DP Weekly Photo Challenge – Heritage

via Photo Challenge: Heritage

Cornish-Tin

Levant ‘Tin’ Mine, Pendeen, North Cornwall

Here in the UK we are blessed with a rich Heritage.  The country side and towns are littered with buildings from long before Stonehenge to modern times…every generation creating its own piece of history and leaving behind a footprint for those that follow.

I have to admit to having a preference for the architecture that has been left by the early industrialist.

Today Cornwall is perhaps best known as a holiday destination (and a great one at that) but in days gone by it was the centre of a mining industry.  Below the surface the land was rich in minerals, Lead, Arsenic, Coal, Fluorspar and China Clay… perhaps those familiar with the Poldark Saga will immediately think of Tin.

Levant Mine above was just one of many Tin Mines.  Dangerous places to work, rock falls, explosions, gasses and working in the dark with just a candle fixed to a felt ‘Hard Hat’.  The search for the elusive veins of mineral even so some mines extended their workings in long tunnels under the sea.

Levant Mine is now a Heritage Museum with a Beam Engine…well worth a visit but maybe like me you may just like to sit and take in the Heritage that is in the air, even today long after these mines were abandoned.

My suggestion for this weeks DP Photo Challenge.  It is fun to see what other have suggested, click on this link :- https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/heritage/

19th May

(C) David Oakes 2017

A Bright Start……after the rains

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A May Dawn over Allestree Lake, Derbyshire

Calm and sunny over the Lake this morning….it makes a welcome change from the past few days of rain.  Yesterday we didn’t think it would ever stop but overnight we have had a miraculous change for the better.  We better not get complacent as we are told the rain is returning tomorrow.

Looking down over part of the woodland the horizon is still shrouded with an early morning mist.   Hawthorn Blossom seems to have survived the heavy rain and is still imparting its distinctive spring smell mixing beautifully with the equally distinctive fresh scents of spring.

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18th May

(C) David Oakes 2017