Towanroath Gold

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“In every out-thrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is the story of the earth”

-Rachel Carson

Transient ‘golden hour’ winter light bathing the cliffs around Towanroath engine house, between Chapel Porth and St. Agnes in Cornwall, UK.

The Wheal Coates mine opened in 1802 and was worked until its closure in 1889. It was re-opened for a short period between 1911 and 1913 when it was finally closed.

The site is most notable for its three engine houses and in particular the iconic Towanroath Shaft engine house, which is now a Grade II listed building. The whole site is in the care of the National Trust.

Built in 1872 the Towanroath engine house was responsible for keeping the water out of the shaft 600 feet deep shaft of this tin mine.

The other two engine houses on the site were stamping and winding (whim) engine houses, built at around the same time. These were responsible for hoisting and crushing the tin ore.

There is also evidence of prehistoric and medieval mine workings in the vicinity including signs of excavations in the Towanroath Vugga cave on the beach below

In its heyday Wheal Coates employed some 140 miners with tin being transported on the tramways and shipped from Portreath, Hayle, Trevaunance Pier in St Agnes and Truro.

Cassiterite has been the chief tin ore throughout ancient history and remains the most important source of tin today. It is a widespread minor constituent of igneous rocks. The old exhausted workings of Cornwall, England, are concentrated in high temperature quartz veins and pegmatites associated with granitic intrusives. The veins commonly contain tourmaline, topaz, fluorite, apatite, wolframite, molybdenite, and arsenopyrite.

Ordnance Survey Grid Reference – SW 698 500

Pentax K-X
Pentax 18-55mm SMC/ DAL lens
Hoya Circular Polarizer
tripod (weighted down with rocks!, average windspeed = 50 knots)

1/45 second

Pseudo- HDR created from 3 Spilt-RAW processed TIFFs (at 1.5, 0, -1.5 ev equivalents) in Photomatix Pro 3.26. Finished in Adobe Photoshop 6.0 (including Orton Effect layer, which was blended with original HDR)
30/12/2011 - 11:41morpheus71
CategoryLandscape / Travel
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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 12:12
Good againDid you delete previous one?


Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 12:13
That will do for me I just found the bright area a little to distracting.

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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 12:18
its amazing ! award winning!


Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 13:11
The usual masterclass I expect to see from you.
Best Regards, Larry.

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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 15:56
I love that light off the sea, it reminds me of some wonderful coastal walking down there.

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David W


Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 16:34
The colour tones are beautiful and the sea rolling in to the golden coast is wonderful.
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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 16:46
My my my ! what a picture. Love the golden hues dancing on the waves. I know the colour is slightly more than natural, but like it either-ways. Fantastic composition and masterful PP work.


Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 17:28
I've never been to the paradise, but you've done ! It's AMAZING indeed, so wonderful landscape...



Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 20:08
Superb landscape image.
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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 21:15
Lovely Atmosphere with this shot I love it
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Link Posted 30/12/2011 - 22:57
Lovely landscape capture, the dramatic light gives it a surreal atmosphere, worthy of a Peter Jackson film (Lord of the Rings)


Link Posted 31/12/2011 - 00:21
Great to see you back Phil, another first class image and you have hit the nail on the head with the processing of this picture.


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Link Posted 31/12/2011 - 06:24
Great lights, colours and composition. You've done a great job as always.
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Link Posted 31/12/2011 - 12:11
Whatever they said +1
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Link Posted 01/01/2012 - 23:29
Thank you all so much for your generous and encouraging comments Wish you an excellent 2012


Link Posted 03/01/2012 - 11:13
Absolutely gorgeous! I think you and Andrew have the south-west of England completely sewn up!

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Link Posted 03/01/2012 - 20:37
Looks just as good second time viewing.
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Link Posted 09/06/2013 - 21:52
pauljay wrote:
Absolutely gorgeous! I think you and Andrew have the south-west of England completely sewn up!

Thansk very much for your generous and encouraging comments


Link Posted 09/06/2013 - 21:55
Thanks for all the generous and considered comments from everyone

Stoked to get a mention in the 10 Top Landscape Images on Pentax User
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