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Brean Down

Posted by
Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 3 February 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Looking across the Bristol Channel from the end of Brean Down, the island to the left is Steep Holm and the one to the right is Flat Holm, in the distance you can just make out the coast of South Wales.
Along with Brean Down both Steep Holm and Flat Holm were fortified in the 1860s as a defence against invasion. They form part of a line of defences, known as Palmerston Forts, built across the channel to protect the approaches to Bristol and Cardiff and later used again during WW2 as a defence.
Steep Holm is now owned by a Trust set up in the memory of naturalist Kenneth Allsop who preserve the island as a nature reserve.
Flat Holm is managed by Cardiff Council and also is a Nature reserve and sight of special scientific interest, with rare flora and fauna.

Canon EOS 500D 1/400 second F/5.6 ISO 100 30 mm


Making an effort to return to AM3 after a bit of an absence, it's really nice to see photo's from all contributors and I will try to comment when I can. If I offer criticism I do so only to help and I do not wish to cause offence. My photography tends to be from my travels, as well as my passion which is wildlife and landscape. I hope you enjoy what you see.
Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback.

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

I like the composition with the horizontal divide of the rocks against the mass of beach sand.

3 Feb 2012 5:33am

Luke from Spokane Washington, United States

Cool island!

3 Feb 2012 6:08am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The sea is cold and beauty.

3 Feb 2012 6:18am

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

fantastic view over the channel - well composed and captured

3 Feb 2012 7:07am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Great shot and very interesting information

3 Feb 2012 7:25am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Lovely shot, great narrative

3 Feb 2012 8:23am

Sebastien from Geneva, Switzerland

Nice view over the sea in a winter mood...

3 Feb 2012 8:24am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Looks like a grey old day - nice frame though.

3 Feb 2012 8:32am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely view.. wonderful shot

3 Feb 2012 8:33am

sterre from Netherlands

I like the composition.
A nice view over the sea.
Thank you for the very interesting information.

3 Feb 2012 8:39am

Saeid from Amol, Iran

Great composition .. Well done

3 Feb 2012 9:10am

gootchai from Belgium

Très belle compo!! Beautiful

3 Feb 2012 9:37am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

The sombre tones add their weight to this . . a lovely composition.

3 Feb 2012 9:53am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Love the softness in here.

3 Feb 2012 10:07am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

a very British light :) Nicely documented

3 Feb 2012 10:27am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A magnificent view and a perfect atmosphere ... Good lights ... An excellent series ... Best regards, Adela

3 Feb 2012 10:41am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Superb composition and lovely seascape in this soft light.

3 Feb 2012 11:28am

tataray from france, France

magnifique point de vue.))

3 Feb 2012 12:36pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

thank you for the info - typical british grey day

3 Feb 2012 12:43pm

Karen Politte from United States

a great shot and fantastic history info - thanks! It reminds me a lot of Bass Rock in Scotland.......

3 Feb 2012 1:19pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

Superb composition and tones !

3 Feb 2012 1:52pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A wonderful view with some fascinating information to put it into context! Well done Doug! ;-)

3 Feb 2012 1:55pm

klausz from kufstein, Austria

great view and capture!

3 Feb 2012 2:29pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Great pov and your frame is very effective for the information you provided, fantastic shot and history!

3 Feb 2012 2:39pm

Joyce from Montana, United States

Enjoy your historical picture tour. Very nice to know that places are kept as Reserves, and protected. In this image the areas of dark rock (?) along the edge of the silery calm sea, are intriguing and effective punctuation in the composition. You seem to have a good eye for balance of the contrasting elements of land and sea in your images. They are as yin yang symbols for that reason.

3 Feb 2012 3:00pm

myky from Ontario, Canada

Beautifully balanced composition....interesting background info too!

3 Feb 2012 3:12pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quelle vue avec la petite île en fond et cette plage et ce rendu superbe pan orama.

Bravo et belle soirée


3 Feb 2012 3:22pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Yes, I really like and appreciate the text, Doug - great job..Have you ever been out to the islands? This is a fantastic image by the way sir! Have a wonderful weekend!!

3 Feb 2012 3:28pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Rugged and beautiful in equal measure. A fine image to spend some time with, and the text is informative and a great enhancement to the shot. Thanks!

3 Feb 2012 3:50pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Lovely composition! I love the vast expanse of water leading to the island! It does look like rather rugged and lonely country!

3 Feb 2012 3:56pm

Slackwater Don from Spokane, United States

An interesting coastal shot. These islands seem to make one want boat out to check them out. Fine image.

3 Feb 2012 4:04pm

Dan from United States

Steep Holm nature reserve, wow what a beautiful place that I hope to visit someday.

Thx for introducing me to a new world, with your words and through your eyes.


3 Feb 2012 4:14pm

Sien from Valkenswaard, Netherlands

Wonderful landscape image Doug
Very nice composition, well done!

3 Feb 2012 5:21pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

A peaceful seaside

3 Feb 2012 6:49pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

nice one, very interseting

3 Feb 2012 7:14pm

Aly from Annen, Netherlands

A nice view over the sea and that island
Lovely shot Doug

3 Feb 2012 7:28pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Peaceful scenery. sometime we need the place for clean up mind..... nice image Doug.

3 Feb 2012 9:57pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

From this view and with the cloud cover, the channel looks so vast. Beautiful composition and very interesting information.

4 Feb 2012 2:38am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting shot on a gray looking day.

5 Feb 2012 1:54am

Canon EOS 500D
1/400 second
ISO 100
30 mm