Danger Sinking Mud

Warning sign silhouetted against the sunset on Weston-super-Mare advising of the danger of walking on sinking mud

Weston-super-Mare has some great sandy beaches, but venture beyond the signs in this image and you could soon find yourself stuck in thick cloying mud. Owing to the large tidal range in the Bristol Channel, the low tide mark in Weston Bay is about a mile from the seafront and this low tide uncovers areas of thick mud, hence the colloquial name, Weston-super-Mud. These mudflats are very dangerous to walk in, and yet, tourists still continue to walk beyond these signs and end up having to be rescued.

Although not generally known, Weston has the second highest tidal range in the world at a massive 15 meters, and when that tide starts to come in, it comes in fast.

HDR processing was done with Machinery HDR Effects on a bracket of 5 exposures (-2 to +2). Post processing was done in Adobe Photoshop Elements with NIK Color Efex, Detail Extractor and Tonal Contrast