Thursday, 4 February 2010

Colne Walking: Low Tide

I went down to the bend where Arlesford Creek comes into the Colne. The river is much wider down there and at low tide the muddy banks are exposed. When it's quiet--between trains, bird calls, groups of chatting walkers and gun fire--you can hear the trickle of water as it drains from the banks down to the river. I stood and stared. I looked for the moving water that I could hear. I could see the grooves that had been dug into the mud, but could see no water, other than the water that glistened on the surface of the whole muddy bank. I thought I'd like to stay there for a full tidal cycle to hear the difference between the tide coming in, going out, and everything in between.

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