Friday, 18 January 2013

Winter Sunset at Mudeford Quay




A few photos taken last Tuesday, when it was cold, but before the snow came.
I drove home via Mudeford Quay as the light was falling and I felt a need to be beside the sea, if only for a few minutes.

The setting sun cast a soft pink light on the Needles and the chalk cliffs on the westernmost end of the Isle of Wight.

This is the place where the waters of the River Stour and the River Avon rush out of Christchurch Harbour and into the sea, through a narrow channel called The Run. On Tuesday evening, the tide was coming in. As tidal waves met the waters from two full, flooded rivers, the sea churned and surged over  sandbanks just off shore.

Seabirds congregated on a spit of sand, sometimes taking off to fly over the turbulent waves, looking for fish.




The wooded cliff top at Highcliffe.



Looking across Christchurch Harbour, towards Hengistbury Head.



Calmer waters along the shoreline at Stanpit.......






....where seagulls were settling on sheltered water, not long before the sun went down.


8 comments:

Kath said...

Aren't those skies just beautiful?

Louise said...

Beautiful. The light is so lovely.

Ragged Robin said...

Lovely atmospheric photos - I felt as though I was there with you :)

The Weaver of Grass said...

I am sure you don't need me to tell you what a beautiful place you live in. I thought of you the other night when Chris Packham took us round what he called "his patch", the New Forest - it all looks so lovely.

Crafty Green Poet said...

beautiful light in these photos

chinecats said...

Lovely photos, capture the beauty of winter so well.

Em Parkinson said...

They're gorgeous and make me want to get to the sea and away from the snow!

Down by the sea said...

Those views of Mudeford are so beautiful in the evening light. Thank you for sharing!
Sarah x