Time and Tide...

The end of Filey Brigg

On a recent visit to Filey on the north east coast we spent some time walking along Filey Brigg, a peninsula of rocks that stretches out a mile into the North Sea. At low tide it is a popular tourist attraction, but, as the tide rolls in, it gradually disappears under the waves.

So, camera and tripod in hand, several shots were taken. I mean, why only take a couple when you can take a hundred? Well, one good reason is to keep an eye on the tide. The area on the long-exposure image between the rocks had, only a few minutes earlier, been clear to walk on. But the tide comes in pretty quickly. So quickly, in fact, that, if you're not careful, you can find your way back cut off by the waves - which is exactly what happened.

Fortunately, an alternate route up the steep, high cliffs was available and our blushes were spared. Note to self: Always keep an eye on the time and the tide - they wait for no man!