Visited Walton on the Naze again today to shoot the Pill Boxes slowly being consumed by the North Sea. More images below…

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I popped over to Walton on the Naze this afternoon to try and photograph the old pill boxes and bunkers that have fallen into the sea following the erosion of the coast. Last time I had a look at these was about a year ago…they’ve really suffered at the hands of the sea since then, although the tide hadn’t gone out far enough for me to photograph the bunkers that still remain. The added bonus was the sunset. More after the break…

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This week’s jaunt was a quick drive down to Canvey Island, just down the coast from Southend, home of Calor Gas and Dr Feelgood…it’s a pretty industrial place…but quite fascinating.

Infamous for a massive flood on the 31st January 1953 that cost the lives of 58 people (including 3 in the Netherlands) and saw the island evacuated when the old sea wall was washed away following a tidal surge.

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I visited Maldon on Saturday around sunset…a good time of year to visit as all the kiddies fairground and paddling pools are closed down so, whilst there were still plenty of people taking the air, it wasn’t as busy as it gets in the summer months.

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This was a bit odd as it didn’t appear to be raining anywhere, indeed there were very few clouds around at all, as you can see…

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Looking down into the sea at Manningtree from the top of these stairs did not look anything like this…I think browny grey would be a better description of the colour. It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of photoshop – it now looks like the pool that the baby was in on the Nirvana album cover.


I took a drive across to Walton on the Naze today. When I arrived it was completely overcast and starting to rain.

After a rather depressing walk along the pier…to find the end of the pier was closed I returned to the car to ponder my next move. Rather than go home I decided to take a chance and drive up to the Naze Tower, I figured I could always just sit in the car and watch the sea. I arrived to find the sun breaking through the clouds and a small rainbow making an appearance…the weather then just got better and better, clear blue skies and very mild.

If you are wondering – the title refers to the ship that the rainbow is over – from the Maersk line.

Just goes to show, never give in to the British weather!

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Manningtree at low tide…that’s the River Stour winding it’s way towards Felixstowe…nice sky


I popped into Manningtree at lunchtime, I got as far as the Co-Op’s car park that backs onto the River Stour and so I took a walk along the banks as the tide came in – plenty of swans and even a Kingfisher were about on a pleasant if blowy lunchtime. On the far horizon you can just make out the cranes at Felixstowe.


Mistley Towers are the twin towers of all that’s left of the now demolished Church of St. Mary the Virgin at Mistley in Essex. I had no idea such a thing existed so it was quite a surprise when I saw this for the first time on my last visit to Mistley a few weeks ago.

I wasn’t actually planning to come here but ended up having a bit of a drive around at lunchtime and somehow gravitated here.