Crisp and Clear in Whitby

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Taken during a very cold spell covering the period of Christmas festivities of 2009, a very white Christmas indeed.

The grave stones on the east cliff, adjacent to the XII century St Mary's Parish church, can be seen leaning towards the steep valley sides. Over hundreds of years, the land has slipped inexorably taking the graves along with it. In fact, there are a few instances where ancient graves, hundreds of years old have slipped off the edge of the cliff, exposing the mortal remains for all to see. Of course, they were respectfully re-interred elsewhere.

Erosion of the cliffs in front of the church has caused the bell tower to lean outwards, this is quite noticeable in the shot.

As a matter of interest, the Parish church is at least 100 years older than the ruined XIIIc abbey standing nearby.

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Sarah O on December 30, 2009

My friend, JIM, I'am the first one here~!! But won't be the last I'am sure.....Isn't this the view you posted sometime ago of the view out your window??? Jim, this is soooo lovely! What a beauty for Christmas. I was browsing around here on Pano before I settle in for a good T.V. Show and popped right onto this. It is nothing short of wonderful Christmas Card image.

Have a wonderful New Year Jim, I wish you Love, Peace and Joy for 2010. :))

Greetings and best wishes to you and yours/ Sarah

Amelia Royan on December 30, 2009

Lucky Jim is a saying known to many people :))

What a lovely photo, everything looks so clear and clean and bright! Whitby at its best eh?

I extend Sarah's lovely wishes to you. May you and yours enjoy a happy and peaceful 2010 :))

Warm wishes from snowless Shropshire, Amelia

Zoran GM67 on December 30, 2009

Just wonderful! The whole collection. Happy 2010, many photos like this.

top spotter on December 30, 2009

Hi Jim a nice snowy scene of Whitby picture postcard shot great.A Happy Year to you Alan

joyfotos on December 30, 2009

Ah, the village/city we all know and love settled into winter. What a lovely image with the sun warmed buildings!

Sarah O on December 30, 2009

Jim I can just imagine you stopping those tourist half way up, and making them start over to count the steps, 'cause ya know, they really do want to know if there are 199 steps!!!! :)) You are funny my friend, that's hilarious...stop aggravating those good people!!! :)))

good to see you Jim/ Sarah

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 30, 2009

New Years Greetings every one ;>)

If you zoom in to the cliffs, below the old Parish church, you can easily see the long and winding snow covered stone stairway that leads to the old church.. These are known famously as the 199 steps..Why they could not have built 200 amazes me!

I enjoy stopping the tourists for a chat half way up..They invariably loose count and have to start at the bottom again ;>)

Sarah O~~~It is always a pleasure to read your lovely comments Sarah and yes, you are right, this is from my home. A view that I could never tire of ;>)

Amelia Royan---This lasted for days Amelia' and even now, the high moorlands are still white over!

gMilanovac~~~I am delighted that you like this photo, your nice compliment is much appreciated ;>)

joyphotos~~~thank you so much for your lovely comments Joy, the township of around 13,000 souls, clings to the steep river valley. The ancient houses, built at random in a higgledy-piggledy manner, vie with each other for a view over the natural harbour and solid stone 17th century piers!! It's pretty for sure ;>)

top spotter---and to you Alan, here's to your continuing success as the TOP SPOTTER!!

Billy B@rk~~~I guess that its just too good not to photograph this Billy...I love the old town with freshly laid snow around!!

Warm regards to you all!!


picture fan on December 30, 2009

beautiful shot and view! Happy New Year!

Greetings, Mario

Tony Reid on December 30, 2009

Good weather for a roaring open fire.

Cheers, Tony in New Zealand

A Happy New Year for 2010!

Steve Paxton on December 30, 2009

Jim you certainly use a lot of icing sugar but it looks great is really all i can say have a great new year . steve

jeff_msn123 on December 30, 2009


Its cool. Excellent shot.

Cheers, Jeff

jim66 on December 30, 2009

Nice view! Congratulations, you had a white Christmas! ;-) Happy new year! Jim66

Nick Weall on December 30, 2009

I expect that the tax per step escalated once 200 was reached Wise Owl ~ that is the sort of thing that sneaky governments do ~ remember the window tax for example :) Great shot , great story and a gert big Golden Star and best wishes to you for 2010 Jim ~ Ciao nick

Michael Torggler on December 30, 2009

Hii AXOTA You live in a very northern place of EUROPE!!!! But we also have snow!!! The different make this picture with snow near the sea! So I appreciate this picture very much and have to given you a BEST OF Very nice start to the 2010 from your ITALIAN PANORAMIO-friend! Have a nice night and be quiet to finish the YEAR 2010 with healty! That is the most important for you (and also for me!) BYE! HAPPY ,HEALTY AND PEACEFUL NEW YEAR!!!

daniel smiriglio on December 31, 2009

This image shows a very nice place Jim, congratulations!

I wish you a happy New Year 2010, along with your loved ones

a cordial greeting, daniel

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 31, 2009

It remains for me to say a big thank you to all those who took the time out to visit my gallery in the past year and beyond, and I offer special thanks to all those who left many excellent and inspirational comments ;>)

Despite the frustrating setbacks of the previous year when communications were almost impossible at times, it has been a real pleasure chatting with you guys! I look forward to visiting you all again in the future!!

A happy and successful year to all my Panoramio friends

picture fan~~~It's great to see you Mario ;>)

Tony Reid---hiya Tony...the Clean Air Act forbids the occupiers of these charming old houses to cause smoke, so roaring fires, as we knew them, are a thing of the past..mores the pity ;>)

steve111~~that's a fine description steve, it took me hours to create this special effect ;>)

jymsn123---it was very cool Jeff...about minus 12C during the night ;>)

jim66~~~Now the quiet stillness over the town has been broken by the sound of crashing surf as a biting wind from the North sea whips up the ocean ;>)

Nick Weall~~~~~I do just about remember the widow tax dear Nick ;>) those were hard times in the days of window tax, summary executions and road tolls to boot..Mind you, it reduced the cost of cleaning!! The YS means a great deal to me old bean...I'm chuffed ;>)

tormic----I am delighted that you dropped in for a chat and I enjoyed your amusing feedback!! We rarely get frosty snow at sea level, it normally lays for only a day or two...this cold spell came straight from the Arctic, lasting more than a week. It gave Christmas that special feel!!

Daniel Smiriglio~~~Thanks for your special greetings Daniel, I'll be dropping by in 2010 ;>)

My sincere and warm wishes to you all ;>)


逃离城市 on December 31, 2009

Dear Jim, do you know? really makes me feel excited, not the hilarious scene, but such a quiet and peaceful. When the sunlight in the Earth, this soft-hearted lingers in the mind, was filled with gratitude of nature, I like to feel this way. ;-)

very very nice....


Faintlightofdawn on December 31, 2009

Fantastic rooftops Jim! Wish you a very happy New Year! ~ Fai

ƤōƝƓ on December 31, 2009

Hi Jim, truly winter wonderland!! The roofs are all covered with snow.

Golden ☆ + Best Of

HAPPY NEW YEAR to WHITBY, w☺rap☺ng 《阿鵬》

©junebug on December 31, 2009

What a beautiful sight, Jim! Whitby really looks gorgeous when it is covered with snow especially when the sun is shining like in this picture! It's a wonderful photo and I'm adding it to my faves with a YS! Have a nice New Year's Eve and I wish you all the best for 2010, Anne

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