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Sunday, 30 January 2011

Seabirds



I think I've mentioned before how much I love to visit the coast, even - or perhaps, especially - in the winter. We're visiting my dad in Lancaster at the moment, and on Friday we went for a walk along the beach at Sunderland Point. I was chatting to a friend the other day and mentioned that I was probably going to see some "nice and bleak" landscapes - he was a little surprised that I associate "bleak" with "nice" but I do find something strangely mesmerising in grey and windswept scenes. The gorgeous seabirds here were just the icing on a cold and blustery cake.





28 comments:

becky said...

Yes, winter days on the beach can be blustery. I wrapped myself up in a hoodie and long pants plus a big beach towel and sat in my beach chair just enjoying the activity of the birds and the waves...the sun was shining in spite of the cold wind so I was warm with a cup of coffee in my hand...nice!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I've not been to the beach in winter ever and have always wanted to experience it ... I don't get to the beach often, but I do love the ocean.

Wonderful photos!

Rachel said...

Yes, even grey and blustery days can be be marvellous.

Lilian Nattel said...

Yes! I agree with you. It's a different kind of beauty.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

A different and awesome kind of beauty! Great pictures!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Yes, such a day,in such a location, has its own kind of beauty.

Ginny said...

Oh, I love these pictures! I'm trying to think about what those birds are, but just look at those bills!! A bit reminiscent of an ibis, only their bills are curved.

LisaDay said...

My son asked to go to the beach and I told him it's currently iced over and perhaps in six months we can swm again.

Enjoy.

Thanks for popping by on my SITS day.

LisaDay

Velva said...

I have had only one real experience with a cold, blustery day on the beach....I live in Florida, the coast even on the worst days are not quite like the experience walking the beach along the North Sea in the late autumn ( well, I guess that would be walking along the North Sea in the winter).

Beautiful photographs.

Stay warm.
Velva

Johanna GGG said...

I love bleak beaches - probably because I hate really hot crowded beaches but bleak has a certain beauty as do your birds

Scientific Housewife said...

Great photos, all the beaches in Florida are bright and cheery so it's nice to see something different.

Alice Braga said...

I'm mesmerized by these shots (I've been painting, collaging and daydreaming about beaches and also bird-watching more intently serendipitously enough). I too appreciate the grey, windswept beauty of a beach "out of season" and also appreciate your willingness to bundle up and go for a walk by the waves.

Enjoy your time away and have a good trip back.

Kim-Stuff could always be worse said...

I love the sea and the birds! Beautiful, was it too cold?

Bibliomama said...

I do enjoy bleak on occasion -- a Nova Scotia beach in the fall would be my comparable case. I love big water any time, any way.

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

What beautiful photos, you should think about printing and framing them.

Louiz said...

I know exactly what you mean with nice and bleak. I've been going to the north Norfolk coast for years (I think I was under 1 the first time I went there) and yes it can be gloriously sunny and hot in the summer, but autumn half term? Spring half term? Easter holidays? Grey, bleak. Cold. Stunning.

Fly Girl said...

Lovely pix! I enjoy a nice bleak landscape as well but mine is usually covered in snow. My current posts features a charismatic bird too.

Jeanne said...

Looks like there was a dapple of sun....

J. Rosemary Moss said...

Gorgeous pics!

A Cuban In London said...

After more than a decade in the UK, I have become accustomed to bleak landscapes being nice, and even gorgeous, too. Many years ago I visited one of my brothers-in-law in Scotland, when he used to live there with his partner and the landscape (and seascape, too, this was Oban) was breathtaking. Yet, it remained cloudy for most of our stay there.

I am more attracted to landscapes like the one your pictures so greatly captured than hot, tropical beaches. Maybe because I was born in a tropical country. :-)

Great post, fab images.

Greetings from London.

fafner said...

Bleak can totally be beautiful! These pictures have a cold, austere beauty to them. We've had blizzard after blizzard in New York this winter, and while the snow on the sidewalk gets pretty gross--the trees in the parks are starkly gorgeous.

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

I love the North Norfolk coast in Autumn/Winter...all wrapped up warm going for walks. Peaceful and beautiful. I know what you mean :-) Have a good week, Love from London xo

Kazzy said...

Going to the east coast this Summer, and I am seriously counting down the days.

ladyfi said...

I love the seaside in all weathers!

Deirdre said...

Beautiful photos!!

purplume said...

I love to watch birds at the beach. I don't see any here in Hawaii, hmm, I wonder why not?
In California the pelicans crack me up as they dive and cavort.
Lovely photos.

Jenn Erickson said...

Rachel, what beautiful photos from your visit! You've definitely made me realize how much I take our coastline for granted and will be making a trip to enjoy the shore and the birds soon. Thank you, my friend!

JadeLD said...

I love living near the coast - one of the best things about the UK is the proximity to the coast. When I was in Colorado I found it rather weird to be so far from the sea.

I have no idea about birds though, I enjoy watching them but never know which type they are. Lovely photos!

Have a lovely day,
Jade

PS I received your book yesterday - looking forward to starting it soon - thanks!

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