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Natures Wonder

By Guernseydan  
For a while now I've been searching for unique perspectives of the Gouffre, on Guernsey's South. I finally thought I had found something suitable, so on Sunday evening I went for a bit of a climb!

I'd checked the satellite imagery and saw that there may just be a chance of some late light breaking through the passing weather front. So I made my way to the Gouffre and started to gingerly scale the cliffs in the pouring rain. I reached the limit of my descent, a large overhang, 50ft above the pounding surf below and waited.

Eventually the rain passed just in time to attach my filters and compose the image, within seconds the sun burst through the cloud behind me. Not in a LONG LONG time had I witnessed such striking light and to my joy a raindbow appeared above the headland as the rain storm passed by!

Exposing was tricky, so much rain was still blowing in the strong wind and I had to contantly clean and cover the filters between exposures. Coupled with the gusty wind funneling up the cliff face I was very pleased to get home and see how sharp and clean the image was.

This is one image I will always look back on and realise just how amazing this island is when all the elements combine. I didn't even give a damn that I was so cold and wet!

Thanks for looking.


ps: I'm hoping the thumbnail on this shot will stand out a bit more than my previous post!

Tags: Guernsey Le gouffre Channel islands Landscape and travel

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Dennis_Bromage 10 45 20 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 9:34AM
It's a stunner. Beautifully composed and fabulous light. Well worth the effort that's for sure


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IanFlindt 13 740 21 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 9:40AM
Oh my oh my, Dan - this is a beauty. Thumbnail stand out? It leaps out and grabs the viewer by the throat! Absolutely gorgeous.
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
27 Jan 2009 9:40AM
Very nice colour and detail.
27 Jan 2009 9:43AM
Great work the colour stand out almost making a 3D look. Great work.

swami1969 14 2
27 Jan 2009 9:50AM
Nice shot with a great light. I like it.
richardwheel 12 217 2 England
27 Jan 2009 10:12AM

Quote:Thumbnail stand out? It leaps out and grabs the viewer by the throat! Absolutely gorgeous

yep, what he said Wink
User_Removed 10 2.2k 3 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 10:33AM
Gorgeous light and fabulous contrasts.
G_Hughes 10 19
27 Jan 2009 11:22AM
Fantastic light and shot - well worth the rock hopping.
scott_jessuk 12 249 1 Scotland
27 Jan 2009 12:08PM
Cracking image, excellent light and colour.
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
27 Jan 2009 12:28PM
You don't post on here often any more Dan, but when you do, they are always such a joy to view!

Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 7:08PM
Thanks everyone!

Ian - Thanks for the award! The picture made me chuckle! Smile
bruce295 12 28 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 7:45PM
Well worth the climb and soaking, one of the best I've seen on here for a long time, it's made my day.


SWMahy 9 21 2 United Kingdom
27 Jan 2009 9:34PM
Very nice Dan...and that rainbow is the icing on an already very tasty cake!

Can I ask you where you check your satellite imagery for the weather? Knowing what clouds will be doing a few hours in advance would be very useful.

Keep up the good work. Steve.
Guernseydan 11 37 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2009 7:00AM
Of course Steve, it's the Guernsey met office website.

They have a section called marine links and in there you can get both visible and infrared displays of the last 24 hours. It's updated every hour at about 20 past so you do still have to put in a fair bit of guess work.

However without it as a tool I'd have missed the opportunity to get this image!

Thanks again everyone!
28 Jan 2009 8:39AM
Wow! That's a great shot. Barry

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