I have uploaded a new gallery called "The Kent Coast 2". It is a selection of the photographs that I took on an exhausting walk along the Kent coastline last week from Margate to Herne Bay.
After reviewing the weather forecast and tidal times I had decided to get there at some point in the afternoon. This payed dividends. On my last visit to the coast it didn't enter my head to check the times of the tides, and when I got there the tide was in, which limited what I could do and where I could go. It also meant that every so often I had to go up and over the cliffs on that part of the coast because there was no way along the bottom when the tide was in. That proved very tiring. I must have scaled the cliffs six or seven times that day.
This time I arrived just before the cloud was due to clear and when the tide was well and truly out. The clouds did clear, the sun came out and I got some amazing light conditions.
I walked from Margate along the beach to Westbrook Bay, then round to St. Mildred's Bay, Westgate Bay, Epple Bay, Grenham Bay, Minnis Bay and then the long walk along the Viking Coastal Trail to Reculver and finally arriving at Herne Bay. When I looked at the map, I had completely underestimated how far the walk was. It took me five hours in the end.
But, it was worth it. When I got to Epple Bay and Grentham Bay, the clouds were light in the blue sky, the tide was out enough to reveal some of the chalk rock formations and sand on the beach, which mixed with seaweed and crushed mussel shells. The sea was as calm as it could possibly be and the wind was still. In combination this created the effect of the flat water acting like a mirror, so that the clouds were perfectly reflected in the pools and stretches of seawater. Looking through the camera was like looking into another world. I captured hundreds of abstract patterns that seemed to extend into imaginary distances and places. Amazing. I was very lucky.
I also managed to add to my growing collection of what I calling my "Britishness" photos. These are viewpoints of more slightly unexpected or un-noticed things in the British coastal landscape. Buildings, objects and things that are sometimes broken, run-down or decaying in the landscape. I sometimes see compositions and painterly-like images made from them.
Anyway, check the slide show here, or visit the gallery, and maybe let me know what you think.