Monday, October 24, 2016

Low sea

One high-pressure system after another has been rotating over our part of the world for such a long time now that the sea level is very low.



There is a clear line the water has left on the reeds and the solid rock. It almost feels as if we had an extended low tide although I don’t know how a tide would feel. We don’t have the tides here and neither do they have them in the Mediterranean where we generally travel to.


Not that long ago, practically no sand and stones were visible on the cottage beach. Now we can easily check who’s been visiting the waterfront while we’ve been away. This time probably a fox. A couple of weeks ago we noticed the tracks of a roe deer on the sand. Or more likely those of two as we’ve spotted a couple a few times crossing the road very close by.


In August, we were unlucky to collide with a deer on our way to the cottage. He jumped out of the blue over a ditch dense in cattails and landed on our front bumper, poor thing. Seeing him lying at the bottom of the ditch as if sleeping but lifeless was a most saddening sight, a bit like low sea but much, much more so. For once, I am looking forward to low pressure.



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  1. I thought that it was only the Mediterranean sea that didn't have tides. It has started to rain quite heavily here so maybe some of it will reach you. Sarah x

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    1. Let's hope so. The weather forecast is starting to give some promise, finally.

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  2. I have heard that you have been experiencing an exceptional autumn which looks lovely in your photos.
    Oh dear! no pun intended, but did that poor little deer actually die after colliding with your bumper?

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    1. Yes he did, unfortunately. He must have broken his neck instantly. Here the procedure after colliding with an animal goes like this: you call the police who will arrive and if the animal is still suffering they will finish it off. Then they will call the contact of the local hunting society who will take care of the body.

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  3. It's hard to imagine a place without tides. In jersey we have a forty foot change in tide twice a day. One minute you are looking at a lunar landscape, the next a beautiful watery mass. Whenever I travel I'm amazed when the tide rarely changes. Hope you get some rainfall soon, although not too much. So sad about the deer, just shows how much lovely wildlife you have around. B x

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    1. I couldn't even imagine a tide that great! Some rain is expected later this week so we are hopeful.

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  4. Oh, lovely photos, but seeing the sea so low is strange....I do hope you get some rain soon. So sad about the deer. We have many here, along with very large elk, so we are always worried about colliding with them. x Karen

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    1. The elks are a problem in our wooded country, too, especially this time of the year. Luckily they are not often seen on the islands. We finally had a little bit of rain today but much more would be needed.

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