Cleveleys, Lancashire – June 2019

I’d seen an online photograph of Mary’s Shell at Cleveleys and, since Cleveleys is less than an hour’s drive from home, I decided to travel up in time for a sunset shot when weather permitted.

I wasn’t sure that tide conditions would be best but opted for a day when there would be a low tide. I know now that it would have been a good idea to return when there is a high tide so that I could see the sculpture floating close to its anchor. I’ve since learned that it was damaged by rough weather in 2020.

Cleveleys is a small seaside resort, on England’s North-West coast between Blackpool and Fleetwood. Mary’s Shell was easy to find on the beach near where I’d parked my car.

 The Shell is 8 metres long and 4 metres tall, so it was also easy to see – big enough to climb inside. It was completely visible because the tide was out, but the setting Sun made some of the shots difficult despite my lens-hood and, as a result, there were colour aberrations on some images.

Another sculpture, one that I hadn’t previously known about, was The Ogre – at the sea end of a stone groyne. It features in the two photos below I believe that both of these public sculptures have something to do with Cleveleys’ folklore and coast trail: there is a specially commissioned story book – The Sea Swallow – that combines these myths and legends.

Author: writingandphotography0531

My name is Gerald Murphy. I am a retired local government officer. At the time of my retirement I was an IT manager and had associated responsibilities for training. I had previously been involved, in various organisations, with aspects of industrial training and management development. My main hobby is photography and, until 2016, hillwalking in Snowdonia. Sciatica has put an end to mountain walks and, as a carer for my wife, opportunities for photography excursions are now more limited. Since July 2022, I have started using this site as a photobook.

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