Photos of a Drowned Forest and more….

Porlock Bay in Somerset was a new experience for me. I’d travelled to Porlock to meet friends on a campsite there in my trusty camper. I couldn’t help myself, especially when we saw the delights the area has to offer. Out came my trusty Nikon D90! I have a passion for the coast as I was born by the sea. St Annes in Lancashire doesn’t look anything like this, though! Out in the bay is a sunken forest that dates back to the last ice age. I’ve found results in google that purport it  and others like it to be proof of global warming, but unless we were pumping out greenhouse gases eight thousand years ago, I don’t believe we were responsible!

Drowned Forest

It was fascinating to see these trees, and very difficult to photograph in any detail, as my tripod shook in the wind that day. The usual technique of a nice steady tripod was used, but I also needed my partner to act as a windbreak, and even that only helped a little. Balancing the tripod on stoney ground wasn’t easy, either. I tried to get close-ups of the lichens growing on some of the bark, but macro and windy conditions don’t go together. Here’s my best attempt.


The beach at Porlock is very stony and very photogenic.There are more shots on my website

Porlock bay

Porlock weir, a little further along the coast threw up a whole load of photographic opportunities. I really enjoyed myself clicking away. Not very shot works out of course, and here’s an example of one I’m not too happy with. It’s not well composed, but gives a flavour of the spot.

Porlock Boats

Sometimes, enthusiasm carries me away a little. The difficulty was keeping people out of this shot, which I recomposed and tried several times. I have one I feel might be worth putting on my website.

I also took several images of this abandoned old boat. One of these has inspired me to Photoshop it into a picture you might want on your wall. again, you can find that on my website. There are far too many to place on here!

abandoned old boat



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Emad
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 16:08:43

    Nice !


  2. Jon Vagg
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 16:21:37

    Yes, the sunken forest is actually underwater somewhere out in the bay, apparently the result of land movements thousands of years ago. I seem to remember a local telling us the trees in your first shot had been on land flooded during high tides and storms, maybe 20-30 years ago?
    The other main things I remember are the cafe in Porlock Weir that made us what were probably the best chips I’ve ever tasted (which is saying something – so much care and attention devoted to deep-frying potatoes!) and the shop that sold ‘tourist’ stuff but was so much more than just a tourists’ gift shop, with things like Nepalese singing bowls for sale.


  3. chriscaff
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 16:21:49

    Thanks Emad!


  4. westwood
    Sep 05, 2011 @ 12:27:57

    I love how well submerged wood preserves. Hence how they can do submarine salvage logging in forests flooded by dams decades earlier.


  5. Steve Schwartzman
    Oct 16, 2011 @ 20:50:41

    By coincidence, I recently posted a lichen photograph as well:

    I’m glad to see you promoting nature in your part of the world.

    Steve Schwartzman


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