Saturday, 28 May 2011
In an effort to escape the rain clouds that tend to cleave to the Lake District's mountains (Seathwaite in Cumbria is the wettest place in England with an annual average rainfall of 124 inches / 3.15 m!), we travelled out west one day to Allonby on the nearby Solway coast. It's officially classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty - and you can see why. Looking north-west towards the Galloway hills of Scotland, seen in the distance, there are miles of sand and mud flats, grassy dunes and rocks. The tide goes right out leaving the mud exposed and, in consequence, it is an area rich in birdlife. When the tide comes in it does so in a rather unpredictable way, so one has to be rather careful not to get stranded. There were blue skies and moody clouds, and all the lovely natural tones of the coast. (Taupe, grey, pale blue, pale green, white: these are 'my' colours and make me feel utterly serene.) It was a lovely day for photography and a soothing day for my soul.