DP WordPress Photo Challenge – Zigzag

The challenge this week is the zigzag, a switchback in the mountains perhaps, or a pattern. I immediately thought of a slate wall I saw in Tintagel on the North Cornwall Coast, which led me on a journey through my visit there. Tintagel, according to Monmouth and Malory the keep of the Duke of Cornwall and birthplace of King Arthur. Merlin’s Cave rests below it on the shore, the ocean beating at it, carving it. Far above, the medieval keep lies on its stony bed, eminently defensible, incredibly beautiful in aspect. But the focus here is the pattern, the zigzag.

The zigzag of this wall, made from Cornwall slate, caught me from the moment I saw it.
Fashioned of Cornwall slate, this wall caught me from the moment I saw it.

Man imitates nature ….

Like the ocean waves, the walls zig and zag along the village lane.
Like the ocean waves, the walls zig and zag along the village lane.
The surf dances around the promontory, weaving and darting.
The surf dances around the promontory, weaving and darting.

The local historic architecture at times seems to mimic the natural lines of the Cornwall Coast.

The coast ripples deeply , a gigantic zigzag on the Celtic Sea.
The coast ripples deeply , a gigantic zigzag on the Celtic Sea.
Built in the 14th century, this farmhouse was the licensed letter receiving depot in the Victorian period.
Built in the 14th century, this farmhouse was the licensed letter receiving depot in the Victorian period.

At Tintagel Castle, the same holds true.

Outside the cave known as Merlin's Cave, the volcanic rock that makes up the coastline here ducks and weaves around the water as it falls.
Outside the cave known as Merlin’s Cave, the volcanic rock that makes up the coastline here ducks and weaves around the water as it falls.
Once solid and square, the remains of this window now resembles the view it has overlooked
Once solid and square, this window now resembles the view it has overlooked for perhaps 1,000 years.
The rugged and captivating coastline is beautifull y framed by the granite door. What you don't see is the switchback flight of narrow steps that zigzags down the cliff face. Luckily, these days there's a railing.
The rugged and captivating coastline is beautifully framed by the granite door. What you don’t see is the switchback flight of narrow steps that zigzags down the cliff face. Luckily, these days there’s a railing.

I love the Cornwall coast; fell in love with it almost 30 years ago when I first saw it. My heart is at home there, with its crags, zigs and zags.

For more takes on Zigzags, click on this link to DP Word Press Photo Challenge – Zigzag.

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