The salt marshes of North Norfolk provide an endless source of inspiration for the creative artist An atmosphere of quiet stillness is broken on by the occasional birdsong or, from time to time, a passing plane. The moods and colours can change dramatically, and quickly, depending on changing weather conditions.
This series comprises a collection of impressions evoked by the marshes. The longer the viewer can spend with each image the stronger will the sense of place become.
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The coastal region of North Norfolk is designated an Area of Outstannding Beauty. It includes numerous stretches of salt marshes and mudflats. These, in turn, include Nature Reserves and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The pictures below are from the Blakeney Nature Reserve.
As mentioned in an earlier post, (https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2019/10/20/past-times/), there are strong echoes of past times in Blakeney. High Street is narrow and there are no pavements. It is bordered by sturdy but elegant, cobbled houses and properties, and (mostly) painted white. Shops and businesses are assimilated within the overall character of the street.
The pictures below were taken at lunchtime on the first Saturday in October. Blakeney is not a noisy place!
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Blakeney is a coastal village in North Norfolk and is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The North Borfolk Coastal Path passes alongside the quay. The harbour attracts visitors and holoday makers throughout most of the year.
In the Middle Ages the harbour was of major importance and in the mid-nineteenth century packet ships carried cargoes to Hull and Liondon With the increase in the size of vessels the harbour fell into decline and began to silt up. Today it is used only by small boats and provides regular trips to the seal colonies at Blakeney Point
Channel to the sea
The pictures below were originally presented in full colour in the post of 2 December (see The Beach in November) but I became increasingly aware of the timelessness of the scene, and have attempted to capture this aspect in the images below.
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This photo was taken at Walcott in Norfolk, UK. It was late in the afternoon on a dull, showery day. Nevertheless, the unpromising conditions combined to produce an atmospheric picture. [Walcott suffered serious damage during the recent sea surge and residents were evacuated temporarily.]
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The seagulls, geese and lighthouse pictures shown in recent posts were taken during a few days break at the beginning of November. The weather was mixed – sunshine and showers (often heavy!) and at all times there was a strong, cold, bleak north easterly breeze. The beaches, not surprisingly, were generally deserted, but a few hardy souls braved the conditions.
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‘Bathing boxes’ evolved from the wheeled bathing machines used in the early nineteenth century to protect the modesty of the Victorians. Their popularity gradually increased and, as they became available to a wider social mix, they were labelled ‘holiday homes for the toiling classes’. During World War II all UK beaches were closed, but their re-opening in the late 1940’s and 1950’s led to the heyday of the beach hut.
Several seaside resorts have to this day maintained the beach hut tradition. Some huts are privately owned, others are rented from the local council. In North Norfolk, where these pictures were taken, rental prices in high season have been reduced to £135 per week to attract custom. The huts lack utilities but have splendid panoramic sea views.
The occasional hut acknowledges that we are now in the twenty-first century – as Harry Potter fans will appreciate!