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The Isle of Wight is the largest Island in England (148 sq. miles)and just 2 miles from the south coast of Hampshire at its closest point. The stretch of water between the island and the mainland is the Solent. Much is chalk downland and designated an 'area of oustanding natural beauty'. At Alum Bay, on the western tip near the 'Needles' chalk rocks that loom out of the sea (please see WS) there are the famous multi-coloured cliffs composed of soft sands and clays. Geological folding has made the strata vertical. The wonderful colours are due to the presence of oxidised iron compounds.
The Isle of Wight was the home to the poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. Queen Victoria built Osborne House at East Cowes and it subsequently became a fashionable holiday resort for the Victorians. Cowes is a world famous centre for sailing and holds the 'Cowes Week' Regatta each year. Other famous yacht races include the Fastnet Race.
In the picture you can see the bay that is accessible by a chair lift. There is an amusement park on the top of the cliff. Fortunately, the walk (about 1 mile) from the park to the Needles is closed to virtually all traffic and a wonderful area to visit. This picture was taken on the walk back from the Needles looking East.

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  • Copyright: Ann Jackman (annjackman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1822 W: 0 N: 4741] (23019)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2011-09-18
  • Categories: Nature
  • Exposure: f/11, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2011-09-25 22:51
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