Waiting for the Tide…….


Skippool Creek, Lancashire

Waiting for the tide. Here at Skippool Creek on the River Wyre in Lancashire, the high tide is necessary for boats to be able to make the run downstream to Morecambe Bay and open waters. Like much of our country and coastline, many tranquil places, were once the hive of industry and commerce.  Skippool Creek,  was just one of many ‘ports’ along the Wyre.  All so small that it is hard to imagine there importance.  Sailing ships heading off to the Americas, with travellers and adventurers  seeking new lives in far off destinations.

Today it is the province of  recreational yachting enthusiasts,  all very dependant upon a high tide.


Please Remember ….

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

7th July

(C) David Oakes 2020

Wordless Wednesday…… A Favourite Place


Location:-  Sunset over Morecambe Bay and River Lune from Cockerham, Lancashire

( I am breaking the Wordless Wednesday rule with a few words.  After all the miserable dark days of late I thought something with hope would be good…after all a sunset is supposed to herald good weather ahead.  As for this favourite place, well its great at any time of day, at high or low tide, always changing and always the call of Seabirds and Waders.)

19th February

(C) David Oakes 2020

Full Tide along the Creek…..


Full Tide at Skippool Creek, River Wyre, Lancashire

Every so often I have the urge to look back to this time in years past.  This image is from the 3rd January 2012 at Skippool Creek on a very high Spring Tide…. shortly after this shot I had to move further back as the tide had not reached its peak.  Doesn’t seem like 8 years ago and yet another reminder of just how fast time can vanish.

3rd January

(C) David Oakes 2020

Moody Monday……. Unsettled Weather


Rossall Point

Rossall Point, Fleetwood on Morecambe Bay, Lancashire.  At times this can be a very wild place, at others one of wild beauty with views across the bay to the distant Cumbrian Fells. The stormy weather does constantly change the shore line. Despite the many breakwaters and groynes along this part of the coast there is a constant shifting of the sands and channels. In this image you can see some wooden stumps, some times they are hidden below the shifting sands. I was told they were the wooden foundations of long gone wooden lighthouse that stood high above the tide on stilts.

As our weather has been rather unpredictable, swinging from one extreme to another, I thought this an appropriate image.  Who said this was summer!

5th August

(C) David Oakes 2019