Landscapes Part One

So throughout my blog you have seen lots of photos. Every so often I will include a post that is not much more than photos, like this one! This Island has some incredible landscapes, animals, plants, people and buildings and I hope to capture that in my images. Ive not had great opportunity thus far to get out in good light (golden hour) and with a tripod, so these images are all handheld in the middle of generally overcast days but I hope they give an impression of the magnificent landscape that is St Helena.

Looking back towards New Ground, a leafy suburb of Half Tree Hololw

Looking back towards New Ground, a leafy suburb of Half Tree Hololw

Mount Etenity Ridge with Half Tree Hollow and The Fort in the Background

Mount Etenity Ridge with Half Tree Hollow and The Fort in the Background

These images are all captured around one small part of the Island namely Half Tree Hollow, Lemon Valley and Mount Eternity I hope they show the diversity of landscape and flora on the Island with all of these views within 2 miles of each other.

The start of the ridge of Mount Eternity. Too narrow to take the boys with us today!

The start of the ridge of Mount Eternity. Too narrow to take the boys with us today!

The Island of St Helena is the remnants of two extinct volcanoes, which formed the Island through a long succession of eruptions lasting millions of years and finally dying out around 7 million years ago. The Island as we see it today is actually the tiny peak of a huge mountain stretching over 5000 meters down to the seafloor and over 130km across at its base.

Mount Eternity Ridge. A sharp, Crib Goch type ridge hat I cant wait to explore.

Mount Eternity Ridge. A sharp, Crib Goch type ridge hat I cant wait to explore.

Since that last eruption, erosion and weathering have reduced the high of the Islands peaks and cut away at its sides creating truncated spurs, huge cliffs which get wider and taller year on year. Freshwater streams cut down through the layers of rock, ash and soil to create an incredible topography of sharp ridges and deep valleys all across this stunning landscape.

This is the view from the back of our house. A small church perched on top of a hill of Cacti

This is the view from the back of our house. A small church perched on top of a hill of Cacti

3 thoughts on “Landscapes Part One

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  2. Well there you all are! The Tysons in St Helena! How brilliant! I have signed up to follow your blog 🙂 it seems slightly more interesting than two years in Dale Street or two days for that matter haha! Glad to see you are all well. FYI the octopus has been named Alan 🙂 x

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