Wood on a beach

Beaches are usually sand or pebbles. Sometimes there are other things on a beach. The tides recently uncovered some wood on the beach. I have heard that a prehistoric forest is sometimes exposed. There are also the remains of supports for a telegraph system to the Isle of Man.

My knowledge of this is very limited, but here are some photos.

Fleswick Bay revisited

On the first bright autumnal day in September we packed a picnic lunch and walked to Fleswick Bay. (Please click the link to see an earlier post.) The path up St Bees Head and onward towards Whitehaven was fairly busy with holiday-makers and a few local people. It was a calm day with the tide going out.

I have selected a few of the snaps I took. The slideshow begins with the Cumbrian mountains in the distance. The best opening remark (from a stranger we met) must surely be, ‘Have you saved some of the beauty for us?’

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We had not equipped ourselves for litter-picking and had to leave the few plastic bottles we noticed. We could not resist removing a balloon, which was still inflated and bore the words ‘Grandpa Ned’. Balloons are a particular risk to wildlife and farm animals. It is a pity that releasing them is a popular way of celebrating or commemorating loved ones. Planting a tree or sponsoring a nature project is longer-lasting and beneficial.

The coastline (known as the Colourful coast) is managed by the National Trust and Cumbria County Council. There is also a nature reserve for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds  (RSPB).

Another evening walk

Now the days are becoming shorter there is a smaller window of time for a daylight evening walk. The evening I took these photos the weather forecast gave 7:45 as the time for the sun to set locally. The photos in this post were taken between 7:34 and 7:40. The first was taken from a low vantage point, the others as we climbed and walked away from the sunset. (I kept turning round to check the view!)

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In low light the colours are less true to life.