most spectacular – their arches, tunnels and the solitary "needle" will doubtless be familiar from tourist brochures – and the town itself has grown up simply as a pleasure resort. There isn't even a port of any kind: the seafront consists of a sweeping unbroken curve of concrete above a shingle beach.
Étretat is a very pretty little place. The old wooden market halles still dominate the main square, the ground floor now converted into souvenir shops, but the beams of the balcony and roof are bare and ancient. As soon as you step onto the beach you'll see the cliff formations to either side. To the west, on the Falaise d'Aval, a straightforward if precarious walk leads up the crumbling side of the cliff, with lush lawns and pastures to the inland side and German fortifications on the shore side extending to the point where the turf abruptly stops, occasionally ripped by the latest fall of cliff. From the windswept top you can see further rock formations and possibly even glimpse Le Havre, but the views back to the village sheltered in the valley, and the Falaise d'Amont on its eastern side – which Maupassant compared to an elephant dipping its trunk into the ocean – are what stick in the memory. The cliff itself presents an idyllic rural scene, with a gentle footpath winding up the green hillside to the little chapel of Notre-Dame. (Source: franceforvisitors)
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besnard (51826) 2012-09-14 2:04
Ce coin de France que je ne connais et que je découvre grâce à toi t'a permis de faire de très jolis clichés comme celui-ci.
Bravo et bonne journée.
snunney (78855) 2012-09-14 2:26
Superb plunging view on this fascinating rock formation with its many strata. Very well framed, whilst the people sat on the beach give an excellent sense of scale. Pleasant understated tones and very good sharpness. Nearly time for the weekend!
timecapturer (44525) 2012-09-14 3:04
another awesome shot of these cliffs. They are so amazing and again you have emphasised their magnificence perfectly here. Gorgeous emerald sea and wonderful textures make this so impressive. Excellent image!
Have a splendid weekend - regards Brian.
Sergiom (53863) 2012-09-14 4:51
Une belle plongée vers les falaises d'albâtre. Un cadrage saisissant et une belle netteté. J'aime aussi la couleur de l'eau.
JFS (32459) 2012-09-14 5:03
Impressive image George, impecable POV. Good work, as always.
Enjoy the WE!
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-09-14 5:14
Ola George ,
O ponto de visão e magnifico sobre esta falésia bem estreita , gostei do contraste com a agua bem verde , bom momento com a gaivota e as duas pessoas sentadas na areia , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
jlbrthnn (79791) 2012-09-14 6:25
The view is still spectacular and breathtaking. Give the people sitting across the cliffs. The quality is excellent. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Sonata11 (33117) 2012-09-14 9:00
This picture you were taken from high POV comes excellently and spectacular.vstriking beautiful photo of nature and daily life. Great management light, splendid coors, sharpness, wonderful clarity. An excellent photo job. I love it. My congratulation.
All the best,
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-09-14 12:49
This is a wonderful composition with interesting use of the diagonals. The elevated POV giving a birds eye view. You have captured great detail in the cliff face and the water and including the people on the beach helps to convey the scale. The icing on the cake is the stunning white bird beautifully placed
Thanks for sharing
Ninello52 (7477) 2012-09-14 13:01
Beautiful image made with style and personality! Beautiful color of the sea, well contrasted by the gray of rock and sand! The two people on the beach and seagull in flight give a touch of romance that softens the scene! Bravissimo!
Best regards, Nino.
bukitgolfb301 (34278) 2012-09-14 14:03
Hi dear George
Another great secnary shot. I admire your diversity of the subject very much. So tasteful and impressive breathtaking shot indeed. Nice high angle to the sea, seagel is a very good accent. Sharp and clear presentation as usual. Thanks for your shring with great posting and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo
carlo62 (26938) 2012-09-14 15:20
le tue composizioni sono sempre molto attente e particolareggiate, come in questa foto, dove hai avuto anche la fortuna e la bravura per poter includere anche il gabbiano bianco che contrasta con gli altri colori.
jjcordier (72680) 2012-09-14 22:33
Un bon cadrage en plongée et toujours ces tons d'image particuliers qui donnent de l'originalité à la photo.
emka (72344) 2012-09-14 23:54
Hi Geaorge, Is it the famous rock from other side? it seems a dangerous place, high on the cliffs and also down there because of tides. It looks like an elephant with trunk in the water, there is similar one in China. Amazing vertical walls. The white bird against the green water is a nice element here.
jhm (134540) 2012-09-15 1:02
We see clear the reliefs in the big rock through the much years ago the high water and much wind.
What a lovely panoramic view about these area.
Also good perspective and depth image.
Sharpness and clarity are wonderful.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
siamesa (27703) 2012-09-15 8:56
Bom dia ?George
This photo is impressive. The point of view is magnificent. I like that seagull flying. Excellent capture.
dkmurphys (45897) 2012-09-15 9:26
Very fine panorama with excellent colors. The presence of the seagull brings dynamics into the composition. Well done, enjoy a fine weekend.
npecanhuk (60246) 2012-09-15 15:50
Wondeful natural spot!
I love the presence of the flying bird and the color of the water! Is there a couple down there too?!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
Silvio1953 (115213) 2012-09-16 4:00
Ciao George, great POV on fantastic cliffs, splendid light, wonderful colors and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
bona (12201) 2012-09-17 11:36
great view. Love the gull flying ovwe this small beach. The depth is great as well as the place at all.
SWEETFREEDOM (21544) 2012-09-20 0:50
amazing cliffs. beautiful the water's colors.
AdrianWrobel (1686) 2013-07-11 8:25
Heil, ³adny moment tego klifu, podobaj± mi siê takie ekstramalne ujêcia. Pozdrawiam - Adrian
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-08-16
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-09-14 1:41