"Evening Glow on La Cotte"

Bradley Shawn  Rabon

Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom

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This is a very familiar sight for me and a much loved one at that. I took this in the early evening as the sun was setting, giving the granite stone this gorgeous glow. This is the view from St. Brelade’s Bay across Ouaine Bay and at the granite cliffs of La Cotte, which derives it’s name from the cave there. This is in Jersey, part of the channel islands. The lovely shaped cliffs in the far distance have historical significance. It is a Paleolithic site of importance, meaning that finds have been made dating from the prehistoric Stone Age. Cotte means “cave” in old Jersey Norman language. That means that evidence has been found of Neanderthal man that once lived here, somewhere around 250,000 years ago. Information on a Wikipedia site about La Cotte states, “The Cambridge University excavations of the 1960s and 1970s found important examples of remains of Pleistocene mammals carried into La Cotte, including a pile of bones and teeth of woolly mammoth and woolly rhinoceros. Prince Charles took part (as a student) in these excavations, directed by Professor C.M.B. McBurney, which were later published. Katharine Scott, in 1980, published an article on the hunting methods used by Neanderthals at La Cotte in which she explains how they stampeded and drove the mammoths off the nearby cliffs.” Now I don’t really subscribe to the Evolutionary theory, but I do accept that the finds are true and substantial. The remains of the animals and tools, as well as remains of individuals who lived at the time goes to detail the inhabitation of the island so long ago.

This is a HDR image combining 4 bracketed shots, using Photomatix Pro for Macs, with very little adjustment of lighting in Enhance Details, part of Tone Mapping.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark ll
28-300mm IS zoom lens
1/4, 1/10, 1/15, 1/25
ISO 100

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