Covehithe

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Back to the beach, this time with a specific sight in mind: Covehithe. This remote hamlet on the Suffolk coast was one of several fruitful locations pointed out to me by my photographer friend Mark. It’s quite possible I visited as a child, but I have no memory of it, so certainly if I did it wasn’t a regular haunt.

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Taking the pathway from the impressive ruins of the church – which I should hope to get to another day – to destination at the crumbling cliffs, a lone, rather post-apocalyptic atmosphere pervades the shore, particularly at this time of the year. Strewn along the beach are fractured skeletons of fallen copses, now at the mercy of the tides as they slowly bed into the sand. Like so many of my more familiar Norfolk beaches, the coastline is transformed on a regular basis, and edging further and further backwards; a sobering reminder indeed of the sea’s unrelenting force, though in this instance it has, unquestionably, carved out a dramatic and gripping place.

Having thought for a while about focusing on trees and with my current endearment to the ocean’s shore, the cocktail of Covehithe was an opportunity that couldn’t be passed up. It really is a very well-kept secret, and I’m so grateful for the tip-off!

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18 comments
    • Jacob said:

      I knew you would! Absolutely, a real gem.

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  1. gregoryjosephs said:

    Jacob, these are absolutely arresting. I love this time of year for exactly this aesthetic—bare branches and the architecture of trees. And with the dramatic sea behind. . . I think the first is my favorite of the trio, but all three are fantastic. Brilliant work. You really captured November for me.

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    • Jacob said:

      That’s lovely! Thanks so much, Gregory. There certainly is lots of drama to appreciate at this time of the year – I’ve always loved it.

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    • Jacob said:

      Cheers mister, glad you enjoyed it. I love rendering light on dark, especially for landscapes – it’s just so satisfying!

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  2. Thea said:

    These are amazing, I love them all. The grey tree is reminiscent of Mondrian’s Grey Tree. So moody and atmospheric!

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    • Jacob said:

      Oh thanks so much Thea, that’s quite a compliment! There really is a unique atmosphere about the local landscape; I feel as though I could study it forever.

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      • Thea said:

        Wonderful inspiration – I hope you took plenty of photos. 🙂

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      • Jacob said:

        Yes, though there’s always reason to go back and take some more! 🙂

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      • Thea said:

        I hope you get the chance again soon!

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    • Jacob said:

      Thanks, Charlie. As you should! Then you can make the walk along the beach to Southwold for an ice cream or two 😉

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      • Jacob said:

        Ha! Well, it wasn’t the plan, but if you came all that way then yes, I’d even have an ice cream with you… maybe 😉 I expect you’re already packing the suitcase!

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