Sunday, November 05, 2006

Chelsea Morning

The other end of last week's walk.

So peaceful, this view from Chelsea Embankment across the river to Battersea Park, with the chimneys of Battersea Power Station in the distance.

There's a massive difference in water level - approximately 20 feet - between high and low tide on this part of the Thames. At high water the river can seem alarmingly close to overflowing its stone and concrete banks. With the ebbing tide it shrinks down into itself, and strips of foreshore emerge on both sides of the river bed, a feeding ground for birds.

The grey heron.

On the embankment the Sunday morning drivers revved their engines at the traffic lights. Blue exhaust fumes hung for a few seconds in the warm air, then dispersed.

Undisturbed, the birds continued to forage for food.

12 Comments:

Blogger rdl said...

You just reminded me I need to take a walk with my dog soon. You've been tagged over my place, if you care to. :D

3:32 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Rdl: wanted to comment on your post on your blog but couldn't. Will definitely do it, thanks. Probably towards the end of the week .....

3:37 pm  
Blogger zhoen said...

Woke up and it's a Chelsea morning and the first thing that I heard...

sorry, you caught me breaking into song.

Does it smell as bad as the Bay of Fundy on the other side of the Atlantic?

6:45 pm  
Blogger Mary said...

Zhoen: Heh. I wondered if anyone would pick up the Joni Mitchell reference. Good taste.

No actually it doesn't smell particularly bad. They've cleaned up the Thames a lot in recent years.

Mind you I'm probably not the best judge. I didn't think that the canals in Venice in August smelled either ... and apparently they do.

6:54 pm  
Blogger rdl said...

Oh good, ooops, yea the comments are back on.

1:34 am  
Blogger Patry Francis said...

I was tracking seabirds today, too--a marvelous quest!

3:45 am  
Blogger MB said...

Immediately made the connection with Joni Mitchell, but you've given me more here than the song ever did, in terms of a sense of what a "Chelsea morning" might be like. You really communicate a sense of place well.

4:42 am  
Blogger MB said...

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4:43 am  
Blogger MB said...

Sorry, that was me, accidentally double-commenting.

4:43 am  
Blogger chuck said...

A lovely feeling of normalcy. Thanks.

5:01 am  
Blogger Dale said...

(o)

6:27 am  
Blogger Mary said...

Patry, MB, Chuck, Dale: Thank you ... :-)

7:43 am  

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