Its Saturday…. so lets have another Virtual Day Out

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Sunderland Point, River Lune, Morecambe Bay, Lancashire

On the northern shoreline of the River Lune Estuary, where it exits into the wider Morecambe Bay, are these Salt Marches.  At high tide they flood right up to the houses you can see above.  This twice daily phenomena of tides make Sunderland Point rather unique.  It is part of the mainland, not an island, but only assessable between tides.

To be strictly accurate, Sunderland Point is actually the tip of this peninsula.  It is the village that holds the name of Sunderland.

I love this location both for its history and it natural beauty.  Sea Birds,  including lots of Waders feed on these marshes.  As each tide arrives it drives the birds towards you, a great experience to witness.

But let me explain the history.  Sunderland was developed into a coastal Port for the City of Lancaster which lies upstream on the Lune.  It was thought that this would avoid ships having to navigate the tidal river, so speeding up turn round..  Here they could be beached and loaded or unloaded directly into carts at low water.  The Harbour as such was built in the early 1700’s.  Fortune didn’t favour Sunderland and before the end of that century the port  was largely redundant.

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Waiting for the Tide to Turn…..

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Skippool Creek, Wyre Estuary, Lancashire Coast

I guess we are all waiting for the tide of the pandemic to turn.  The only difference is that with the tides of the sea, there is a chance for a fresh start…… twice each day.  Our wait, for the tide of the CV19 virus  to turn, is going to be a while longer. 

In the mean time…..

Please Remember to ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

20th February

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Spring Tides Ease for Another Month

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A Spring Tide at Skippool Creek, River Wyre, Lancashire

Another Full Moon phase is passing and with it another cycle of Spring tides eases.  After all the high winds and heavy rains, it will come as some relief to those arround our coast who feel threatened by rising water levels.

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

2nd February

(C) David Oakes 2021

 

Wordless Wednesday…… Another Favourite Place

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Location: –  Lune Light, Morecambe Bay from Cockerham Sands, Lancashire

It may well be Wordless Wednesday…… But we cannot let the passing of September go without some comment.  Indeed, it is a positive comment as September,  for the most part,  has been more like summer than summer itself.  You could say that summer was topped and tailed by a great Spring and now a great September.  

September is also the time that I associate with sunsets.  They suddenly seem much more intense an intensity which I think is helped by the arrival of colder evenings.  

As for my favourite places…..  The Lune Light, used to mark the entry into the River Lune from the wide expanse of Morecambe Bay, seen here from Cockerham Sands, it just has to be near the top of my list. 

Where ever you are……

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

30th September

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wave like… just like the Ocean

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The Saltmarsh at Stanah, on the Wyre Estuary, Lancashire

I have been accused of wasting time on many an occasion…usually when I am lost in thought, just gazing at something or even nothing.  Sometimes, it is because that something, is rather mesmerising (and some including me say soothing). As autumn colours the reeds and grasses over the Saltmarsh, they move and sway just like the ever-changing waves on the sea.  Rise and fall and a flow just like an incoming tide. Just like the oceans the wind dictates the speed and drama.

So why not let nature sooth away some of today’s wows…

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

22nd September

(C) David Oakes 2020