The West Coast of Isle of Wight is a wonderful and peaceful landscape with an area called THE Needles.. -- well in Winter it is.. apparently in Summer it is filled with damn tourists.. Thats a Tea room on top of the cliffs - One wonders how long it will before its declared out of bounds- especially as one can see a fresh landslide on the bottom of the cliff
This iconic shot reflects back in history- connected to one of the "Wonders of Britain" - linked to rocket development and of course wonderful walks..
Wikki is always a great reference
"The Needles is a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea off the western extremity of the Isle of Wight, England, close to Alum Bay. The Needles lighthouse stands at the end of the formation. Built in 1859, it has been automated since 1994.
The formation takes its name from a fourth needle-shaped pillar called Lot's Wife that collapsed in a storm in 1764. The remaining rocks are not at all needle-like, but the name has stuck.
The Needles were featured on the 2005 TV programme Seven Natural Wonders as one of the wonders of Southern England
The Needles were a site of a long standing artillery battery, from the 1860s to 1954, when they were eventually decommissioned.
A nearby site on High Down was employed in the testing of rockets for the British ICBM program. The headland at High Down was used for Black Knight and Black Arrow rocket engine tests from 1956–71. During the peak of activity in the early 1960s some 240 people worked at the complex, while the rockets were built in nearby East Cowes. These rockets were later used to launch the Prospero X-3 satellite. The site is now owned by the National Trust, and is open to the public. Concrete installations remain, but the buildings that were less durable have either been demolished or were torn down by the elements.
In 1982, HRH Prince Charles officially opened the restored Needles Old Battery facility. Underground rocket testing rooms are currently being restored for exhibition. The first phase of restoration was completed in 2004.
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emka (58140) 2013-01-08 13:37
today we are neighboures. i mpressive view of this nature wonder. Strange that the rocks are formed along a line. The sea in winter looks rather angry. I like this small lighthouse on the end of the Needles. Must be fun to have tea about these cliffs.
nikkitta (5862) 2013-01-08 18:14
Hola Rich, my special friend from England
So very British to have a tea room at the top of the cliff, did you drink it or rather whisky?
Good capture with great POV to show all those white stones, similar color with Dover, am I right?
Like also the soft and changing color of the sea
Wish you the best in the incoming 2013
Almost forget to congratulate you for the inclusion of the red lighthouse
CLODO (24726) 2013-01-09 0:37
a good view of the famous cliffs and small islands lighted by a pale sunshine, attacked by the waves. The sky line seems tilted and curved.
willperrett (2955) 2013-01-09 1:57
Interesting light on this brisk and windy day. Good framing and composition. The line of breakers in the middle distance mark the notorious Shingles Bank which has claimed many an unwary seafarer. The western approach to the Solent is between the Shingles and the Needles, so as you can see, especially at night and in a big sea, it's quite tricky. I've got the teeshirt myself!
tyro (13073) 2013-01-09 2:30
This is a very fine photograph - and a very interesting note too. And even more interesting looking at Will's comments about these treacherous waters off the Isle of Wight.
Gorgeous light on the ragged chalk rocks and well composed too with the line of the Shingles Bank nicely dividing the sea. Lovely colours, fine light, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Interesting too to see that you took this on the afternoon of Christmas Day when most of us were nursing bellies too full of turkey and Christmas pud!
P.S. Have a Wonderful New Year!
saxo042 (31800) 2013-01-09 7:09
A very good picture and a very interesting geological formation. I had to check the Google satellite view, you must have been at 50.662955,-1.583798 to get this picture. I like the diagonal rocks and the red lighthouse at the tip. The white froth on the water also adds interest to the picture.
ikeharel (37316) 2013-01-09 8:11
Good evening Richard,
Nature made a precise work carving the 4 needles-rocks at sea, and arranged it on a strait line to open sea.
Fabulous view from the near cliff, fine clarity and light managed.
Kielia (20445) 2013-01-09 8:57
excellently composed impression of a fantastic seascape in a moody light! You have chosen a very well working POV on this fascinating place. It is really a wonderful sight. My compliments also for the interesting note!
romanaa (7372) 2013-01-15 9:50
another one proving that the light is the key to a good picture. Perfect composition in greyish tones,
- Copyright: Rich Beghin (Ricx) (13435)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-12-25
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Cannon EOS 5D digital, Canon 24-70 2.8L USM
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-08 13:19