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!)
In low light the colours are less true to life.
The weather and the tide alter seaside views. These photos were all taken in May and June 2020, some on consecutive days. Early May was very dry and warmer than usual, but there was some very windy weather at the time these were taken. There has been cooler weather so far in June with a cold wind at times.
A very windy day
It is often very windy on the Cumbrian coast. The day before Storm Ciara arrived the wind was already blowing strongly. With the onshore wind a storm surge of 2 metres (over 6 feet) was predicted. The sea defences above the lower promenade are about 4 feet high. There are gaps where the paths and the lifeboat ramp cross from higher up the foreshore. The debris left after the storm shows the highest point reached by the tide. The size of some of the pebbles thrown up by the sea is frightening – a less obvious reason to stand well back than the chance of being swept away.
In recent months the beck has carved out a path along the bottom of the cliffs. Storm Ciara filled it in, leaving the beck to find a new route to the sea, percolating through the shingle.
Foamy sea on Saturday morning
Through a streaming window
Beck dammed by pebbles
Old route of beck
Tide-line and upper promenade
The winds have continued for days. By the time this post is published we will be being battered by Storm Dennis, following a few days behind Storm Ciara.
My sympathies are with those living inland, who have been affected by flooding and/or disruption to water supplies or electricity outages. Surprisingly our power went off and was restored in the early hours of Saturday before the worst of the weather. We should not take the work of the engineers for granted. They work outside in some appalling weather conditions.