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Raven's Tongue

By Philip_H
Spurn Point is one of the most striking features of Britain's coastline, stretching for three and a half miles across the Humber Estuary.

This curving spit is only 50 metres wide in places, making it look like an elongated tongue. The spit is a dynamic feature which forms and reforms over hundreds of years. An old Viking name for the spit was 'Hrafn's Eyr' or Ravnenser, meaning 'Raven's Tongue'

Spurn is made up of a series of sand and shingle banks held together by Marram grass and Seabuckthorn.

There is a series of sea defence works built by the Victorians and maintained by the Ministry of Defence, til they sold Spurn to the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in the 1950s. The lighthouse was built in 1895 and made redundant in 1985.

Spurn's environment is very fragile and is open to the ravages of the North Sea. It is an important wildlife haven for migrant birds, lizards, roe deer and numerous species of insects.

Before the War Department (now MOD) constructed the road along the peninsula, the only 'vehicular' access to the Point was by a wind powered railway trolley with a sail. The braking system was unusual in that there wasn't one! Legend has it that the local vicar was riding on the trolley and he was unprepared when the operator threw a baulk of timber onto the line in front to stop it. There reverend gentleman was also flung off!

Thanks for all the C&Cs on 'Carousel'.

Best wishes,
Philip

Tags: Lighthouse Sand Architecture Spurn point Humber Groynes Shingle Sea defences Marram grass Landscape and travel Spit

Voters: CarolG, NDODS, nonur and 21 more


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Comments


CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
11 Oct 2012 6:58PM
A fine composition, Philip, with an interesting foreground, well captured. Carol

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NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 7:04PM
An extremely interesting foreword, supported by this rather magnificent composition. The foreground adding immediate interest whist you have kept the Lighthouse perfectly sharp, and all at f/5.6

Regards Nathan
nonur Plus
7 17 9 Turkey
11 Oct 2012 7:08PM
Lovely shot and comprehensive info about an interesting place.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
11 Oct 2012 7:42PM
The three posts sit well in the composition with the lighthouse behind. Excellent anecdotes as well, Philip.

Dave
11 Oct 2012 8:29PM
A great composition Phil also an interesting write up..Lin
carper123 Plus
4 914 8 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 8:42PM
Wonderful composition, Phillip, a very striking image, i like the framing of the lighthouse with the timbers, a very creative piece of work, well thought out.
nice one.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
jdinne 13 16 England
11 Oct 2012 10:09PM

Quote: i like the framing of the lighthouse with the timbers, a very creative piece of work, well thought out.


Agree Phillip, greatly composed. Excellent narrative also.

John
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
11 Oct 2012 10:14PM
Great comp. Fascinating reading too. Sounds like a wonderful place.

Ann
Herge88 Plus
9 40 4 England
11 Oct 2012 10:32PM
Nice composition, cant help thinking it may have worked better in landscape format.

Best Matt
HELANA 6 United Kingdom
11 Oct 2012 10:45PM
Nice shot with a very knowledged write- up Philip.Lovely place.
Elena
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
11 Oct 2012 11:35PM
The peices of broken up fence add so much to this image-- a fine old light house!
12 Oct 2012 8:35AM
A great comp. and thanks for the write up
Tibetan 4 3 England
12 Oct 2012 1:32PM

Quote:An extremely interesting foreword, supported by this rather magnificent composition. The foreground adding immediate interest whist you have kept the Lighthouse perfectly sharp, and all at f/5.6

Regards Nathan

I do like Nathans sharp witted quotes, nice balanced photo and an interesting narrative, like it, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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