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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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Coastal Zen

Just a little moment of coastal tranquility – a seagull perched on a coastal marker with a ship anchored in the distance. Calm, turquoise waters, a pastel blue sky and a gentle reflection. That is all.

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Incoming Tide

This is one of those gentle coastal pictures where I like to think that less is more. I love the simplicity of it.

It wasn’t taken today; indeed the sea has been fierce today, and also a rather unbecoming shade of brown. I guess it wasn’t a day for pretty, tranquil sea, with the turmoil going on around us, culminating with the announcement of another National lockdown from midnight.

The tide was definitely coming in when I took the picture. One second the jetty was clear; the next I had to run back to shore to stop my feet from getting soaked. So maybe it is an apt image for today in spite of its serenity. It reminds us that the tide may come in but it will always go out again, without fail. And so too will this time of such sadness, loneliness and self-sacrifice eventually, pass. Until then we just have to stay at home and keep our feet dry.

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Lockdown 2 Day 6

Sometimes less in more. This was the view from my flat in Margate this morning. I’ve seen some spectacular sunset shots from my flat window, but sometimes it’s just the tranquillity of the mercury sea during the day-time that quietly takes my breath away.