Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Plumage and blossom on the Solway

This time of year is a great time to visit coastal islands.

I didn't land on Murray's Isles and the reefs because cormorants, herring gulls, common gulls, oyster catchers and sandwich terns were breeding.

I landed on Barlocco Isle at the mouth of Fleet Bay and enjoyed a very bracing swim in crystal clear water.

I dried myself on sun warmed rocks beside...

... bunches of thrift, sea campion and bird's foot trefoil. The offshore breeze carried a heady scent of sweet hawthorn blossom and the coconut of gorse blossom.

Only 13km but a wonderful evening paddle.


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