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Le Port St.Martin - Ile de Ré by Pamela Jayne Smith

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a delightful port on the little Ile de Ré another of Frances’ little gems taken from the top of the church tower!
This is overlooking the one part of the port the Atlantic/Bay of Biscay lovely and blue after a very grey start to the day…

Another year and another trip back to the Ile de Ré this is the Port St.Martin from the ground!

The Ile de Ré (france) is a beautiful island in the Bay of Biscay, it is accessed from mainland La Rochelle by way of a bridge (not as big as the bridge to Il d’Oleron). Once on the Island you can either walk,cycle or drive quite happily around. Most of the buildings are single storey due to the high winds and sea level. The white bungalows in the towns are added to with either blue or green shutters and doors and in June-September a plethora of Hollyhocks add to the quaintness of the towns.

BBB’s – Boats! Beaches! Bays! 9th April ’11
Featured in Harbour Life 21st March 2011
Featured in French Architecture January 09
Featured in The Compact Group 30 January 09
Featured in Victorian Viewfinders Group 3 February 09
Featured in Going Coastal Group 14 February 09

Taken with my Pentax Optio M50 as is

We live in the West of France in the Poitou Charentes region, I love where we live and take a lot of inspiration for photography from the countryside and wonderful regions around us.

I have not had any formal training and just feel comfortable behind the lens, enjoying the feeling of liberty and fun that is to be had with a camera.

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  • Peranchu
    Peranchuabout 6 years ago

    nice capture and framing indeed!

  • Thank you Peranchu :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful shot…so charming. Love those red roofs – they create a nice contrast with the whitish walls and the deep blue of the sea. I’ve done towers with stairs and they’re killers!! glad you persisted.

  • Thank you so much Wendi – once I got over the leg shakes I didn’t really want to go back down again!! The worst bit was the light to say you could go up and down didn’t seem to be working properly so we started to go down only to be pushed back up again ahhh…..

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • emolena
    emolenaabout 6 years ago

    wonderful view ,my dear Pamela! Great !

  • Thank you so kindly emolena :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • reflector
    reflectorabout 6 years ago

    A great overview and shot ! Very nice depth of tones.

  • Thank you James :) It was such a lovely day the sun only came out in the afternoon though so this was quite late on mid afternoon!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...about 6 years ago

    O Splendid photo sweetheART ;} happy hugglez beautiful

  • Thank you so much Val :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    superb work

  • Thank you Steve :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • maxy
    maxyabout 6 years ago

    Gorgeous! What a lovely view of this port – excellent colors and depth throughout!

  • Thank you so much Maxy – your comments are appreciated :)

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • rodsfotos
    rodsfotosabout 6 years ago

    A well chosen elevated viewpoint to capture this beautiful little harbour scene Pamela, wonderful colours and it looks a must visit location, well captured,
    Regards, Rod.

  • Thank you Rod for your comments :) YES it is a wonderful port to visit we stumbled upon it really and had a lovely time walking around and exploring – although we went in June before the tourist season and the price of the bridge goes up to get on to the Il de Ré but a wonderful little place we could have spent a lot more time there!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • FelicityB
    FelicityBabout 6 years ago

    What a picturesque little town – you’ll have Bubblers flocking there this summer!

  • Thank you Felicity! lol that’s a great thought and it is a lovely little town so much to see and do and lots of lovely little lanes with white houses and hollyhocks everywhere!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

  • colindove
    colindoveabout 6 years ago

    Oh boy! would I love to fill my camera with these wonderful scenes..great shot..remarkable …so filled with textures of buildings and color, with the open sea…great work..well chosen and captured
    Love it
    It is almost a painting in the making

  • Thank you Colin :) once my legs has stopped shaking I was able to take in the full glory of the view – it was stunning, especially to the sea and then the history just envelopes you when standing there!

    – Pamela Jayne Smith

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