Yesterday I was supposed to be going to Durham to see Jonathan, but he wasn’t feeling well so I took myself on a long walk instead. A longer walk than intended, in fact, from South Shields to Sunderland. It was a boiling hot day and the parts of me which weren’t covered up are now thoroughly sunburnt. Luckily I was wearing a long sleeved top, but my face and wrists are lobster-coloured, and my right wrist has blistered – apparently scars don’t like getting burnt 😦 Usually I am SO careful about not burning, but it was cloudy when I set off and I wasn’t half naked or anything – then the sun came out and that was it. Oops.
The walk was about ten miles, but it took me four hours because I kept stopping to take photos! I had 223 to sort through when I got back, and weirdly enough out of all the beautiful coastline scenery, this was my favourite –
POTW June 27th – July 3rd
I know, I’m odd. It just looks so strange and artificial – almost like it’s a set for a film, with a heap of sand in front and a blue screen behind it. The sky seems two dimensional. Goodness knows what the fence is there for – it cuts a sand dune in half but doesn’t seem to have any purpose – and the blue netting is equally mysterious. It was the shapes and colours and simplicity which attracted me to this photograph.
Something a bit more appropriate for a coastal walk now!
I liked the composition of this photograph (particularly the little boat!) but I took dozens of this rock. It was part of the cliff which had become detached, and it had little arches and caves running through it. There were literally hundreds of seagulls and cormorants living on it!
This photograph has the rock in it too, behind the smaller one:
This is my “why haven’t I done this walk before?!” photograph! It’s such a lovely stretch of coastline. You can just see the lighthouse at South Shields and Tynemouth in the background there, but during many points on the walk there was no trace of civilisation. It was so nice and peaceful (except for the seagulls! A seagull stole my pasty once when I was in Cornwall so I hate the buggers 😛 )
This is a Burnet moth (thanks Briory!) which landed on a flower in front of me. It was just taking off when I caught it really close up, so you can almost see its wings moving…
Finally, this takes the prize for weirdest rock formation of the walk:
I won’t even begin trying to work out how that formed. It looks like a rock slide, but it seems to be defying gravity rather! Any geologists out there care to enlighten me?