New Year’s Day can be a bit of a non-day for many. For those who aren’t sleeping off a long night or nursing a severe hangover, going out for a walk somewhere can be a great way to blow away the cobwebs and pass some time.
As we were staying at a friend’s house over on the Wirral this New Year, we decided to go for a walk at Red Rocks on West Kirby beach.
Like much of the coast around the region, the beach is flat, sandy and has a large tidal range. West Kirby Beach looks out at the north coast of Wales and Hilbre Island. This stretch of beach has some amazing rocks which are great fun for the children to clamber around on.
The beach also has some marshland which is part of a coastal reserve and popular with birdwatchers and nature buffs.
It was a cold day – only a few degrees above freezing – and the wind was icy cold. But, nothing more than you’d expect for a beach in midwinter this far north. On the upside, it was sunny, with some amazingly dramatic clouds in the sky.
Photographically speaking, it was a wonderful place to take a camera. There are so many textures and layers, in the sky, the rocks, the sand, the marshland, and plenty of walkers out to add that human touch, too. I’ve processed all the photos in monochrome to really bring these textures and layers to the fore. I hope you enjoy them.