I am always curious how many people have walked this same small stretch of coast alongside the River Thames. I leave a brief transitory mark, which on my return the next day is erased. How many people have walked before me, and will walk here after? What pulls us to the coast line?
I love living by this estuary. Regardless of how often I walk this same little patch there is always something new to catch my attention. It is never the same, whether it is the changing light (the sun had just crept above the horizon today), the state of the tide, the cockle boats leaving or container ships arriving - it is always on the move. During the winter the edges of the water are inhabited by the most beautiful little birds - I think they are Dunlins.They frantically scurry back and forth searching for food. A winter visitor. It is easy to miss them if you rush by as they blend so well with their surroundings.
I couldn't help noticing all the boats chained to the railings where each set of steps give you access to the beach. While Cambridge has its bicycles, Southend has its small rowing boats!
I find interest in the less obvious views. Weathered by the sand and the tides, these boards take on a subtle sheen.