Arnside and beyond

By gladders

Heysham Ferry

The Heysham Ferry heads into port after crossing the Irish Sea, as seen across Morecambe Bay from Jack Scout.  It was the first time I had been there for a long time, it used to be a favourite place to go before anyone heard of Lockdowns, and when the last one finished, I had got out of the habit.

It had been grey all day with not a hint of sunshine, until the last ten minutes of the day when just after this was taken, the sun burst brilliantly through the cloud for a last hurrah before it disappeared into the repository of set suns that lies below the horizon.  It was far too bright for a photograph.  Indeed after days when the atmosphere has been sodden with moisture, there was remarkable clarity and the Blackpool Tower was easily visible without binoculars.

The view over the Bay added a few new birds for my 2022 list, but best of all was a line of 25 whooper swans whooping loudly as they flew north towards Grange.

We had a welcome visit from Arnside Simon when I got home, he had been walking over the Knott and observing the sunset from a different vantage point.

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