Storm Imogen

Storm Imogen

I didn’t have time to get down to the harbour arm to witness Storm Imogen smashing against it. Instead I briefly stopped down by Azure and took some photos down there. The tide was going out, which was fortunate as it was clear that the sea had been throwing shingle and other debris up onto the promenade at high tide.

The seagulls were on the shingle, keeping low to avoid the worst of the wind. They were reluctant to fly, but some noisy walking encouraged them to take off. I could only manage to take one photo at a time before the spray from the sea started to collect on my lens. So I had to bother the gulls several times before I had a shot I was happy with.

Storm Imogen

I’ve always like the contrast between the rigid and unyielding lines of Sidney Little’s concrete promenade and the sea. The straight lines and uniformity are at odds with the waves and the spray. Storm Imogen brought the two elements much closer together than usual.

Storm Imogen 3

These photos can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.

Storm Imogen




Here are a couple of photos showing reflections of the clouds over St Leonard beach one calm evening. These were taken on the same day as the lugworming photos but have a different feel about them.

Both of these photos can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.Reflections

Sunset on the Sands

Camber Sands SunsetSunset at Camber Sands when the tide is out provides stunning views across towards Fairlight. There wasn’t any wind so the wet sand and standing water created lovely reflections. Rain was coming in from the west, and a bank of clouds were looming in the distance. This could be described as the calm before a storm, but that would be inaccurate as the weather that night couldn’t really be described as a storm. So it was the calm before the rain came.

Camber Sands Sunset

Hundreds of sea birds were wading at the water’s edge, enjoying the last few minutes of the day. There were several people on the beach too, walking their dogs or simply taking in the scenery.

These photographs of Camber Sands at sunset can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.

Camber Sands Sunset

Hunting the Lugworm

LugwormWhen the tide is out and the sand along the beach exposed, it is usual to see men on the beach carrying a shovel with them. These men are on the hunt for the lugworm. The lugworm is a marine creature that lives in a U shaped burrow in the sand. They are the type of creature that don’t really seem to have much of a purpose, other than being excellent bait for fishermen.

And that is why men go out on the beach to dig them up. You can buy lugworms from certain specialist shops, but they are not cheap. Lots of money can be saved by getting them yourself. In a way you are fishing for the bait you intend to fish with. It is not easy either.

This website spells out the techniques used to catch lugworms. Even armed with that knowledge I think I would need to accompany an experienced lugwormer before I knew what I was doing.

That would not be an unpleasant way to spend some time on the beach. Particularly on a day like the day when these two photographs were taken. I wasn’t on the beach to hunt lugworms myself, but this chap was. He acted as an unknowing focal point for my pictures.

Both images can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.Lugworm

St Leonards Beach

St Leonards Beach

These three photos of St Leonards beach were all taken within ten minutes of each other. I could see that Marine Court was reflecting in the wet sand as I walked under the Pier. It’s sometimes hard to choose the shot I think works best. Of course, normally I shot several photos of the same scene from various angles and one of them normally stands out over the others. With these it is harder to choose I think. Each has its own merits so this blog post is a chance to show all three.

St Leonards Beach

On this evening there was rainbow colours present in the triangular shaped cloud just to the left of Marine Court. This iridescent effect is caused by either ice crystals or water droplets refracting the sun rays. I tried to capture the colours but the camera sensor just picked up whiteness. Our eyes are so much superior to camera technology in what they can detect. On the other hand, sometimes the memory is worse.

St Leonards BeachEach of these photos of St Leonards Beach can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.

The Peerless Pier

Peerless PierHastings Pier, was dubbed the Peerless Pier by the Earl of Granville when it opened in 1872. He was right. Even without the superstructure it looks great. Repairs to it are ongoing with it expected to be open in 2016. By the time it is finished an estimated 72k meters of new timber will be laid plus 500 deck beams and 350 girders replaced. You can keep up to date with the progress being made on the official website.

Low tide is a great opportunity to photograph the pier at its best. The wet sand provides great reflections. If you are lucky an obliging seagull will help to add to the scene.

These photos of the peerless pier can be viewed full size on my Flickr page by clicking on them.Peerless Pier

The Castle Rocks

Castle RocksWhen the tide goes out in Hastings, the receding water reveals flat sands. Opposite the castle and extending for several hundred meters along are sandstone rocks. These provide great rock pools, where children and adults can enjoy searching for sea creatures. The seagulls like them too, as they provide easy access to fresh seafood, rather than their usual diet of discarded human food waste. These rocks are what I’ve always known as the Castle Rocks.Castle Rocks

In early 1287, the south east coast of England was hit by a significant storm and flood. This, and two other similar events that followed within a year had a profound effect on the fortunes of many towns on the south east and east coast of England. Back then, in Hastings, the sea washed up against the cliffs. The large shingle beach we have today didn’t exist. As a result of the storm, part of the cliff that Castle stands upon collapsed into the sea, taking with it the keep and outer wall of the castle. The debris partially blocked the old harbour, which in the following decades began to silt up.

The rocks you see in these pictures are probably the remnants of that collapse. I say probably because I can’t find any info to tell me otherwise so I’m relying on what I was told as a child. Makes sense though. These photos of Hastings Castle Rocks can be viewed full size on Flickr by clicking on them.Castle Rocks

Hastings Seafront

Hastings SeafrontThis week’s photo is of Hastings Seafront. This was taken on the same day as my recent Black and White post. The haze present on that sunny evening softened the details in the distance, whilst the sun glints off the cars and buildings.

You can view this image of Hastings Seafront full size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.

Seaside Bench

BenchLong term readers of this blog may find this image of a seaside bench in St Leonards-on-Sea familiar. That’s because I have taken a photo of the same bench before. You can see it here. I took this view mainly to act as the foreground to the sun rays shining down behind. I’d taken a couple of photos of just the sea and the clouds, but the images lacked a focal point and didn’t work.

Perhaps this is the beginning of a series of bench images. Next time I might try to get someone sitting on it as well.

The image can be viewed larger size on my Flickr page by clicking on it.


SeascapeThis seascape was photographed on the beach below the Mary Stanford Lifeboat house, on the same cold morning that I took photos for that very post. That was over two years ago.

It had sat unseen on my hard drive since it was transferred over from the camera memory card. My hard drive is getting full now, so I’m going through all the photographs on there and deleting the ones I’ve never used. There are lots and lots of them. This is one of those saved I from the recycle bin.

You can view this seascape full size on my Flickr page by clicking on the image.