The lighthouse, smaller than its counterpart on the Western side, sits on the end of Whitby’s East Pier. It is 55 feet high, with a lantern on top, and was built in 1854. There is a newer, less attractive light a little way beyond it which serves as the main navigation aid into the harbour.
The East cost of Yorkshire is one of the area where fossils are relatively easy to find. Not huge dinosaur bones, although sometimes it is possible to discover the remains of marine reptiles, but the more delicate and intricate sea dwellers such as ammonites and belemnites. This easily overlooked artistic celebration of the area’s pre-history can be found on a slipway on the quieter side of Whitby harbour off the East Pier.
The Eryngium, or Sea Holly, is one of the plants I would love to grow in my garden but cannot. Since it needs excellent drainage and full sunshine it cannot cope with my heavy clay soil and the abundance of trees that block the howling winds. However, this plant was one of many growing very happily at Haddon Hall in Derbyshire, its striking metallic blue stems and flowers blending effortlessly in the vibrant borders.
In the soft rock of the east coast it is quite easy to find fossil ammonites and the imprints of them left behind. This rock was just picked up off the beach, the memory of the prehistoric sea creatures etched sharply on the smooth stone – until the sea eventually erodes them away.
OK, so not exactly a window as such. This photograph was taken through a holey stone found on the beach. Tiny pebbles had gradually eroded a perfect circle in this softer rock, which I then had to play with in lieu of a proper filter!
Whitby, famed for its ruined Abbey and tales of Dracula, is an old fishing port on the east coast of Yorkshire. This photo shows the east pier at the harbour entrance along with the eastern lighthouse which was built in 1855 and stands 16.5 m high. The lighthouse shows a red fixed light whereas its taller counterpart on the western pier displays a green light.