My walk this week follows high spring tides on my local marshes and looks at the deposits they left as well as the new wildflower and marsh grass growth coming through with Spring.
Spring tides occur twice a month every month, as do neap tides, not just in the Spring. The term “spring tide” is given to those tides that have the greatest difference in height between high and low tide, but the highest tides tend to occur in the Spring and Autumn months.
So as we come through towards the end of Spring, there have been high tides flooding our local salt marshes and the evidence of this can be seen along with that of new growth and other features of interest, in the photos I have selected for this post.
Spring Marsh Soundscape
And there is aural evidence as well – in the sound of water flowing off the marsh and back into the river, and the sound of various birds making themselves known to each other, the geese and gulls being the most easily identifiable.
Click the play button above and then scroll through the images below to listen and look through the features of my walk this week.
What a refreshing walk, Alastair! Thanks. I love seeing the new growth of spring, which has finally reached us as well. We’ve had flooding due to all the rain in the last half week, so I’m curious what the wildflower situation in the park will be when I get back there. A week ago, there were thousand and thousands of wildflowers waiting to bloom, but I don’t know what all the rain and flooding will have done to them.
Thank you Janet, there’s nothing a sea of wildflowers. They are so uplifting and I can’t imagine that rain, flooding or whatever would hold them back. My fingers are crossed anyway
Another gorgeous evocation, Alastair, and especially nostalgic for me as May used occasionally to be one of our times for visiting the North Gower coast for archaeological purposes…
Thank you Chris – I am very pleased you enjoyed it. That marshy coastline is really something and I love walking there.