Friday, 2 March 2012

"Q" where has the water gone?...................................... "A" the tide was out.

I was so surprised to read some of the comments on yesterdays post... where was the water?

The tide was out!!!!

As I wrote it I didn't give it any thought... our seas flow in and out twice a day "ish" (it takes 27 hours) ... it's all I have ever known since I was a small child.
 I thought everyone knew... my ignorance not yours.

The UK is a small island and the gravity of the moon has a big influence on our coast.
 Visit Southport a few miles north from where I live and at at low tide it seems like you have to walk for miles to reach the salt water when the tide is out.

Southport Pier... tide receded.

 An aerial view of the pier with the tide coming in...

 Tides can race in at times of high tides... just a few miles up the coast is Morecambe Bay... many lives have been lost over the years by people crossing the bay... 2004 saw 23 Chinese cockle pickers drowned as they were caught out by the treacherous tides.

This is how most people in the UK remember visits to the seaside at Southport.

This is the harbour from yesterday... Cemaes Bay at high tide.

This post is just to explain my failings... every day is a school day for me.

I didn't take any of these images apart from the first one.
I would like to thank the people that took them for having them available on the Internet to help me with this post.

20 comments:

cieldequimper said...

I love incoming tide!

TexWisGirl said...

well, you'll have to forgive us land-lubbers. :)

Fleetwood Birder said...

Hello Andrew, I absolutely adore Anglesey. Back in my college lecturing days I used to take my Bird Ecology students for a field trip there every year and it was always fantastic. Cheers, Seumus

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Well, I never gave it a thought -- but I can see how somebody from Texas or Arizona or Colorado or inland anywhere might have wondered. There are water people and desert people! I've posted a few things that caught me short when I realized that not every one knew what I did. (Most of the time, I'm the most ignorant person in the room ;>)

JM said...

These low tide views are fantastic! A bit surreal too, it reminds me of tsunami efects without devastation.

Bob Bushell said...

'Tiz a pleasurable day you had up there. Sea, where is the sea then, lol.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

Thank you for clearing that up. I was wondering why there was no water, but since others had questioned it, I thought I would leave it be. It's even more beautiful when its at high tide.

Dina J said...

I figured the tide was out but that was drastic compared to our Florida low tides. We still have some water around even if it's just an inch.

It looks like a beautiful little town.

Shaun_ShutterBug said...

nice one Andrew, you managed to pull the plug in the ocean. Dont blame the moon and tide patterns...lol
Top stuff mate
Shaun

Rohrerbot said...

I would LOVE to that! I know that in some parts of the world, the tide does some crazy stuff to the beaches. That for me, is a lot of fun to watch.

Carole M. said...

an interesting series of photographs you've gathered for this post Andrew. Yes describe your story well. The tides are interesting to observe. That long pier with the tide out is a good example. I either remember the tragedy of the cockle-pickers in the news, or perhaps there was a similar incident here in N.S.W.

Scriptor Senex said...

Like you, it didn't occur to me that people might not know about the tides. Some things are so much a part of our lives (I live on the coast quite near Andrew) that we forget how different life is for people in other parts of the world. Our ignorance about the things that affect them is no doubt equally great.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Okay, I knew about the tide but what I don't is...what is a Chinese cockle-picker? Seriously.

grammie g said...

Hi Andrew...that is some serious low tide lol
A bit behind I am so had to check out yeaterdays before figuring out this one ; ]
I was not aware of the difference in the tides there, but it does make since!!
Lovely spot and quaint little area..thanks for sharing these things from your world!!
Grace x

heyBJK said...

The tide was out! haha! Of course. Silly people! Love that pier, Andrew!

Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Beautiful at high tide.. fascinating at low. Thanks Andrew, great post!

Gillian Olson said...

Love the first shot. I live on the Pacific coast and I have seen how far out the tide goes, so I understood.

Crafty Green Poet said...

I used to go to Southport a lot as a child, I was always disappointed when the tide was out, as we couldn't even see the sea at all then!

Jim Deans said...

Haven't been to Southport since I was stationed at Weeton Camp near Blackpool back in the 60's.
The pier's obviously undergone a massive transformation.
I remember landrover training on the sand dunes as well.That was scary.
I remember the Cockle Pickers, there was almost a repeat on the Solway a few years ago.
Great pictures

Reena Walkling said...

the first I ever saw of tides like these were along the west coast of France. It was amazing to me to have boats sitting in the mud/sand.