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Old Oct 18, 2006, 05:38 PM
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Coastal Romance...


Took my newly found love-of-my-life to the romantic setting of Spurn Head last week... of course the camera plane went along too...

Spurn head can be found at the mouth of the Humber Estuary on the East coast of England. It's the result of long-shore drift of the sandy beaches all along the North East coast of England. High tides and stormy weather destroy the long sand bar every so often, it's a constant struggle to keep a road open down to the lifeboat and pilot station on the very tip of Spurn.

I had to drive a round trip of around 80 miles to get to there, as the crow flies, it's only about 6 miles from where I was staying...
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Old Oct 18, 2006, 05:56 PM
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can you land on that ?
Excellent subject well photographed. Any details about the place,history etc ? Did you make friends with the lifeboat crew just in case....?
Old Oct 18, 2006, 09:26 PM
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Boy! That's a cool place! How do you get there? By boat? Or can you drive there? I can't see way around there is it a complete island?
Old Oct 18, 2006, 09:39 PM
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drive a round trip of around 80 miles to get to there
And we appreciate it! Beautiful place, thanks Phil.

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Old Oct 19, 2006, 05:36 AM
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Excellent subject well photographed. Any details about the place,history etc ? Did you make friends with the lifeboat crew just in case....?
There's history everywhere... the place is littered with WW2 bunkers and pill boxes... there are the remains of the net that stopped submarines from entering the river just off shore. I'm not really into history myself... I just like a good beach and the sea. The beach is wild and un-tended - it's not a touristy place... History can even be seen in the sand... lines of black sand - coal washed down from the north east coast, traditionally an industrial coast, reliant on coal for most of the last century.

My father is good friends with the lifeboat crew... he sails his boat across the river every so often... he's getting on a bit now and will need their help one day...
Old Oct 19, 2006, 05:37 AM
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Boy! That's a cool place! How do you get there? By boat? Or can you drive there? I can't see way around there is it a complete island?
No, not a complete island... a very, very long sand bar with a tiny temporary road running down it.
Old Oct 19, 2006, 05:53 AM
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Nice pics.

Looks quite high, was it a dot in the sky ?

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Old Oct 19, 2006, 09:09 AM
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Nice pics.

Looks quite high, was it a dot in the sky ?

Adam
No, I wasn't dotted out properly... I had the sun in my eyes for most of the flight and there was an offshore wind of about 10mph. I really needed my bigger plane with me...
Old Oct 19, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Been working on stitching a few images together... now you can see the extent of the sand spit, and, in the far distance where it meets the mainland.
Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:22 AM
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You should print a poster of these shots and send it with your story to the guys at the station. I bet they would love it.
Old Oct 19, 2006, 11:33 AM
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That shot makes me want to look on the map to see where the nearest sea is. Herefordshire is spectacular from the air, but we aren't exactly spoilt for coast around here

I'm off to the Gower in a few weeks, I'll take my AP kit but weather in Wales can be hard to predict in Autumn.

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Old Oct 19, 2006, 02:20 PM
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Nice photos Phil. I was born and bred near Lincoln and I remember it being a long way to Spurn Point (and Brid) via Goole before the bridge was built. It has not changed much from when I was last there about 25 years ago. It always was a desolate place (plenty of space on the beach though).

Your first photo appears to show the lifeboat leaving its moorings although it does not appear to be going that fast. It is worth noting that the Spurn Point Lifeboat Station is the only one in the UK that has a full time (paid) crew. All of the rest rely on volunteers.

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Old Oct 19, 2006, 03:08 PM
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Oh god! That brings back horrible memories of Geography GCSE!

Fantastic photos nevertheless, and great work (as ever) on the stitching ... you're a master

I agree with Adam, looks like you must've had some good height there ....

Thanks for sharing


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Old Oct 19, 2006, 06:04 PM
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Oh god! That brings back horrible memories of Geography GCSE!

Fantastic photos nevertheless, and great work (as ever) on the stitching ... you're a master
I used to teach Geography... (along with other things) Physical geography and geology were my favourite subjects at school...

Stitching - 4 images, 15 layers in Photoshop, file size 135Mb...
Old Oct 19, 2006, 07:11 PM
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Great pics. Of course you did offer the locals the pics at a reasonable price either as file for commercial use, or as printed postcards for them to sell to tourists without RC AP capabilities?


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