Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Sea mist

At low water and on a very still morning, the pier sometimes makes great reflections in the sea.  It did again today but I was too slow.  There was a slight breeze just sufficient to ripple the sea and to spoil the reflections.  It's not the most attractive pier in the world and needs all the help it can get.

I did see what I took to be a bird diving, but it didn't move at all when the rest of the birds did, so could it be a wreck?  Next low tide I'll have to take a closer look.  We have more than our fair share of wrecks in these waters but I've never noticed this before.

In spite of the sea mists which really haven't lifted for 24 hours, the cliffs still catch what little sunlight there is.  I don't think, even if you click on the picture, you will be able to see a family on the beach and two or three swimmers.  The village on the beach below the cliffs is Kingsdown, a 30-40 minute walk from here.  Pity the pub doesn't serve better food.

Another swimmer here, striding out with determination and what looked like a briefcase under his arm.  Maybe it was a towel.

All this time I could hear engines of ships passing by, but I couldn't see them at all, only this lone yacht making it's way slowly south down the English Channel.  To some real sunshine, I hope.


  1. Beautiful photo-essay, A. I particularly like the last photo -- the vessel in it looks like the yacht equivalent of the Flying Dutchman! ;b

  2. The fog comes
    on little cat feet.

    It sits looking
    over harbor and city
    on silent haunches
    and then moves on.

    (Mists, he meant)

  3. That was you at your best A.
    The pics were fabulous, almost like being there. I could hear the seagulls around that wreck, (if you have not seen it before maybe it just happened! You should have dived in to see!) I could smell the sea, and it was a great post.

  4. @YTSL, thank you. I thought that last one looked nicely ghostly. :)

    @Max, I love the poem. I think I've heard it somewhere before but it's definitely not one I know from school - which is more or less the only place I learnt poetry.

    @Adullamite, you are kind. :) The waters don't appeal to me too much but I'll have a look at low tide, from a safe distance.


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