Continuing with my 'Book a week' project my choice this week is:
Sea and Shore Cornwall...
common and curious findings
by Lisa Woollett
Published by Zart books last year it is available here....
I actually bought this for Tim's birthday but he won't mind me reading it too! I'm sure it will encourage a bit more beachcombing which is always a good thing - with all the storms we've been having who knows what we will discover?
As I want to do a body of work inspired by seaweed this year I thought this book might include some inspiring images...hints of where to visit & local insights with beautiful photography
'Quite simply the closest I have ever seen anyone come to describing the seashore in the way I feel the seashore.'
Tim Smit, co-founder of the Eden Project
Sea and Shore Cornwall: common and curious findings is a collection of photographs, discoveries and natural history that is by turn atmospheric, quirky and fascinating.
Many of the photographs are glimpses of the mercurial sea around Cornwall's shores, in all its moods: from sunlit shallows and jewel-like pools to wild and exhilarating waves powering into cliffs.
Woven in with these is Lisa's haphazard museum of finds - the often strangely beautiful things she has picked up on Cornwall's shores, along with any curious or interesting findings from her subsequent research. There are some wonderful names: by-the-wind sailors, a warty venus, landlady's wig - and some extraordinary creatures in this inter-tidal world, their lives at times violent, charming and bizarre.
There is much of the evocative and often mysterious language of the sea, with some beautiful old Cornish words and phrases: a lot of portents of bad weather - the sun-dog, the weather-eye, graving clouds - and a telling number to describe a fine misty drizzle.
There is, too, the odd maritime legend - fog-shrouded spirits foretelling storms, lost lands and legendary floods - and some wonderful oceanographers' research: a science of washed up trainers, bath ducks, and fisherman's boots lost at sea.