A few days later the storm, heralded by those cirrus clouds, hit the west coast of France. Fortunately by this time we had already left the island.
Phare de Nividic, Pointe de Pern, Ile D´Ouessant (Ushant), Brittany, France.
I´ve just returned from a wonderful trip to Brittany, France. During which I spent a week on the island of Ouessant or, as it is mentioned on the BBC shipping forecast, Ushant. The Bay of Biscay is well known for it´s treacherous weather and this island certainly has a very tricky coast for shipping! It can be reached by a roughly 2 hour ferry trip from Brest.
This is the nautical radio communications centre at Pointe du Raz. It was another big coastal sky but this time coupled with a howling gale blowing in from the Atlantic. A scene both breathtaking in the visual as well as physical sense!
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Some of the most interesting landscapes, or in this seascape, are, at first look, the most gloomy. The remains of the concrete pier are, I have to admit, pretty ugly, the sky is one of those “is it going to pour down?” skies, but non the less, the place has a certain gravity – it fascinated me more than if it had had a blue sky and nice fluffy sheepy clouds. But there again, I do tend towards a certain gloom in my photography.
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The tide was out, revealing the mud banks. The sun shone through the early morning mist giving the scene a ghostly feel. It was a wonderful 30 minutes or so until the mist was burnt off and the atmosphere was gone.
The Breton culture is strong and vibrant. These girls, dressed in their Breton costumes, were taking part in a music festival in Landerneau. It seems that nearly everyone in Brittany plays an active part in keeping their culture alive.
It´s often the small things that catch my eye. I was wandering around the Côtes d’Armor in Brittany, looking at the amazing rock formations there, when I looked down into a small tidal pool. There I saw this leaf – the colours, the seaweed the slight movement all seemed to come together.
This splendid abstract stained glass window in Chapelle St-Michel in Douarenez really caught my eye, I loved the light patterns on the church floor.