Sunset at the Pier

Posted by Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 21 September 2007 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

This photo was taken at Southport beach on the NW coast of England which is a few miles from where I grew up.

The pier dates from the 1850s and 60s. It is over 1,100m in length and is the oldest surviving pier in Britain constructed from iron. It has been restored in recent years after local council proposals to demolish it in 1999 were narrowly defeated by 1 vote.

I hope you think, like me, that it is beautiful. Sunsets on the beach wouldn't be the same without it.

Thanks all of you for the lovely comments on this photo - the response was overwhelming!

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kaddy from Mumbai, India

gr8 shot...nice work!!!

21 Sep 2007 6:42am

@kaddy: Thanks kaddy!

Claus Petersen from Herfølge, Denmark

Good angle and beautiful composition, and the warm colours gives the abandond scene alot of life!

21 Sep 2007 7:39am

@Claus Petersen: Thanks Claus! - I was really pleased with the way the colours turned out.

Lost Valley View from Canada

It certainly is a beautiful pier!!! What a gorgeous picture.

21 Sep 2007 9:51am

@Lost Valley View: Thanks Lost Valley!

eksir from malayer, Iran

wow! great shot

21 Sep 2007 10:46am

@eksir: Thanks eksir!

Susan from Detroit, United States

Wonderful sunset and bridge!

21 Sep 2007 10:54am

@Susan: Thanks Susan!

Dhini from Dordrecht, Netherlands

Wonderful and nice color

21 Sep 2007 11:00am

@Dhini: Hi Dhini - I'm pleased you liked the colour!

Brian from United States

I love piers! I grew up in a town with a semi-derelict pier. It has since been demolished. Thanks for this reminder of just how wonderful piers can be!

21 Sep 2007 1:31pm

@Brian: Thanks Brian!

Shahab from Qazvin, Iran

Awesome atmospheric shot!

21 Sep 2007 1:34pm

@Shahab: Thanks Shahab!

yanle from Singapore

thank god for that one vote.

21 Sep 2007 2:01pm

@yanle: Hi yanle - close call wasn't it!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I hope you had a party for that vote. Wonderful looking pier. You make it look like it stretches to eternity.

21 Sep 2007 2:14pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks Michael! - Its difficult for me to imagine the beach without the Pier - i'm so glad it didn't get demolished!

Rachel from United States

wonderful colors and contrast! this is beautiful!

21 Sep 2007 2:14pm

@Rachel: Thanks Rachel - I'm so pleased you liked it!

rudy from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

it's really-really beautiful..

21 Sep 2007 4:14pm

@rudy: Thanks rudy!

Michael from Wuppertal, Germany

Ian, this one´s so stunning! Magnificent color and a stunning atmosphere!

21 Sep 2007 4:21pm

Stan Fleming from Maine from United States

WOW - beautiful ................
Great Photo

21 Sep 2007 4:25pm

@Stan Fleming from Maine: Thanks Stan!

Silvia from Steyr, Austria

WOW, Wunderschönes Foto, sehr schöne Farben!

21 Sep 2007 4:52pm

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I love sunsets and this is an amazing one, beautifully captured, the colours and the silhouette of the pier are georgous!

21 Sep 2007 10:25pm

Steve from Hellam, United States

Really powerful shot...I love the reflected colors

21 Sep 2007 11:36pm

lissa from New York, United States

The pier looks great - I like the round curves of the structures. Beautiful shot.

22 Sep 2007 12:18am

irvin from Czerwionka-Leszczyny, Poland

Beautiful shot! Perspective and colours are great!

22 Sep 2007 1:40am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful shot, great!

22 Sep 2007 3:03am

Barbara from United States

Very beautiful shot! I love the pier structure silhouette against the colorful sky. I almost posted a somewhat similar shot last night, different pier of course. But yours is a remarkable shot. Well done.

22 Sep 2007 3:31am

Barbara from United States

I must post again, now reading the photo caption. Incredible story. How could they consider destroying such history that adds to the beautiful of the landscape, and certainly photos like yours.
It proves every vote counts. I am pleased it still stands.

22 Sep 2007 3:33am

miu* from GA, United States

What a gorgeous sunset it is!
The arch over the bridge is so unique.

22 Sep 2007 3:43am

Putter from Belgium

Impressive shot!

22 Sep 2007 9:07am

Bernard from Melbourne, Australia

Magnificent pier, I particular like the elegant curved structure silhouetted against that brilliant sky. Great shot Ian.
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23 Sep 2007 1:19am

aggie from Singapore, Singapore

Perfect timing, Ian. A brilliant sunset complemented by a stunning silhoutte of the pier. This one should grace the photo art galleries!

23 Sep 2007 1:30pm

Xuan from Singapore

impressive shot!!! the mood and settings are all there!!!

24 Sep 2007 10:51am

Eleftheria, 9 years old, from Athens, Greece

Simply amazing!!!!!

24 Sep 2007 9:43pm

@Eleftheria, 9 years old,: Thanks Eletheria! - I liked your welding shot from a few days ago!

Josh from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

True Serenity!

25 Sep 2007 6:16am

@Josh: Thanks Josh!

aaxan from Tokyo, Japan

I like this one a lot. the colour, the shape of the clouds, the contrast, they are all amazing. Well done!

25 Sep 2007 11:40am

@aaxan: thanks aaxan!

Claus from Herfølge, Denmark

Really wonderful shot, the warm tones and strong silhouette makes for a very beautiful image!

27 Jun 2008 8:37am

Mary from Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom

fantastic shot

1 Sep 2008 7:04pm

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