A wander down Crosby Beach.

Friday 22nd June.

It was a glorious sunny morning so I decided to have a stroll down Crosby Beach to see what I could find.

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As always, the Iron Men, part of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ installation were staring out to sea. I sometimes like to imagine that they are aliens and the building in the background is their ‘Mother Ship’

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As I wandered along towards Seaforth docks I noticed hundreds of jellyfish on the beach.

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I had heard about this on the early morning local news. There were lots of Lion’s Mane jellyfish, Cyanea capillata.

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These jellyfish are potentially dangerous if touched as they can still deliver a sting when they are dead. The sting is no worse than that of a bee or wasp but can cause problems to swimmers who can become entangled in the tentacles.

The Lion’s Mane jellyfish is the largest known species of Jellyfish and can reach up to 2m in diameter with tentacles that can grow to more than 30m in length. Thankfully we do not have any that big off the coast of Britain. The ones I saw had a diameter of about 50 cm.

I continued along the beach getting close to some of the Iron Men.

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I think this one wished he had used more Factor 50 sunscreen !

On reaching the docks I headed back up to the promenade and through the dunes to Marine Lake.

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As I wandered round the lake I was amazed to see hundreds of Early Marsh Orchids.

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I was soon down on my knees taking pictures.

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Gulls were also finding places to perch and rest.

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I made my way slowly back to the ‘spaceship’ also known as ‘Crosby Baths and Leisure Centre’ having enjoyed a couple of hours in the sunshine.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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