High Tide in Porlock Marsh

18/09/2020
The biggest tides of the year occur around the New Moon closest to the equinoxes. I travelled to the Somerset coast where these equinoctial high spring tides coincide with sunset. This tree was alive until 1996, when the sea broke through the shingle beach at Porlock Bay and flooded the field in which it was growing, creating a new area of salt marsh. (The breach can be seen behind the tree on the right.) Right on cue, the rising tide flooded the salt marsh as sunset colour spread across the sky. The tide rose higher than I was expecting and continued rising after the tide tables indicated it would have peaked. The photographic opportunities got better and better but by this time I was standing on a small elevated bank surrounded by sea water. When darkness fell and my refuge seemed about to disappear, I waded out.