Wednesday, August 24, 2016

A Successful Swim


This small blue butterfly was fluttering around
on the cliffs as I made my way
back up after my swim
 I got up early this morning, despite it being my day off, for a swim. The weather forecast was for a bit of a scorcher, plus the tide was on it's way in, so I was down on the beach just before eight o'clock, to make the most of the cooler early morning temperatures and not so blazing sun.
 I was very pleased to note that the sea was calm, unlike last week when I was thwarted from swimming by too rough a sea, and a very high tide. I'll post photos from the unsuccessful swim in a day or two as I can't be arsed to resize those photos at the mo (there are rather a lot).

 As usual, I went to the east beach at Overstrand (but didn't walk to Sidestrand, this time) and was undisturbed by humans until I'd finished my swim. Rather vexingly some woman on a bike(!) cycled along the beach right when I was about to get dressed, so I had to get out of my square-cut trunks and into my pants with my towel wrapped around me.
 Anyway, on with the show:

A rather atmospheric shot of one of the ubiquitous ships plying the North Sea

Reflected sunshine

Overstrand east beach

Sidestrand and Trimingham thataway

Seagulls. And somewhere around is an egret. Although I don't think it's in this photo

Another bloody ship. Ooh! I can see its poop deck!

Ah, those seagulls have started to wake up

Splash

Influencing the tides, are we?

With a bit of squinting (a lot), this could almost be the Vasquez Rocks

A lone seagull amidst the glittering sea

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 As the tide wasn't all the way in like the last few times I've gone to the beach, there was plenty of sand on show. I took some photos of the ripples left after the last outgoing tide: 



I like this one best

 

15 comments:

  1. Poop deck?I think sailors call it "the heads" (I expect Mr LX will set us straight)

    I love your beach shots, especially bare beaches. We see 6 people on "our" beach and think it's an influx of tourists!

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    1. Ha! A rather amusing pun :) Uh, oh. LẌ is here...

      But before we get to him: Urgh! The thought of having to share a beach with 6 people is filling me with horror.

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  2. Your favorite sand ripples pix reminds me of Sahara dunes. Now I must watch The Flight of the Phoenix (both versions) this evening!

    Pedantic Corner: The poop deck and head have entirely different purposes. One could get in a lot of trouble for confusing the two!

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    1. I've never seen either. Although, isn't Dennis Quaid in one of them? If so, perhaps I should?

      I can imagine a very cross captain upon discovering that someone had used the poop deck for it's literal useage!

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    2. I personally recommend the 1965 version. Yes, Quaid is in the 2004 remake.

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  3. I was that woman on the bike..... and it was quite a show!
    Sx

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    1. Dratted breeze blowing my towel about...

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  4. ....and it rained here today....
    Sx

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    1. If it's any consolation, yesterday afternoon and this morning has us wreathed in sea mist.

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  5. What stunning fotos of the beautiful, natural waves of sand, carved out by winds & tides. These are fantastic shots! It's quite breathtaking to see the sculpted sands before the endless horizon.

    Perhaps the cycling interloper was inspired to train for the next Olympics. I usually sit on a towel if I'm driving from the beach. But if I'm walking, I wear the wet swim shorts & let them air dry. I've learned not to rush changing at the beach because all that sand gets into everything, including the changed, dry shorts!

    I am not a big fan of seagulls--flying rats! About the only thing that bothers me more than noisy tourists are pesky seagulls. But you managed to make them look calm, serene. The half moon shots are mysterious & bewitching, as is the wonderful reflection of the sun. The foggy boat is eerily captivating. And that blue butterfly is gorgeous! What a beautiful, resplendent blue!


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    1. If I had legs like yours, I'd walk or cycle home in wet swim shorts, too. However... Well, you've seen my legs, haven't you?!

      Those seagulls are pesky indeed. Once the tourists are about, they tend to congregate and dive-bomb them for food or target practice!

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  6. At least we are not swimming at Camber Sands. What the hell is going on there? Strange rip currents have been reported off the beaches this way by experienced swimmers.... odd happenings.... it's The Day After Tomorrow all over again. Take care Mr Devine.
    Sx

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    1. Blimey! I've just googled Camber Sands (having not seen any news for ages) - How awful.
      I expect we'll wake up tomorrow under 10 feet of snow. I don't suppose you happen to have Dennis Quaid's or Jake Gyllenhaal's numbers, do you?

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  7. But of course! You are welcome to my cast offs *gives Aidan Turner an appreciative glance*.
    Just so you know, it's pissing down right now!
    Sx

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    1. Ha! THat'll teach you to brag.

      ::notes that the mist is evaporating under a blazing sun::

      ::not blazing, candlelike::

      Hmmph!

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