The camera never lies… Or does it !?!?…

Pepperpot Sunset

Looks peaceful and serene eh !!.. Yeah RIGHT !!..

This is St Catherine’s Oratory, better known as the “Pepperpot”. It’s a medieval lighthouse first lit way back in 1328.

As for the serene part though, this was most definitely NOT. To reach said lighthouse was probably only about a mile from the car park, but the car park was at the bottom of the downs, and the pepperpot at the top of the downs. The climb must have easily been 45° !!, or at least that’s what my knees were telling me..  If that wasn’t bad enough though, this particular evening was a tad bit breezy… Breezy enough that I had to physically hang on to my tripod to prevent it blowing away whilst taking the shots.. I kid you not, and no more than a few miles from here they recorded 82mph gusts later that night.. It was so strong that my youngest WAS actually blown clean over.. Not that I laughed at all… Strangely enough though, she wasn’t too keen on my holding on the the cords of her jacket, and flying her down the hill like a kite !!.. No pleasing some kids !!.. I thought they all loved kite flying !!..


14 responses

  1. Brien, this place looks amazing! The wind seem to be strong, you’re lucky you didn’t loose your camera, or your kid, into the wind. ;)

    September 9, 2012 at 11:21 pm

  2. Gorgeous sunset! Certainly worth the little adventure ;-)
    Do they make tripods that you secure with stakes that you drive into the ground?? LOL
    That’s an interesting looking lighthouse, can you go inside / climb up into the tower?

    September 10, 2012 at 12:51 am

  3. Beautiful! Does this mean you’ve run out of abandoned manors and castles? ;-)

    September 10, 2012 at 5:08 am

  4. Love this one B!! Certainly worth the treacherous climb, although I’m sure I’d have turned down the offer of being turned into a kite as well. Smart daughter you’ve got there. ;)

    September 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

  5. F.S… putting the LIGHT in lighthouse shots… brilliant!
    1328 you say? Wow… that actually makes me feel… young! Almost. Of course I’m not so sure I’d be saying that had I been the one braving the 45 degree inclines and 82 mph winds!

    September 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

  6. The colors you’ve captured are gorgeous. Peaceful and serene, however, are not the first words that come to mind! “Ominous” was the first adjective to pop up for me. Definitely hard to please kids these days – who wouldn’t be delighted at being flown like a kite? :-D

    September 10, 2012 at 9:57 pm

  7. Beautiful… If only you didn’t reveal the truth about the rest of the area… Still, gorgeous colors.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:52 am

  8. A great composition with fine colors of blue and green framing the sunlight.

    September 11, 2012 at 11:37 pm

  9. Chloe

    gosh this is gorgeous!

    September 12, 2012 at 7:15 am

  10. Great light and colors! And it does look serene…

    September 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  11. A gorgeous shopt, Bri, and well-worth the trials and tribulations to get! :-)

    September 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

  12. Stunning, beautiful shot, Brian. Looks worth the effort to me, but it wasn’t my knees climbing that steep hill. :)

    September 13, 2012 at 2:01 pm

  13. This photo is so beautiful, I think it was worth the hardships. Happy Holidays! :)


    December 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

  14. Beautiful light!

    January 8, 2014 at 7:35 pm

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