So, at low tide, on a typical summer’s day I was able to get these photographs of the rain showers as they passed over Hastings and Bexhill. I stayed dry for a change.
The morning was calm after the most recent rain moved off, leaving a patchy mist through which the sun struggled to shine. Of course these conditions are perfect forÂ taking photographs.
A family of swans were enjoying a morning swim, moving silently up the river and foraging for food. Looking up river, away from the rising sun, the scene looked much bleaker. The mist was thicker and made the landscape seem more mysterious. The grey mist made it appropriate for a black and white image.
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Sunset 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.
Hundreds of seaÂ birdsÂ 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.
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A walk on the beach is always nice but on certain days it can be magical. When this photo was taken the tide was at its lowest and there wasn’t a breath of wind. Usually there is theÂ constant noise of the waves breaking on the shingle. The noise of the waves and shingle is one of dominant sensory inputs when you are on the beaches of Hastings and St Leonards. It is only because the sound is constant that no one that lives by the sea particularly notices it.
It was quiet on this day though.Â It’s strange how the absence of noise can make a familiar place seem different. You could hear the distant sound of traffic on the road and the occasional cry of a seagull. These sounds seemed muted though. The quiet emphasised the beauty of the sceneÂ with the clear reflections in the wet sand and still rock pools. The feeling of space. That’s why living by the sea is great.
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When 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.
This view of Rye reflected was taken whilst walking up from Camber Sands. At ground level there wasn’t a breath of wind and the great clouds were slowly moving across the sky. I ventured off the path onto the relatively stable scrub that borders the river. At high tide it is sometimes inundated, but it was dry this time.Â You are fairly safe on the scrub. I wouldn’t dare step onto the mud as you never know how deep it is.
It’s rare for me to see the river this calm, and offer such reflections.
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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.Â 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.
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. OurÂ eyes are so much superior to camera technology in what they can detect. On the other hand,Â sometimes the memory is worse.
Hastings Pier, was dubbed the Peerless PierÂ 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.