Summer Solstice in Silverdale

Summer Solstice

In need of some solstice solace after a week stuck in front of a computer processing images and other business distractions (it's not all wandering the hills grabbing the odd pic as you go along you know ;-) we decided to head west to the coastline and low wooded valleys on the Silverdale side of Morecambe Bay. It's an ideal spot to enjoy some nice circular walks, spend a bit of time wildlife watching and simply sit and immerse yourself in the outdoors.

02M-2987 Sunset Over Morecambe Bay Silverdale Lancashire

02M-2974 Walking Along the Silverdale Coast at Sunset, Morecambe Bay, Lancashire
Accompanied by the sounds of birds we had a walk along the rocky shore, returning much later in the dark

02M-3081 Waiting for the Summer Solstice Ash Tree and Ghostly Figure
This image, believe it or not, was shot in the dark with only the slightest hint of afterglow in the sky. It just shows what modern digital compact system cameras are capable of. To get the ghost simply ask the person to walk out of the pic part way through the exposure.

The next morning we headed back along the coast to enjoy the solstice sunrise. With high tide due around we were careful to make sure we could get back well above the high tide line.

02M-3119 Pre Dawn Light Over Morecambe Bay With Incoming Tide Viewed from Jack Scout Silverdale Lancashire
We stood on the cliffs and watched the tide racing in. It was both beautiful and frightening at the same time

From our high point we could see how the tide sneaks in behind any sandbanks cutting off any possible escape.

02M-3139 Tide Racing in on Morecambe Bay Silverdale Lancashire
The atmosphere feels really menacing when the tide turns. To start with the sand starts to make a crackling, popping noise. This is then followed by strange hissing, gurgling and whispering sounds as the sea rushes over the sand, filling in the hollows and encircling the sandbanks.

02M-3124 Solstice Sunrise 2014 Silverdale, Lancashire
We watched the solstice sunrise

In the evening we sat on the rocky shore and watched the sun set across Morecambe Bay and the Kent Channel.

02M-3236 Lake District Fells Across Morecambe Bay after Sunset on the Solstice 21 June 2014 Silverdale Lancashire

02M-3052 Afterglow Over Morecambe Bay Silverdale Lancashire
Afterglow across Morecambe Bay
Text/Images copyright David Forster