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11/10/2010

Winter Sun, Isles of Scilly, Cornwall, United Kingdom


This photo was taken on the Isles of Scilly (Syllan) which form an archipelago off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain.
The Isles of Scilly form an archipelago of five inhabited islands and numerous other small rocky islets (around 140 in total) lying 45 km off Land's End. They are all composed of granite rock of late Carboniferous age. The table provides an overview of the most important islands:
The islands' position produces a place of great contrast—the ameliorating effect of the sea means they rarely have frost or snow, which allows local farmers to grow flowers well ahead of those in mainland Britain. The chief agricultural product is cut flowers, mostly daffodils. Exposure to Atlantic winds means that spectacular winter gales lash the islands from time to time. This is reflected in the landscape, most clearly seen on Tresco where the lush sub-tropical Abbey Gardens on the sheltered southern end of the island contrast with the low heather and bare rock sculpted by the wind on the exposed northern end.

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