Similar but Different – on The Cobb at Lyme Regis

The Power of the Sea

I took a trip west to Lyme Regis at the weekend and while I was there, I decided to try to capture some of the drama of the sea giving The Cobb a bit of a pounding. It had actually been a rather lovely day up to that point and did not seem overly windy but the sea conditions were still pretty rough. Unfortunately though, by the time I got there, I had missed the worst of it and I had to wait awhile for the bigger waves.

Stormy Seas

I had walked out onto The Cobb in the afternoon just as the sea was beginning to calm down a little and I thought I had finished so walked back into the town, only to notice some time later that there was a nice sunset building up. So I retraced my steps back out onto The Cobb again to take more pictures. Unfortunately by then though the sea had calmed down even more.

So I ended up with some nice ‘stormy’ sea pictures with somewhat flat light, and some nice sunset lit pictures with a somewhat flat sea 🙂 ! I had a great day though 🙂 !

On the Cobb
The Cobb at Sunset

Technically, what you see in the last two pictures is not the sunset but its reflection in the eastern sky because the breakwater faces in the wrong direction for the sunset. With these conditions though, you can see why the breakwater was built as it certainly protects the harbour.

The Cobb was built originally in the 14th century but it has been destroyed or severely damaged several times. The southerly part which you see in these pictures was added in the 17th century to provide additional protection. It is probably most famous for its appearance in the film, The French Lieutenant’s Woman.

We are on grandparent duties this week so I have had little time to blog, but more posts will follow 🙂 !

Thanks for stopping by.

Until next time,
Your friend
The Dorset Rambler

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