LOW TIDE ON A SUNNY AFTERNOON
On one of the last Sundays of the last year, Sunday the 19th 2021, the weather was sunny, my hometown was typically quiet, and as the evening was approaching ...
... I felt the urge to go outside and stretch my legs ...
... so I took the camera and walked to the bay. In less than ten minutes I was there because only about five hundred meters of asphalt, gardens, and buildings lay in between my house and the sea.
The tide was very low on that afternoon.
The sea disappeared almost completely from the shallow inlets around the port.
While the bigger fishing boats tied to the head of the dock were still safely floating on the water ...
... the small boats parked closer to the shore were now stranded on the mud.
Fortunately, for these lightweight, flat-bottomed vessels the absence of water isn't a big problem.
Here you can see a group of sailing boats from the marina in the deeper part of the bay.
Seagulls were flying above them.
I spent most of that afternoon observing the seagulls.
This one was gliding above the fishing boat.
The low tide sometimes leaves stranded small fishes and can provide an easy meal to scavengers.
Here you can see a lucky seagull that has found something in the mud.
Two species were present in the bay on that occasion. The smaller white-gray seagulls on the right side of this picture are the Mediterranean gulls (Ichthyaetus melanocephalus) and the bigger one on the right is the juvenile Yellow-legged gull (Larus michahellis).
There was a relatively small pool of deeper water surprisingly close to the shore ...
... at the end of the mostly waterless muddy inlet.
It looks that this group of birds has found plenty of edibles there.
This is just a texture made of mud and shallow water. Nothing special, but I liked how it looked in the evening light, so I took this very generic photograph.
Here you can see some nicely aligned seagulls.
At one point, a car arrived on the dock and parked above the stranded boats. The scene looked cool so I decided to put it in the picture. When I took this shot ...
... a fisherman from the bigger boats brought a basket of fish to the car ...
... so he ended up in the post as well.
Meanwhile, up in the sky ...
... the seagulls were looking for a chance to grab a fish or two.
Here you can see a tree that looked pretty good ...
... in the evening light.
These flag-like, orange and black little fluttering things are the essential part of the signaling buoys that are floating above the nets and are connected with them of course. While I was shooting, seagulls were flying across the frame ...
... so I caught two of them.
At this point, my legs were stretched enough. I also photographed more than enough seagulls ...
... mud and water, so I decided to return home.
On the way back, while passing by some closed seaside restaurants, I noticed the almost full moon.
AS ALWAYS IN THESE POSTS ON HIVE, THE PHOTOGRAPHS ARE MY WORK.