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The Estuary 2

Whe walk thriugh the newly cut path was terrible as it had been slashed and slashed again and left on the path - constant tripping hazard which is not a joke at this age.


I did scare away the birds and began to walk around.  My plan was to follow the extreme right bank of any water to come out closest to where I came in.  This shot is the best I have to show what the ground looked like much of the way.  It was seaweed piled high, mud or, if I was lucky, some sandy beach.  I ruined my sneakers getting stuck in mud a couple of times.

 

This series of shots were taken on the 23rd of November and are in memory of my friend Karen, a devoted walking partner who passed away a year ago in August.  Her birthday was in November. 

 She was the body in quite a few of the shots here and it is with her that I first entered this particular landscape.

 

 

 This location is in our community, halfway between our houses and when she had first started using it it had been a good trail.  The day she and I walked it, it was very overgrown and difficult in quite a few spots.

 


 I noticed a few weeks ago that it had been recut so decided to hike it and this time alone.

 I have a long, long story so will tell it here in parts.

The Estuary 2

Whe walk thriugh the newly cut path was terrible as it had been slashed and slashed again and left on the path - constant tripping hazard which is not a joke at this age.


I did scare away the birds and began to walk around.  My plan was to follow the extreme right bank of any water to come out closest to where I came in.  This shot is the best I have to show what the ground looked like much of the way.  It was seaweed piled high, mud or, if I was lucky, some sandy beach.  I ruined my sneakers getting stuck in mud a couple of times.

 

This series of shots were taken on the 23rd of November and are in memory of my friend Karen, a devoted walking partner who passed away a year ago in August.  Her birthday was in November. 

 She was the body in quite a few of the shots here and it is with her that I first entered this particular landscape.

 

 

 This location is in our community, halfway between our houses and when she had first started using it it had been a good trail.  The day she and I walked it, it was very overgrown and difficult in quite a few spots.

 


 I noticed a few weeks ago that it had been recut so decided to hike it and this time alone.

 I have a long, long story so will tell it here in parts.

comments (21)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 3 Dec 2012, 00:57
At my age, Mary, I encourage anything that causes me to become prone in the undergrowth...while in that state I can take the opportunity to recall better reasons from the past...


Sorry! I digress! This is a fine shot...
Mary MacADNski: I was alone and the thought of a broken ankle or something like that was a bit scary. I don't have a portable phone and it would be a long crawl back.
I hope they will clean up that path for you. The area looks really beautiful!
Mary MacADNski: No, It is cut as a border between farms and not used for anything so the slash is just left.
I am sure that your sneakers will wash out... but this photo is worth the cost of a new pair Mary... Karen's birthday was only two days after mine... we are special people... truly....petersmile
Mary MacADNski: I haven't tackled them yet but everyone has said I can wash them. If you are as nice as Karen you are very special.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 3 Dec 2012, 07:10
It looks as if the tide is coming in Mary
Mary MacADNski: I didn't even walk down to the bay to take notice. I tell you, I was in some mess.
wide views there
Mary MacADNski: I got some nicer views but wanted to show this surface I was walking on.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 3 Dec 2012, 07:39
I will follow your story with interest, Mary. It is a melancholy landscape where you once walked freely and are now so inhibited
Mary MacADNski: When we were here before, we walked straight ahead - toward yesterday's birds. This time I turned right and decided to follow the river back so I would not have to walk back through the slash and the freshly manures field beside it. I had no idea this is what kind of surface I would be walking in most of the way.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Dec 2012, 08:32
So this place is hallowed in one sense, Mary!
Mary MacADNski: The trips were certainly similar in some ways but yes, the only other time I had been here was with Karen.
  • Chad Doveton
  • where latitude and longitude meet
  • 3 Dec 2012, 09:12
Did you cut all of this with your pen knife Mary, impressive.
Mary MacADNski: No knives were used in this hike, Chad but I certainly wish I had chosen different footwear.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 3 Dec 2012, 10:03
I could get melancholic while walking along this path - but it is interesting to follow your story.
Mary MacADNski: I have added to it in Previous comments today Philine, if you are interested.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 3 Dec 2012, 10:45
You will have to put on your 4x4 boots for this place smile
Mary MacADNski: I was just saying to Chad that I wished I had had better footwear for the mud. I should have had hiking boots for the trail too. I think that's a good idea, Louis.
I'm looking forward to your long story over this recut trail. The shot yesterday and today have whetted my interest.
Mary MacADNski: It was scary for me at times. I did wish I had a cell phone.
A fine tribute to your friend Mary.
Mary MacADNski: Thanks, Bill.
Another of your bands-of-color images... Please accept my condolences for Karen...
Mary MacADNski: I have better images of this view but this show 'the muck' a little better. I will show a better view of this sometime.
It s a beautiful spot but certainly not the easiest of walking areas as you suggest.
Mary MacADNski: It was terrible. I forgot to mention that the field that bordered the walk through the slash had been freshly manured. That was why I had decided to follow the river. I didn't want to walk back the same way.
The landscape looks good, but underfoot doesn't!
Mary MacADNski: It was deep and muddy at places but you never knew what the next step would bring.
It does not look good Mary; let's hope nature can rearrange this back!
Mary MacADNski: It was good and healthy. The seaweed has a season as well and washes in in the fall. It is a bit of insulation against ice and water causing coastal erosion.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 3 Dec 2012, 17:41
Let's hope that the sneakers wash out. I've taken to wearing wellies now in the New Forest with all the rain we've had in recent weeks; always been the right choice. Plus I can stamp in the flooded areas like a big kid smile Is this area under water at high tide?
Mary MacADNski: I think Karen and I did wear rubber boots the last time. I had not started out to go here, just saw that it had been cut and had to investigate.
A wonderful and unusual capture Mary. Fine tribute!
Mary MacADNski: Thanks, Richard. I have much better shots of this spot but this one showed the floor, so to speak. I will show a better shot sometime.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 3 Dec 2012, 20:43
We will follow you on your roads and stories.
Great shot though.
Are your sneakers able to have a second life??
Mary MacADNski: My sister in law left just minutes ago and said I should try cleaning them with detergent and a brush in warm water, not hot, before submitting them to the washer. They seem really ruined.
Definitely looks like tough going, Mary.
Mary MacADNski: It was very hard in parts. - muck like quicksand.
Nice texture and view
Mary MacADNski: I think I may extend this series to show this view in a better composition.

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