Archive for the ‘Environment’ Tag

Strong Winds 3   6 comments

Finally, a couple more pictures from the other side of the Harbour Arm. The trick here was to get some photographs before the lens got covered in spray. It’s exhilarating being so close, hearing the waves crashing and feeling the spray on your face (and tasting the salt when you lick your lips).

Not all of the fishing fleet was in, you can see the drag marks of a few of the boats to the left. When you need to make a living a bit of wind doesn’t get in the way.

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Strong Winds 2   6 comments

Following the photos I took in my last post, I walked closer to the Harbour Arm. Here the incoming waves are forced into the dead end it makes and increase in size and force, creating the drama seen here.

Strong Winds 1   9 comments

This week has seen some strong winds and showers, so I went down to the beach on the way to work to take some pictures. I like the sense of motion in this one.

In this shot I wanted to convey how small the beach looks when the sea is as rough as it was today.

Bluebells   6 comments

This time last year my local woods were a sea of blue, so I was looking forward to seeing a similar display this year. Sadly the erratic weather we have had has impacted on the numbers of bluebells that have flowered. It is still very pretty though. Even better than that is, being the massive cheapskate that I am, I don’t have to pay an entrance fee like you do at some privately owned woods.

White Wood Anemones also known as the The White Goddess compliment the display. Bluebells are often one of the indicator species of ancient woodland.

The UK is estimated to be home to up to 50% of all the world’s natural bluebells. I’m lucky to have them right on my doorstep.

Distant Rain   5 comments

The past 17 months have seen the driest conditions on record in the East of England, and the South East isn’t fairing much better. This report from the Environment Agency shows that river flow, reservoir and ground water levels are well below what is considered normal. The report suggests the measures that might need to be taken if we do not get significant rainfall in the near future, with vague terms such as ‘customer restrictions’ and ‘efficiency education’ being mentioned. I don’t think we are near the Great Drought of 1976 yet, but if this goes on for a few more months that may change.

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