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God of Thunder meets the Equinox

Free Photos, Yorkshire Coast, Pure Yorkshire

Article By: Dave Roberts

First Published: 31 August 2011

The Yorkshire Coast's God of Thunder meets the end of summer Equinox as I take a short trip along it, visiting two contrasting beauty spots; Thornwick Bay, then Robin Hood's Bay.

I had planned this visit carefully, purposely timing the visit for higher than average tide, which happens to coincide with the end of summer Equinox period. During the Equinox the sun aligns with the earth in a manner resulting in equal period of daylight and darkness. Some say it also has an effect on the height of the tide and the state of the sea, but how much is fact or rumour I do not know, and therefore am in no position to judge. And if truth be known, the exact timing of the Equinox was a few days earlier, as it lasts only a single day, on two occasions each year.

Thornwick Bay is located along the Yorkshire Coast just north of Flamborough Head, and when it's not blowing a gale or pouring with rain - I fully intend to return and take a walk along this stretch of coastline. I have visited Flamborough on a few occasion in the past, but this was my first visit to Thornwick Bay. Thornwick Bay takes its name from 'Thor' (God of Thunder). I have to say that nothing prepared me for the thunderous roar caused by the waves crashing into each other, then the rocks and finally the cliffs of Thornwick Bay. Something I wish you could experience right now.

On my visit the weather could be described as cold wet and windy, although the rain made photography challenging, it was worth getting soaked. The North Sea was dramatically forcing its way into the bay, seeming like a relentless 'angry god' and a spectacle to behold.

Millions of tonnes of sea water rising against the coastline with the appearance of a boiling furious force, its enraged waters foamed as they hit the rocks below, then smashed against the cliffs, creating spray that was rising over the very cliffs themselves.

My first image from above the bay, shows the narrow point and houses overlooking - perched on the top providing a sense of perspective with the cliffs below, where the foaming water was finally spending its ultimate force against the towering white rocks. On the far right of the bay is a Type 22 World War II pillbox, this would have been manned by a crew of machine gunners. The war aside - I contemplated about how brave they must have been to place themselves in the direct path of the sight I could see unfolding below and this without doubt, not the worse sea state mother nature can conjure up. Alongside the pillbox are anodised steel steps leading to a small sandy beach which is littered with rocky debris - torn from the cliffs by the force of the sea. Beyond the pillbox and out of site is a path descending to it, so I headed off in pursuit of more images.

The pebble covered ground can hardly be described as a beach, only a small patch of sand is left, with the large chunks of chalky rock pounded and honed into massive pebbles by the sea, offering a real sense of danger that heightens the senses, there I stood on this small bit of earth with a force coming at me more powerful than I dared to think about. The display on offer down there captivating, yet making me feel uneasy and carefully watching the incoming tide. I wasted no time, I took my shots then headed back up the steps, then ascended the hill, arriving back at my car well and truly soaked. I gave the camera a quick wipe over then took refuge inside. Switching the heater to full, I set off, now driving along the coast road towards Scarborough, then taking the Whitby road, but indeed heading for Robin Hood's Bay where I hoped to catch a few shots at sundown - and give the heater a chance to dry me a little. The rain 'bless it' ceased almost as soon as I started to drive.

With perfect timing, I arrived at Robin Hood's Bay with my heaters still on full, but the door windows opened to compensate the stupefying heat, just in time for sundown's display and me almost dry. Even here on the east coast, the sky presents a multitude of colours as the sun sets in the west.

The first image over Robin Hood's Bay is taken almost at the highest point overlooking the bay alongside the Victoria Hotel. The next photo is of the main street leading down the steep hill into the village (New Road). I had to wait a short while until the street lights came on, but while I waited - I chatted with lots of people who were heading in both directions. The Yorkshire Coast does seem to have the effect of making people very happy and chatty too.

 

 

 

 

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