I love winter on the coast for several reasons. For one I get the beaches to myself. No tourists walking in front of your camera, or having their dog pee on my camera bag, which I’ve carefully placed on the beach so as not to get wet from breaking waves. Yep! It’s happened and not even an apology. Fortunately, it’s waterproof.
As we head into winter our coastline becomes more susceptible to winter storms which generate strong winds and high waves.These storms help to wash up some amazing things on our beaches. Only last week a mortar bomb was found. Less dangerously, I often find tree trunks twisted into grotesque shapes, bottles, (never found one with a message), tin cans, exotic shells, jelly fish and star fish. All of which are worth photographing
Along my stretch of the coast there are natural sand dunes which help to protect the low-lying land behind, but unfortunately we can’t always rely on nature to protect our inhabited areas.
Another reason I like winter on the coast is the light conditions can change really fast. One minute I can be photographing in a nice bright sunlit day and the next clouds can build up turning day into nearly night. Challenging photography.
To help protect our coastline man has intervened and placed these rocks at interval along the beach to break up the waves. When the tide comes in these rocks are hidden by the sea. A marker is placed at the edge of the rocks on the seaward side to help small craft identify where the rocks start. As the tide comes in the rocks break up the waves and help calm the sea.
Now here’s another reason I like winter. This part of the coastline hosts a number of visiting bird species who winter in our milder climate. At high tide, thousands of these birds are forced by the rising waters onto the salt marshes and closer to the shore making ideal photo opportunities. In the image below you can see Oyster Catchers, who live here all year round, skimming the waves.
So that’s it. I love winter, of all the seasons it’s my favourite, even though it gets cold. Frosty nights, clear skies, cold crisp days. Perfect.
Only problem is for every nice day in winter, because we live near the coast, we probably see twice as many where it rains, but I still love winter.