ANOTHER PLANET..the lost world of Saltwick Bay ;)

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This promontory at Saltwick Bay has fascinated me all my life..It is a geological wonder since what you are looking at is the ancient sea-bed of some enormous ocean..The flaky shale alluvial deposits contain millions of fossils of creatures that once swam in the sea. Fossil hunting is a very popular activity. There are seams of black Jet, a hard coal-like substance that can be cut, carved and polished and set into gold and silver jewellery ..There are several craftsmen in the locale who are involved with this highly skilled artwork.

The area was/is rich in mineral deposits, including ironstone..Where these seams become exposed to sea air, as can be seen in the middle-right of the photo, the iron oxides (rust) appear as a reddish coating.

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Comments (103)

Paulo Targino Moreir… on June 25, 2011

Fantastic shot.


Greetings from Brazil.

Theolfa on June 25, 2011

Wow! So fascinating, I spent ages exploring the enlarged version, Jim. It's beautiful, but looks like some landscape from a space movie. Such a variety of texture and colour plus the dramatic lighting and the threatening clouds. It's mesmerising. I love it! Theolfa

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 25, 2011

Alireza Javaheri~~It is a nice surprise to receive your friendly visit and good comment A.J.

Anupam Mukherjee~~~A warm welcome Anupam..I'm encouraged by your kind appraisal, thank you!

Alfredo Henriques~~~Thank you for your interest Alfredo..I appreciate your evaluation!

Laurentiu Mitu~~~Oh yes Lorenzo, even the guy behind the lens..very strange!

Paulo Targino Moreir~~I greet you warmly Paulo ;) My good fortune was to find the tide at its lowest ebb..It may surprise you learn that the sea has a tidal range of just over 6.5 metres here on the UK east coast! Tsunami two times per day!

Theolfa~~~~I have had an odd feeling about this place since I was an adventurous and naughty has always looked like another planet! and I enjoyed disobeying orders which was never to venture far from home..I thought that this was the end of the world (aged 7)! I so much enjoyed your fulsome comments ;)

_ To you all, I express my sincere gratitude for your visits, precious comments, your endorsements, likes, and for taking the time to look!_

Kind regards :)


Rhea on June 26, 2011

Good morning Jim. I read your comment for Theolfa here, it made me laugh and I can imagine you exploring this place as a kid:))

(I`ve got an 8 year old boy!)

sugarbag1 on June 26, 2011

Hello Jim. Now this looks a little interesting. Looks to me it could be a little slippery if you walked on it! Am I correct Jim? Is it low tide at the moment? What is that red colour? Kind REgards, David :-)

sugarbag1 on June 26, 2011

Jest been looking at your photo again and also read your reply to Theolfa. When I again looked more closely, I see if you were small child, by walk from the shore in through that gap and then if the tide came in higher than normal, you could be drouned or never seen again!

Laurentiu Mitu on June 26, 2011

Ha,ha,ha Jim you amazing me with your english sense of humor, love you my friend!!!!

Unda J. on June 26, 2011

its a fine place indeed! very unusual and interesting, makes it easy to imagine how lava was boiling, earth shifting and island was born ;) its not just pink lump (i found it funny how pink is most of the time seen as not natural colour- sort of the colour what is not in nature, but more like mans creation= so how about this then?! :D) there are clearly visible layers on cliff face and to top it all you got even waterfall!! what a spot!

is there an access for scardy cats too? if i make to whitby i'd love to see this beach too, but im not allowed on cliff tops, just bottoms :D

thanks for poping by! its nice to see old pictures dont get forgotten.

Yosarsif مهدی کلهر on June 26, 2011

این عکس حکایت از اون داره که آب کم شده


رنگ قرمز برای چه است؟

Sigh on June 26, 2011

It does look bizarre, old bean. I like it. Sorry I couldn't get back to you the other day. Life has been a roller coaster of happenings for some weeks, I tried ringing you but there can't have been a signal. Then I simply forgot when I was meant to retry.

Suzi in Oregon on June 26, 2011

Theolfa says it all so beautifully well, dear Jim, and my first thought before reading any comments was 'What planet have you been visiting?' Your work has been exceptionally inspired the past several months and I, for one, am happy to gaze intently at the result. Thank you for finding these extraordinary locations and for knowing how to record them so very well (O:

Christos Theodorou on June 26, 2011

Lovely shot. Friendly greetings from Athens.

Renáta Kuss on June 27, 2011

Another beauty, love the rocks! :D {L+YS}

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 27, 2011

Rhea~~~~Children are no longer able to explore the world around them since parents are not permitted to expose their children to the risks that we classify today as dangerous. So many of them never experience the sense of achievement or self survival that was an essential part of growing up...I call it mollycoddling...maybe I'm too old fashioned!

sugarbag1~~~You read the conditions well there David...very often, the emergency services attend these shores to treat/remove casualties who have fallen and broke their limbs..The tides are quite fierce too and easily trap the unwary..In the UK we have are lucky to have the assistance of a well organised Coast Guard..These chaps co-ordinate all the other services which may be required to perform a rescue..Helicopters, lifting equipment, first aid treatment, lifeboats etc can be summoned by the coast Guard..I am sure it will be the same down under. As for the strange colours in the rock, these could be naturally occurring stains caused by exposure of the minerals to salt laden sea air..There may be other explanations..The rocks have a primeval appearance and may be discoloured due to volcanic activity millions of years ago..extreme heat is known to produce strangely coloured rock formations and the more I look at this promontory, the more I am inclined to think that the latter is the case! I feel certain that some one with geological knowledge will explain this better than I.

Laurentiu Mitu~~~Life is about having a little fun Lorenzo and also a sense of humour..that my friend, we both share ;)

Unda J~~Thanks Unda, many of Panoramios' best photos remain hidden secrets, deep in the bowels of our galleries. Perhaps, in the future, we might be permitted to exercise control over what appears on our front pages..who knows! As for your theory on boiling lava, I rather like the idea..

Unfortunately, there is no easy access to this location, however, it can be more easily reached from the east scar near Whitby piers,,the going is quite good once you are at sea level..but beware of incoming tides! I always plan my trips here on an ebbing tide..This gives about six hours of safe access..more than enough time! Perhaps a more suitable location with easier access would be HERE at a charming little village called Sandsend A nearby car p, ark and ramp to the beach is perfect for those with mobility problems! As you can see, the beach and cliffs are amazing! .. Yosarsif~~Your observations are correct my friend..this low water time when much of the sea-bed is exposed..As for the discolouration in the rock..I have one or two theories.. it could be due to an oxidised layer of iron ore which has been exposed to the elements, or the effects of volcanic activity millions of years ago!"

Sigh~~Good to see you back Si! You've had a rough time, you must be worn out..don't concern yourself over a phone call. it's probably me misplacing my phone that causes the problem!

Suzi in Oregon~~~~I'm delighted that my latest stuff passes muster Suzi...The difference is the result of having more time available to rediscover my old haunts (but not in an un-dead way ;>))..I think I know what I am looking for these days..I choose the location according to the season, the weather and light conditions..Having a half decent camera with a decent selection of lenses makes the difference! I'm most grateful for your inspirational flatter me too much Suzi ;>)

Christos Theodorou~~Nice comment Cristos..much obliged! your visit is greatly appreciated ;)

۞₪๑ .Яεηάtα.K. ๑₪۞~~~~You are most generous in your appraisals dear friend and I am humbled by the esteem in which you hold my photos!!...I offer my sincere gratitude and respect for your precious evaluation..

To you all, I express my profound thanks for your friendly visits, your generous appraisals, yellow stars, "likes", and for taking the time to leave your precious comments ;)

Kind regards


Unda J. on June 27, 2011

thank you very much for this information! gosh im getting more ands more into 'trip to whitby'... thanks a lot will keep this in mind...

Rhea on June 28, 2011

I know, Jim, I am afraid I am a bit of a mollycoddling mother as well. Cannot help it.....:-/

Ismail Yaşartekin on June 28, 2011

Great shot. LİKE 23

Best wishes, greetings İSMAİL

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on June 29, 2011

Unda J~~~~Thanks for the amusing feedback ;)

Rhea~~~~It is much easier to entertain the children today Rhea, they are much more likely to stay at home and play out their fantasy in the virtual world of computer games..In the 1940's there was no TV, mobile phones, no drugs, no child crime, very few risks, children played outdoors until dark, what we did have in abundance was a wonderful circle of true friends who would have sacrificed anything to preserve it!

İ.Yaşartekin~~~A warm welcome İSMAİL....I'm glad that you liked this photo, thanks for your good comment!

To each of you, I express my warm and sincere thanks for your friendly visits and precious comment


Prasenjit Nag on July 1, 2011

Really Interesting Place!!

Awesome Photography!


Wish You Nice Weekend Prasenjit

Buts Yuri on July 5, 2011

Fantastic shot, exquisite picture LIKE-25! My regards, greetings from Ukraine! Yuri.

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Photo taken in Cleveland Way, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22, UK

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  • Uploaded on June 21, 2011
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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2010/08/12 12:33:14
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