The last time I came to Slaughden Quay it was to eat fish & chips from one of the two great chippies in Aldeburgh, fending off the seagulls as I devoured the fruits of the sea!
This visit was different. The chippies were closed and the sun was fading in the sky at the end of the day. The East Coast is normally associated with the start of the day as the sun rises over the sea. But I was looking for a classic sunset reflected in the River Alde looking back towards Snape. A little cloud in the sky and I was ready. The sun fell below the distant horizon and the sky lit up.
I got back to the car by the beach as the stars started to shine and I looked out to sea – The Plough, Orion and more started to appear as I sat and watched the waves rolling onto the beach below.
Why not, let’s have a go. I picked a spot, set up and started to take pictures. Each one needing a longer and longer exposure as the light faded. I thought that the sea would merge into a uniform colour after a while but no. Even at 8 minutes there were patterns emerging in the deep blue of the ocean. I could hardly see what was going on, I couldn’t see anything in my camera’s viewfinder but it could see for me.
I’m rather glad I stopped to watch the stars. I think I’ll do it again some time…
My time on Slaughden Quay is part of a journey north along the Suffolk coast from Languard Point at the southernmost tip to its border with Norfolk. Along the way I’ll be exploring, recording what I find and then sharing. You can follow me on my journey by adding my blog to your feed, liking my Facebook page, circling me on Google+ or following me on Twitter.