Storm Ciara

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.

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.

Vanishing point shadows

From time to time something catches my eye when I am out and about with my phone. I take a photo, then I notice something different about the same subject so I take another and build up a small collection.

A few years ago I became fascinated by a particular bridge. I took loads of photos, which I haven’t shared here.

More recently (after struggling to find an example of vanishing point for the Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge) I noticed the shadows of a fence along the side of a fairly long road between fields. I have decided to post some of those this week. The height of the sun (and hence the length of the shadows) varies at different times of day and seasons. 

Notice how the shadows follow the curve of the road. At the bend there is a bridge with metal railings, which cast a different shadow.

Some days are not bright enough for shadows!

Incidentally the next Blogging from A to Z Challenge is in April. Will you be taking part?

On the Hunt for Joy – Week 5 – Count Chimneys

Ceen Neuner’s On the Hunt for Joy challenge this week is to count chimneys.

There are some very interesting shapes of chimneys. It can be awkward to find a good vantage point to catch the light and distinguish between the individual chimney pots. Many of these chimneys are left over from before central heating was installed. Others may still be connected to an open grate or a wood-burning stove. Some may have been lined to keep fumes from a gas fire or boiler from entering the building. Most of my photos have been cropped. Can you spot the weather vane?