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Tuesday, 31 August 2010

10 miles circular around Chichester Harbour

Mid Sussex Ramblers' chair, Sue, lead this walk in perfect weather from Bosham.
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The tide was out, so we were able to walk across the creek on the causeway.
(Unlike some leaders, Sue does not call upon walkers to wade in the sea!)
The view of Bosham as we headed southwards.

Click here and see page 2 of the document for details of M2729, the former HMS Sidlesham, built entirely of mahogany and brass for inshore mine sweeping, but which never saw active service.
We crossed to Itchenor by ferry.

We passed fields of linseed with wild oats at the edges.
Chichester marina.
I fitted a Polaroid filter to my camera and set it to an experimental mode - with too long shutter speeds.  So all my bird shots are blurred and akin to expressionist images. We learn by our mistakes - I hope.  Any way enjoy the "impressionist shots" of moving little egret and godwits below.

There are fine views of Chichester Cathedral on this walk.
The Sea Aster, Aster tripolium, was particularly lovely on this day; especially here as we approached Dell Quay.
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There were 60+ swans feeding in the tranquil shallows of the harbour near Fishbourne.

Despite my inappropriate camera settings, the views of the cathedral as we rounded the harbour back to Bosham, were inspiring.
Nobody seemed to know what this crop was.
It was possibly Panicum miliaceum, Proso millet, common millet, broom corn millet, hog millet or white millet.

Our supermarket shelved would have fewer lettuces without these massive machines and labour force to harvest and pack the produce.

Five hours after starting out from Pagham, we returned to a flowing tide and the causeway and road that we had walked earlier under water.
What a great walk!  Thanks Sue.
That's all folks.....
except for the out-takes,which follow....
Bobby, enjoying the last chomps of Samphire, gallantly collected by Ian from the life-threatening quicksands.
Sue and Paul; one happy couple -- until Paul sees that I have posted their picture here.....Paul is perhaps a little shy!  Perhaps not.
Mid Sussex ladies gaining their sea-legs.

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