Isolation Antidotes (18): Whitepark Bay

As we continue at Level 3 Lockdown, I’m combining my project of going back through my archives with a request by my long-time photo buddy Vicki to post more from my travels to the northern UK. This is one that I made twenty years ago in Northern Ireland, on the coast of Whitepark Bay, between Dunseverick and Ballintoy Harbour. I remember walking between the water and the cliffs, spotting these wildflowers—sea thrift, Armeria maritima (thanks for the name, Liz!)—perched up the slippery slope, and cautiously scrambling up to get into a position where I could get the stretch of the bay to the east as my background. I nearly lost my footing a couple of times, but managed to hang on long enough to get this shot. The resolution is far lower than I’ve come to enjoy in more recent times, but it’s a fond memory of a moment in time, and it’s all I have to work with now. Be that as it may, I still treasure that memory.

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17 Responses to Isolation Antidotes (18): Whitepark Bay

  1. Ms. Liz says:

    Decades ago Nigel and I walked the Devon/Cornwall coast path and saw masses of this in flower, carpeting the ground, over rocks, and spreading all over the tumbledown stone walls. Pink flowers everywhere! It’s sea thrift or Armeria maritima. It brings back wonderful memories :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks so much, Liz, you’re right on. I saw lots of it in Bretagne in France as well, and will never forget how lovely an addition to an already delightful seaside landscape it is.

  2. Vicki says:

    Beautiful shot. Glad you got some of the area in the background too. Looks like it might have been a dangerous scramble up that cliff face. The scene reminds me of Cornwall. I only have fragments of memories of my travels and it’s lovely to see this part of the Irish coast which I never got to see.
    I wonder what that white bulb-looking flower or seed pod that is behind the Sea Thrift?

    • krikitarts says:

      It resembles the campion that I know from Minnesota, but I’m not sure. Maybe someone might have a more informed suggestion? (See Pete’s comment below–it seems I was right in my guess!)

  3. Peter Klopp says:

    After looking at this marvellous capture of the wild landscape and the beautiful flowers I can see why you have such fond memories. I believe that Steve Schartzman, whom I follow, could help you with the identification of these wildflowers. His blog is

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks, Peter; Steve S and I have been following each other for years. Liz (above) came through on the pinks, and Pete H (below) came through and, I think, confirmed my guess on the whites.

  4. I really like this kind of thing, walking along the coast and exploring the flora and fauna. Beautiful photo, Gary. I love the Sea Thrift, and you might even have some Sea Campion there, too.

    • krikitarts says:

      Thanks much for the campion confirmation here, Pete; it seems that my hunch was right, and I thought you might be able to help. We have bladder campion (Silene latifolia) growing wild in Minnesota, and the two are very similar. And yes, the shoreside stroll–one of my very favorite activities, of course!

  5. Adrian Lewis says:

    Beautiful shot, my friend – and resolution is by no means the be all and end all of things, there is so much more in, for example, this picture. :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Yeah, thank goodness for our ability to fill in details where they’re lacking. And regarding this particular location–how I wish I’d had the time and the resources to seek out a way to get down to that house (or whatever it was) in the distance at far left–what a location, and what a view they must have!

  6. That looks to be a rather challenging location and you managed a fine look. Resolution isn’t as big a deal as many of us make it out to be. Whatever that distant structure is there most likely was a non-scrambling access although maybe not if it was a refuge from the world. Glad that you hung on like a mountain goat.

    • krikitarts says:

      So am I, and it was a good feeling to be able to rise to the challenge. It was not only precipitous but rather wet and slippery. I think I’d be quite hard-pressed to repeat the feat with the corporeal resources available to me today.

  7. Regarding low resolution, the program Topaz Gigapixel AI is said to be good at enlarging digital photos.

  8. bluebrightly says:

    Oops, I think I lost my comment – I was remarking how familiar this is because we have rocky shorelines and the Armeria maritima is blooming profusely now. So pretty with the rocks and water…your photo is excellent. I know that’s not easy to do. Glad you didn’t fall!

    • krikitarts says:

      I’ve learned to be very, very careful out there, and it’s been a good while since I’ve tried to negotiate anything treacherous. Anything that’s too daunting I’ll give a miss!

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