...After days of heavy rain, on Christmas morning the sun shone brightly in vast blue skies, fishermen were there; winter sea wild, deafening like low flying jets, waves crashing as high tide only just retreating, little birds, sanderlings huddled among the pebbles. So good to walk, above the beach at Rossall, to feel and taste the salty air.
As Blackpool Illuminations light up the promenade, free firework displays on every Friday night during September light up the skies, along with some synchronised music. The firework displays are called World Championships as a different country takes part each week.This year I went along with a dear friend and her young teenage grandchildren to watch Canada's Orion Fireworks. Young people are such fun to have around. The Fireworks Display is extremely well organised and set on the cordoned off North Pier, well away from the general public. I loved the display and energy generated by the crowds.We went on Friday 13th September weather was good.The beginning of the full September super moon shone brightly.
The annual Kite Festival at St.Annes on Sea. Free to all, good healthy family day out. Great to see so many people out enjoying themselves. The festival was originally planned for a weekend in August but had to be cancelled due to very high winds! The irony was not lost on the organisers, who kindly rearranged to this beautiful weekend in September. Perfect weather. Colourful kites. Donkey rides reminding me of ones as a child on a different beach in Wales.
Plants and mosaic in the town.
Painted Ladies on the bushes. There is a legend of the Amazon that butterflies weave a protective invisible thread around the planet. Scientists tell us that by the time they they land in the UK from Africa they are the fifth generation of butterflies. We need to keep growing plants that encourage their survival. They prefer red and purple flowers in my garden.
Cleveleys along the promenade: a kaleidoscope of migrating Painted Ladies that day, people and seagulls. I captured only one painted lady. Always beautifully kept summer flowers. Spectacularly large blue blooms of Agapanthus all along the prom.
Brightest warm June evening, Rossal beach; horses taken for a swim, bathe after a hot day.. Norbreck Castle Hotel, Blackpool Tower and pier in the distance.
Fisherman taking a nap, in his comfort zone.
This old sea wall is unattractive but interesting; backdrop as cyclists pass by.
Happy in nature, happy by the sea Xx
Watching the charity race, waiting to cross the road to the promenade opposite Blackpool Tower. Lovely sunny day. Blue sky reflected in a blue sea. Top of the tower, people enjoying the sunshine, open top heritage tram passing by.
And always a surprise, Blackpool town has some of the loveliest planting in unlikely places; beautiful white Irises. Xx
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