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Friday, 5 April 2013

THE VIEW SLIPS AWAY

Things are about to change. There have been storms at sea - and seaweed in piles on the beach. There have been landslips along the coast - on the South West Coast Path there have been thirty where in a normal winter there might have been three. In Devon, the sea turned red. Buds haven't opened yet. Flowers aren't out yet. There's a dull pause. But things, soon, will change.

March 31st 2013
Look at this view.

The tree on the right - its leaves will soon cover half the scene.
The brambles on the left will fill out and provide blackberries.

But . . .

March 31st 2013


The orange blur of willows in the middle - I won't be able to go back to them because - see the orange triangle below the castle? It's rock where there should be green - the bushes have slid. I wouldn't like to be slid upon if any more of the cliff comes down.

December 17th 2012

This is how it was in December.

December 17th 2012


On the left, the lower ladder is in place. The white, bare, tree in the middle is there.




March 31st 2013





And now . . .
 gone.


I was thinking nothing much happens with this view.
I was wishing I'd chosen something more dynamic.
Then part of it went.
You never can tell with a view!


12 comments:

  1. Views do change, but it seems we don't expect it, usually. I walk the same paths regularly, and the plants, rocks, sky...virtually everything, changes from month to month, sometimes from one day to the next. The far views seem to be the same, but the near ones are in constant flux.
    Too bad about the land slips along the path, that you won't see the same plants which you did before, but a new path and new plants will take their place.
    Blessings!

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  2. I hadn't realised that so much land had disappeared this winter.
    A very good look round.

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  3. A tutor warned me about unstable cliffs in Pembrokeshire- loved the place so much I took my boys back two weeks later and a several hundred tonnes of cliff was on the beach! Just found your blog, my eye is now on signs of spring (eventually!), so thank you!

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  4. Change is all around us....the view is still lovely abit changed:)

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  5. So the trees did'nt work to stop erosion in this case.

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  6. Change is amazing as it suddenly seems to happen right before our eyes...I know my views will be changing soon and some not for the best as I lose my trees...I am hoping to keep this at bay and maybe it won't happen...but it will.

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  7. If unsettled and extreme weather continues then changes like this will become more frequent, and we will be more aware of them.
    Thanks as always for an interesting post. Flighty xx

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  8. I love the view of the stormy seas and sky. What a pretty place, no matter the season! Thanks for stopping by and visiting my skies.

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  9. Nothing stays the same in nature does it - it will be interesting to see how quickly that space becomes filled - I am sure you will spot it with your keen eye.

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  10. I have never seen the erosion as bad as it has been this year!
    Sarah x

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  11. Wow - dramatic shots. You must have had some bad storms this year.

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  12. Hello, I've just come across your fascinating photographs of coastal erosion. They do show how the power of nature can change even the most familiar views.

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