Let’s be clear. I’m not seriously hurt.
If you’ve read my recent post about the clothing choices required of a wandering photographer you’ll understand that some shots require the right protective gear, and on this occasion I didn’t have it. So I didn’t yomp across wet sands at low tide. Nor did I continue my drone flight as soon as it became clear that the winds were too strong.
I was back at South Gare for that low tide, because in a small bay near the steelworks lies a wreck. The wooden ship that met its end here at Brann Sands is sadly nameless; the circumstances of its demise have also been lost in the years that have passed since, so any romantic tales are pure speculation. The sandy bay is fairly innocuous with no rocky outcrops to explain the vessel’s presence. With my highly limited maritime knowledge it seems that a vessel grounded on a sandbar might have been successfully refloated at the next high tide, so of course I wanted a look so that I could formulate my own theories. But not today.
Scanning around the bay I spotted another boat of interest at the far end of the bay. Though clearly a more recent victim of the sea, this was no more identifiable, the bow having been badly burnt, presumably by some beach revellers rather than as part of the original accident.
I grab a few shots and make my way back to the stretch of sand dunes that separate the bay from my abandoned car, and this is when it gets tricky. I didn’t take note of my entrance point and now I’m faced with a number of possible routes over the undulating ground, and from memory only one of them is both reasonably direct and relatively clear of the sort of flora that my bare legs would like to avoid. I don’t find it.
And so I’m treading gingerly through nettles and over brambles when I crest one of the dunes and hear voices. A good sign that I’m nearing the well travelled route? Quite the reverse. The voices belong to a couple who had deliberately left the beaten track and are now having sex as a guy with a camera and a very obvious telephoto lens arrives.
I avoid eye contact and keep walking in a straight line. Off any track whatsoever and down a steep slope where slow and controlled descent is impossible. My pale flesh is sacrificed to their privacy.
I hope they had a blanket!
(I returned the following day to capture some of these images – including the drone shot at last!)