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)

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 2, 2011

Beautiful view Jim. Nice colours too.

YSL Tone.

digitaaal on August 4, 2011

Hello Jim

nice composition. I like the colors!

Best regards from Hungary, Pista

╰☆❤ MS Jossette D'C … on August 8, 2011

Home is where the heart indicate!!!!!!!!!!You are Privileged my Friend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Greetings and have a great WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!like.. Scarulu16

tmoj on August 8, 2011

Hi Jim,

this really looks extraterrestrial, or at least Lord of the Ring... How did you paint the rock red? Makes another Y*+L.

Best wishes, Timo

Giorgio D'Arrigo on August 16, 2011

Fantastic picture, My best wishes to you, Giorgio

crina.stanciu on August 16, 2011

It really looks from the other planet, or maybe from Earth, 2000000 years ago.

Cristina Sottile on August 20, 2011

Beautiful home, greetings from Argentina.

Pom' on August 25, 2011

outstanding dear Jim. YsL. cordial salut de France, pom'

Hadi Natureboy (Saba… on August 27, 2011

Elegant colors and nature.


行者无路 on August 28, 2011

Very beautiful shot !!! Like

Best greetings from China !行者无路

Victor “Afrocan” GIL… on August 28, 2011

Amazing place and photo, LIKE and regards, Víctor

Tomros on August 28, 2011

Hello Jim, Sometimes the beauty is closer than you think!

Like 54

Greetings, Tomas

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on August 28, 2011

I'm delighted for all your amazing comments guys, it is a pleasure to receive so much positive feedback..I'm sorry for taking so long to respond and I look forward to visiting your galleries in the near future.

Prasenjit Nag~~~~I'm happy you enjoyed this image, I enjoyed your compliment ;)

ButsYV~~~It's such a pleasure to receive your assessment _Yuri

Paula K~~~~I still have not been to the Stables ;(

Ghiocela~~~~I hope all is well with you and enjoying a happy time ;)

Jethrohoyt~~~I've a lot of catching up to do Jethro if ever!

cjlin~~~glad you stopped by ;)

brian01~~~~~This is a hugely popular place for kids of all ages..

Sandy065~~~Great to see you back in my gallery ;)

beegood~~Iron oxide stains Maja!!

Tombstone65~~Good man Freddy ;)

Jewels~~~~I've enjoyed your lovely comments my friend!

JoelleGiannoni~~Some folks believe me to be an alien ;)

Gosi@~~~~You are most welcome..;)

ƤōƝƓ~~~Special thanks for your generous praise..The Y* means a lot to me ;)

Manek Taolin~~I greatly appreciate your kind appraisal Manek, I'm honoured that you chose this for your favourites.

Marin Stanisic~~~~~Many thanks Marin ;)

Ana Docal~~Hi Ana....I'm hoping you got to visit the sea again ;)

taoy~~~~~Your numerous visits are appreciated.

eleni iak~~~You are most generous Eleni, I'm elated for your kind praise, thank you so much ;)

Samantha Lacy ღ~~virtual comfy hugs sent your way ;)

stacy metcalf~~~~You've a great sense of humour Stacy ;)

Teresa Jankowska~~~~Cool comment, thanks!

studio4t1~~~That's a huge compliment on my work Tone, the icing on the cake ;) Many thanks!

digitaaal~~~~Your a star Pista!

Scarulu16~~~I'm looking forward to chatting in your gallery soon.

tmoj~~~WOW!! Timo, I'm most grateful for your affirmation and kind appraisal ;)

EdwardTur~~~Many thanks _Edward ;)

Giorgio D'Arrigo~~~~Much appreciated Giorgio :)

crina.stanciu~~~Glad you liked the photo!

Cristina Sottile~~~A pleasure to receive your visit and nice comment!

Pom'~~~A y* from my illustrious friend is much appreciated ;)

Sababoy~~~~You are most welcome my friend!

行者无路~~~~Glad you stopped by ;)

afrocan~~~~Thanks Victor, the place holds a certain fascination and is popular with photographers.

TomRos~~~Hi Tomas..Beauty is never far away and I am fortunate in living so close to beautiful nature!

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

Jim on August 29, 2011

Amazing picture. I LIKE your home :)

Alina Sbitneva on August 29, 2011

Really GB is amazing country.

LIKE Alina

Mahdi Kalhor on August 30, 2011
  • Elegant view. Your home? very beautiful place.

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  • All the best form Iran, Mahdi

Holger Bauer on August 30, 2011

great for you to have another planet of your own, I have to deal with my raped one;)) Like:)) Cheers pivatana

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on August 30, 2011

DiggaTwigga~~~I greet you warmly Digga ;) good to see you again!

Alina Sbitneva~~~Thank you for your good comment Alina.....UK is a land of many contrasts and thankfully, because it is a compact and heavily populated island with good roads and public pathways, much our countryside is accessible. There are several designated National Parks, these are wide open areas of great natural beauty for everyone to enjoy!.

Mahdi Kalhor~~~Good to see you Mahdi ;) Yes, this is just two kilometres from my home...The geology is quite unique..Over many milleniums, the raging seas have eroded the various rock formations exposing layers of what was once the ocean bed. This indicates massive tectonic plates activity elevating the western edge of Europe.

At this site, one can find fossilised deposits of tree and fern growth..the archaeological evidence suggests that the UK was at some point, much hotter, similar species can be found growing in the jungles of equatorial Africa today. Mineral deposits, such as iron ore, alluvial shale deposits, jet and alum give the outcrops on this promontory its unusual discolouration and texture!

pivatana~~~Greetings Holger ;)~~~~Most people who discover this unique location are astonished by its pre-historic appearance..One can easily imagine living here in the Jurassic period..Dinosaurs must have roamed these lands in great numbers and fossil hunting is a popular activity along this coast!

Perhaps you could explain in a PM about your concerns regarding the rape of your land.. Many thanks for your evaluation!

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


Fred Fouarge on August 30, 2011

Hopenly a better planet than Earth??

Akbar&Armaghan Nouri on August 31, 2011

nice shot,great taste,very beautiful,like+Ys

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Photo taken in North Yorkshire & Cleveland Heritage Coast, Brotton, Redcar and Cleveland, UK

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    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: NIKON E8700
    • Taken on 2010/08/12 12:33:14
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