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Breeze

Fishing boats are lovely splashes of colour on a winter’s day. I love the way the boat colours match not only the buoys but the amusement arcades in the distance, and how the rope leads your eye towards them.

It’s a magical time when the tide goes out and you get a lovely squelchy playground to explore, including these colourful little fishing boats that you can walk right up to. Flash forward a few hours and they will be totally inaccessible. When you see them bobbing up and down on the water, reclaimed as perches by smug seagulls, you’ll think it was all just a surreal dream that you had walked amongst them the very same day.

I have learned that when the tide does come back in it does so very quickly. It is easy to be cut off if you focus too much on taking photos and forget to watch the tide. Fortunately it hasn’t happened to me as yet, though I have had a couple of close calls.

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A Winter’s Day on Westbay Beach

It was another beautiful winter’s day, which made my late afternoon walk all the more enjoyable. Until this lockdown I’ve not spent much time on Westgate’s beaches. It has been my loss as Westbay beach is simply stunning when the tide is out. I love the fact that lockdown gives you both the time and the patience to observe the intricacies of what is around you. Today I enjoyed the perfect ridges on the beach caused by the tide, the abandoned shells that the sea left behind when it went back out again, and the thousands of sand castings (aka worm poop!)

The 20th century American author William Faulkner once said of his writing: “I discovered that my own little postage stamp of native soil was worth writing about and that I would never live long enough to exhaust it.” I’m beginning to think the same, visually, about my adopted area of soil, sand and sea.

Each day the combination of sun and clouds will be different, creating different light patterns and reflections on the sea. The wind will affect the surface of the sea, which will be at different points of being in or out. The position of the sun will be different, even if I were to head to the same spot at the same time. Sometimes you see both the sun and the moon at the same time.

There will be different shells and driftwood on the beach, and different formations of seaweed. Different people will be walking the beach, wearing different clothes. Different types of dogs will be running along the sands or swimming in the sea, chasing different coloured balls. I’ll see different varieties of seagulls, sometimes a cormorant, other times turnstones or sand pipers, occasionally an egret or a heron.

I can go on, but you’ll get the picture. And so will I, every time I step outside my door with my camera. Because, as sure as the tide comes in and goes out, there’s always something to worth photographing, rain or shine.

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