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Waiting for Bertha #5

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 16 August 2014 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Just over a week ago I was following the progress of Hurricane Bertha as it formed in the Caribbean and tracked northwards to the west of the Bahamas, eventually it neared Nova Scotia before becoming an extra tropical depression and heading across the Atlantic towards Great Britain and Europe. At this point the Met Office and television weather experts began getting all silly and excited, weather warnings were issued, predictions were made of a month's worth of rain in a few hours, damaging gusts of gale force winds etc. Needless to say, I thought they'd all over hyped the event, but others took heed and towns were totally deserted on Sunday, as if a Cat. 5 hurricane had driven everyone into underground shelters! I searched around South Shields for someone to photograph, for some catastrophic consequences of this weather event, for pictures of flash floods or damaged buildings - but all to no avail.

Yes, South Shields was bereft of people, and sadly missing much of the rain that was forecast, we got a few odd showers but nothing too heavy at all. The breeze was brisk at times but nothing to fear, it all ended up as a damp squib here - all very silly I suppose, but I bet others have better weather tales to tell about Bertha.

A view of a deserted Sandhaven Beach in South Shields, looking towards Tynemouth.

PENTAX K100D 1/125 second F/6.7 ISO 200 27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I anticipate the next sign will say "Minefield - turn back now" !

16 Aug 2014 7:28am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nice interaction of shapes here Curly

16 Aug 2014 11:18am

Helen from Melbourne, Australia

Love the commentary Curly. Nice shot too. Interestingly you mention how devoid of people the shore is yet there are so many footprints in the sand! The tide hasn't yet smoothed the shoreline.

16 Aug 2014 4:53pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a very nice sea shot. Nicely composed.

17 Aug 2014 2:05am

L'Angevine from Angers, France

ah là le danger est au sable

17 Aug 2014 7:38am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

I like this composition

17 Aug 2014 10:01am

PENTAX K100D
1/125 second
F/6.7
ISO 200
27 mm (35mm equiv.)

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