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High tide and the valley submerged!


By Arlene

High tide and the valley submerged!

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Looks like a nice spot for fishing.

3 May, 2009


Makes a beautiful photo...great landscape

3 May, 2009



3 May, 2009


~this doesn't often happen~most of the time you can walk where the tide has submerged the valley and there is a river under there somewhere!

3 May, 2009


How come then Arlene, is it just the tide pattern?

3 May, 2009


~we have these very high tides once or twice per year when the river is also full due to lots of rain and the whole volume of water spreads out across the river banks and walkway and is quite spectacular!

3 May, 2009


I see, you did well to catch the photo Arlene.

3 May, 2009


~there are usually quite a few who make the effort to go across to see this as it doesn't happen so often.
Thanks Dawn~glad you like it!

3 May, 2009
This is a view of the valley normally.

4 May, 2009


Hello Arlene, I've just taken a look - you wouldn't believe the contrast would you - looks beautiful either way :-)

4 May, 2009


Utterlly amazing natural phenomenon, Arlene! Many Thanks for letting us see this! :-)

4 May, 2009


Wow! How spectacular! We call the biggest tide bore tides, in response directly from the moons orbit. I wonder if it is related.

4 May, 2009


sounds similar~we are further along the coast from the mouth of the Severn river but check this out!

"Seeing the Severn bore

Where in the world can surfers "catch a wave" on a river? Gloucestershire of course! Chris Witts, expert in life on the River Severn, shares his knowledge on the famous Severn bore.

The Romans on first seeing the Severn Bore a little below Gloucester ran scared thinking the end of the world was nigh!

Old prose tells of a raging, boisterous mass of water surging up the Severn, overflowing the banks and filling the land far inland with water and overturning the toiling barge out in the river with its helmsman having fought a losing battle to keep his craft heading into the wave to avoid the turbulence.

These days it is the surfers who ride the wave, all aiming to stay on their boards until they reach Gloucester whilst thousands of people line the banks hoping to see one of nature's finest, natural phenomenons.

If the barometric pressure is low, the wind from the southwest and just the right level of water in the river, then a large spring tide will produce a high bore wave.

There is a spring tide every two weeks (a few days after a full and new moon) and there are about fifty good bores each year during the spring and autumn equinoxes.

Some of these good bores will occur on the night tides, when you must be there in total darkness with no artificial lighting at all.

The purpose of being there for a night time bore is to see the bore only by moonlight and to hear the eerie sound of the bore crashing through the trees on the banks as it races up river.

Wherever you choose to view the bore (anywhere between Minsterworth and Over at Gloucester) arrive early and stay safe.
Don't be tempted to climb down the bank to get a better photograph as you may get swept off your feet!

The Severn leaves the Atlantic and races up river then meets the current coming downriver from the Severn's source 220 miles away.

The powerful incoming tide pushes against the strong current and reverses the flow so the bore wave is formed, which increases in height as it is squeezed between the narrowing banks of the river.

This is the mighty Severn Bore, the most powerful in Europe!"

We don't get them like that or as often as that thank goodness~only one or two a year I think! Because there is a high shingle bar between the neck of the bay and the inner valley, the sea does not come up the valley in waves - it creeps in quietly and is both eerie and menacing at the same time!

5 May, 2009


Wow, that sounds amazing Arlene! We had bore tide when I lived down on the coast. It would only be about four of five feet, but eagles follow and fish off the wave and belugas whales come in just behind it. We have big salmon runs, so everything follows those flocks of fish. Its a wonderful sight, but that Severn sounds just spectacular!

6 May, 2009


What a magnificent view !

28 May, 2009

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