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Dark Passage

Me: “What shall I call your bottom?”

@19syllables: “Dark passage!”

This was the final location on mine and @19syllables’s day trip to Margate at the end of June. The Shell Grotto is a great mystery. A deep and narrow underground passage winding 70 feet down to chamber and decorated with 4.6 million shells. A tiny space where it would seem foolhardy to get naked, for sure. But the echoes of visitors descending the stairs to the passageway are heard long before you see them so why not? I’ve been saving this one for today to mark the birthday girl’s latest orbit of the sun.

Sinful Sunday


  1. Fantastic.
    Such a surreal spot!

  2. What a wonderful image and a gorgeous location to have your photo taken x

  3. Stunning – both the composition and the subject

  4. Wow, I absolutely love this, it reminds me of a Baroque nude painting, fantastic location!

  5. Absolutely stunning! Subject and setting…
    Indie xx
    (Now I have to look up Margate to see if I can fit a visit into the grotto it looks amazing!)
    Indie xx

  6. Such a gorgeous photo . . . and bottom !!!
    And a wonderful location too.
    LOVE this !!!
    Xxx – K

  7. Breathtaking, as is always the result when you two get together! 19syllables is luminous, the lighting is mysterious and the texture of the shells is amazing. It really looks like she’s heading into some dark mer-Prince’s mysterious lair or something. Wonderful photo!!

  8. What an amazing place. I need to visit!

  9. Stunning place for images! Love this one!
    Rebel xox

  10. this is so surreal and almost spooky – you look like a classical Muse or an Oracle. This is a stunning photo – frame-worthy for sure!

  11. The grotto is an interesting and lovely place – more so with 19S like this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. This is stunning. You look so beautiful and the setting is a spectacular backdrop ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. There is, oddly, a shell grotto near to us in Herts which is the largest grotto in the UK. We paid it a visit with the intention of taking picture but damn was the place busy and also there was barely any light. Your grotto looks like it was much more suitable for such shenanigans.

  14. Opps and I almost missed the most important thing… A very happy naked birthday to the lovely 19 syllables. You have definitely captured her in all her beautiful glory

  15. Glorious picture of Haiku! Am I the only one wondering what all those seashells would feel like against my naked skin pressed against the walls? …. anyway
    I love it.
    Missy x

  16. I looked at his an immediately thought, “Botticelli.” This is so ornate and wonderful.

  17. Breathtaking natural beauty!

  18. victoriablisseuk

    August 13, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Such a beautiful artwork, this is a story starter of an image for sure.

  19. I completely missed the shells, I believe someone was distracting me! What an amazing location which has made me even more determined to pop down for a visit.
    A very Happy Birthday to @19syllables!

  20. you should submit this to Kayla’s MM prompt. It’s stunning x

  21. An atmospheric and mysterious location, and a gorgeous subject.

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