SOMERSET LEVELS 418 – THE ROAD BEHIND THE BEACH (MONO)

 

 

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A wet and windy morning, where the Somerset Levels run down to the sea at Sand Bay, just north of Weston-super-Mare.  This is the little road, scarcely wider than my little car, that runs along behind the beach.  There are puddles from the morning’s rain, bright yellow lines along the road’s edge that ban stopping – because any vehicle that stops here immediately blocks the road (its hardly rocket science!) – and there is the tree arched over the road that bears testimony to the strong westerly gales that often batter this low and very exposed coast.  The actual beach is off beyond the large bank on the right, while low, flat farmland stretches inland from the road’s left.

This image is best viewed enlarged – click onto it to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

This little road appears insignificant, but it has great significance to me.  For it was along here, probably around 1960 or so, that three of us keen amateur geologists rode on our bikes, making our first ever “geological expedition”, to collect samples of the brachiopods, corals and other fossils from Sand Point, the long promontory of Carboniferous Limestone that is behind the camera.

And later, in 1967-8, when birding had infected my very soul, it was along this road that our two highly enthusiastic biology teachers brought us out in the school minibus very early on Saturday mornings, to look at the birdlife.  I remember those two teachers – now long dead of course – with a lot of affection and admiration.  They were enthusiastic, they communicated their enthusiasm to us youngsters, and they contributed their spare time putting us in touch with – and getting us interested in  – the Natural World.  One of us (not me!!!) went on to become a Professor (in the British sense) of Biochemistry and, old as they then were, the surviving member of this biological duo, together with the Prof’s old chemistry teacher, actually attended the professorial inauguration ceremony >>> that everyone should have such dedicated and enthusiastic teachers!

And finally, also, far more recently, Sand Bay was the subject of my very first and rather uncertain post on FATman Photos, on 26 April 2011 – that post can be found here .

Technique: Z 6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens at 70mm; 3200 ISO; in-camera raw processing and cropping; Beach Road, Sand Bay, north of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset; 4 Oct 2019.
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About Adrian Lewis
Photographer working in monochrome, colour and combinations of the two - with a great liking for many types of subject, including Minimalism, landscapes, abstracts, soft colour, people, movement, nature - I like to be adventurous in my photography, trying new ideas and working in many genres. And I'm fond of Full English Breakfasts and Duvel golden ale, though not necessarily together.

11 Responses to SOMERSET LEVELS 418 – THE ROAD BEHIND THE BEACH (MONO)

  1. bluebrightly says:

    Wonderful reminiscence, Adrian. It’s good to remember those early influences. We had birdfeeders and my parents took an interest in the identification of birds that visited, so that probably got me hooked on birding – along with being exposed to a prime migration route where we vacationed each spring. And there was a terrific art teacher in High School, a very anti-establishment guy who was funny, too. The way the landscape links to your intellect and emotions is a beautiful thing, isn’t it? 🙂

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  2. Meanderer says:

    Forgot to say, just had a look at your first post; a great initial post – detailed and interesting!

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Haha! that seems a long while back >>> but that’s only because it is! 😉 I remember the troubles I had getting to grips with WP, I didn’t find it at all intuitive, and I think it took me the best part of a fortnight! Thanks for your good thoughts re Post The First!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  3. Meanderer says:

    It’s those white (yellow) lines edging the road that do it for me here! And, as always, I love your description of those bygone days of your youth; how idyllic it all sounds! Wonderful stuff 🙂

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  4. Mathias LK says:

    Bill Brandtish feeling about this picture, to me. Nice!

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  5. Stella says:

    That makes me want to set off along the road to see where I’d end up. It looks like running territory to me! I love the light you’ve got there.

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    • Adrian Lewis says:

      Stella, very good to hear you like this – thank you! Its a bit of an experiment, maybe a bit stark for some tastes, but I like to try new things – LOL! pushing the envelope???! Taken through the windscreen of the car on a very rough and wet day. Thank you again. Adrian 🙂

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