St Michael's Mount at Night

The Story Behind the Image - St Michael's Mount at Night

A cobbled causeway leads across Mount's Bay, Cornwall, to St Michael's Mount, a medieval castle reachable only at low tide. The castle is illuminated at night and is visible from nearby Penzance.

What a glorious location! I have visited St Michael's Mount on numerous occasions and I can't wait to go back. On a long summer evening, there is no place better to be than standing on the causeway that leads to the Mount and photographing as the sun goes down and the castle illuminations start to give the medieval walls a golden glow.


On this occasion, I made a special trip to Marazion to photograph the castle. I gave myself three days and stayed at a lovely bed and breakfast within sight of the castle island.

I captured this view on my first evening by waiting until the sun had completely disappeared (and, by that time so had all the other photographers drawn like lemmings to the causeway!)

With the causeway to myself, I set up my tripod at the very edge of the water and managed to get this photo before the tide started lapping at my feet and I was forced to beat a hasty retreat.

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