I was driving the North Cliffs in my motorhome the other day, thinking about my little project and how long it’s going to take me. I realised with how long it’s going to take, that I should probably give it a name. So I came up with one. The Cornish Golden Hour Project.

Storm clouds allow the Sun to show through on the horizon adding streaks of purple to the darkened skies. At Crooklets, Bude.

Storm clouds allow the Sun to show through on the horizon adding streaks of purple to the darkened skies. At Crooklets, Bude.

The aim has been to travel the coast of Cornwall and capture the sunrises and sunsets from all around the County. I’ve been at it for pretty much a year now and still have plenty of places to tick off on my list.

"Take Time to Reflect" - A burning fiery sunset reflects over the rocks. At Perranporth.

“Take Time to Reflect” – A burning fiery sunset reflects over the rocks. At Perranporth.

Last year I covered a few south coast spots for sunrise. The only two I was really happy with I think were Pendower and Charlestown. Most of the other spots I visited I got unlucky with. The weather was always raining or too cloudy. This year, the Sun will soon be rising at a half decent time for actually being awake, so I’ll be hitting all the south coast spots with a vengeance again very soon.

"Mawgan Porth Mirrors" - The sun sets over the rippled sands. Glassy water sheens and stains the sands with the mirrored reflection of the sun kissed skies. At Mawgan Porth.

“Mawgan Porth Mirrors” – The sun sets over the rippled sands. Glassy water sheens and stains the sands with the mirrored reflection of the sun kissed skies. At Mawgan Porth.

This year on the North Coast however, I’ve smashed out loads of locations for the sunset. I’ve covered Bude, Trebarwith Strand, Trevose Head, Bedruthan Steps, Mawgan Porth, Watergate Bay, Holywell Bay, Perranporth, St Agnes, Porthtowan, Portreath, North Cliffs, Fisherman’s Cove, Godrevy, Botallack, and more where it didn’t quite work out so I’ll have to be trying those all over again. Even with all of those locations covered more or less, I’ve still missed out large chunks of the coast. So I still have plenty to do!

"Scorched Skies" - The Sun scorches the sky and lays its reflection on the sea covered sand banks. At Porthtowan.

“Scorched Skies” – The Sun scorches the sky and lays its reflection on the sea covered sand banks. At Porthtowan.

But I’m still loving it! If I had a bit more money (and a working shower in the van), I’d go for longer stints. I’d maybe even fork out for some of the brutal parking charges, but overall, I still think it’s going pretty well. The whole project is broadening my knowledge of the Cornish coast and my photo count is well into the tens of thousands!

"Path to the Sun" - The sun settles into the sea, illuminating the water and sands with colour. At Chapel Porth.

“Path to the Sun” – The sun settles into the sea, illuminating the water and sands with colour. At Chapel Porth.

I’m really looking forward to my ‘sunrise season’, and I hope it comes up trumps. I’m not quite sure how long The Cornish Golden Hour Project will take. Maybe it’ll never quite be completely finished because of how many amazing spots we have down here. I do, however, intend to cover the vast majority of our gorgeous coast as quickly as I can.

"Between a Rock and a Hard Place" - A moody orange sunset silhouetting the rocks. Waves lap the cliffs and wash messed up to the shore. At Holywell Bay.

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place” – A moody orange sunset silhouetting the rocks. Waves lap the cliffs and wash messed up to the shore. At Holywell Bay.

I hope you enjoy The Cornish Golden Hour Project as much as I do! If you do, sign up to the newsletter to keep up to date with the latest goings on. The newsletter will properly start in October. Once it’s going, there will be a draw with all the subscribers entered every month. The winner of the draw will win a 20” x 30” canvas of their choice.

"Amethysts and Rubies" - A long exposure brings out the amazing colours of this sunset. The sky lights up in ruby reds with the water reflecting amethyst purples. An absolutely stunning view, enough to bring goosebumps to the surface. An amazing treat that doesn’t happen all too often! At Chapel Porth.

“Amethysts and Rubies” – A long exposure brings out the amazing colours of this sunset. The sky lights up in ruby reds with the water reflecting amethyst purples. An absolutely stunning view, enough to bring goosebumps to the surface. An amazing treat that doesn’t happen all too often! At Chapel Porth.

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