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Castle Stalker

28th April 2008

Fans of Monty Python will know this castle well and on this occasion I couldn’t help thinking of that connection.

As I arrived there was a man stoically walking towards the water in a wet suit and flippers. He then proceeded to swim out to the island that the castle stands upon.

I felt like telling him that if he just waited a short time for the tide, he could walk out in Wellingtons, but he seemed quite happy doing it his own way.

On the other hand, I had hoped the tide would be further in for the shot I wanted, but as I had planned to stay inland for this trip I had foolishly neglected to check any tide tables. I made a note not to make that mistake again.

Castle Stalker. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson
Salt Marsh. Fine Art Landscape Photography by Gary Waidson

Taking a short walk away from the shore brought me round onto the salt marshes nearby which I felt, on this occasion at least, created a stronger composition, even though the castle took a much smaller role in the picture.

Perhaps it’s the historian in me but I do like a well situated castle or ruin.


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