Slow Decay - 02Peeling paint and wooden planks of an old boat, Skippool, near Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. Near to Fleetwood, Skippool Creek joins the River Wyre. Here, lined up along the bank of the river, a number of rickety jetties lead out across rough grass on soft ground towards the waters edge.
The tide is low, but evidence remains, at high water the path can be covered. Bits of grass and twigs, muddy puddles, left behind, stranded as the water rises and falls in six hourly cycles.
Rolling in Sea of GrassAn abandoned speed boat lies in a sea of tussock.
It appears to be something of a graveyard. Old boats lay abandoned, tied to jetties made up of seemingly random pieces of wood.
They must once have been someones pride and joy. Now they sit,grounded, bilges full of dark water.
A sad mix of fading fibreglass, perspex windows greening and opaque. Others with protective skins of paint blistering and flaking, peeling away to reveal damp timbers, slowly rotting.
Wooden JettiesWooden jetties, Skippool, near Fleetwood.
Some boats moored appear seaworthy, even if the raised walkways leading out appear as though they would collapse under the weight of passing feet, missing or rotten planks waiting to catch out the unwary sailor, dangers hidden beneath unkempt grass.
Grass through boardwalkGrass grows through a raised boardwalk leading out to abandoned boats, Skippool, near Fleetwood, Lancashire.
Perhaps there lies the reason perhaps for so many abandoned old boats.............
A little further down stream the Wyre enters the Irish Sea at Fleetwood. The town and the estuary make up the southern side of Morecambe Bay.
Across the water to the north the distant hills of the Lake District rise above the horizon and catch the afternoon sun. A fresh breeze blows in off the sea, the beach is empty save for a couple of fishermen who are packing away their fishing gear as the tide ebbs still lower exposing the expansive sands of the bay.
The few people about seem to be enjoying the shelter of the tea shops along the sea front, out of the wind. The promenade is quiet.
A little further along, a splash of bright colour in the sunlight, wooden beach huts, well kept and painted pastel shades of yellow, pink, and blue line up facing the sea, doors and shutters closed, bright blue skies above.
Colours of SummerColourful beach huts at the seaside, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. Unlike the boats these are not abandoned, just waiting to be opened by summer visitors. Somewhere to hide from cold wind and stinging sand.
Oh the joys of the British seaside in summer.
Blue and YellowYellow beach hut and deep blue sky, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England Slow decay - 03Peeling paint on the keel of an old wooden boat, Skippool, near Fleetwood, Lancashire, England. Slow decay - 01Old wooden boat, slowly rotting away, Skippool, near Fleetwood, Lancashire.