A Route Less Travelled

Photograph taken at Weston-super-Mare on Birnbeck’s rocky shoreWalking across the rocky beach at Birnbeck a young takes a route less travelled

A young man takes a route less travelled at low tide on the rocky shore at Birnbeck, Weston-super-Mare. He’s head down heading toward the crumbling causeway[jetty] that leads back to Anchor Head.

This was a cold, though crisp, afternoon on the rocky shoreline. I was though more than warm enough if I could manage to stay in the sunlight. As you can see the tide has almost completely vanished which can lead one into a false sense of security – because in the Bristol Channel when the tide turns it comes in again rather quickly and surprisingly quietly too. It can be deceptive.

The photo depicts an almost pre-historic quality to the landscape and indeed it would appear the area was volcanically active at one time, Ocassionally one can experience ground tremors albeit only very minor shocks. Also, local history has it that it may have been hit by a Tsunami in 1607 resulting in loss of life, livestock and property over a wide area.

Despite all of this I love to photograph here, even though it might appear to most eyes that this area is a dull and bland landscape with, unappealingly brown, muddy tidal water. It’s all in the eye of the beholder I suppose.

Camera & Lens – Nikon D80 and Nikkor DX 18-55mm.

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