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Weekly Photo Challenge … Merge

August 21, 2012

I was born on the Hamble, on the south coast of England; a child of the river.  From the womb I have had a healthy relationship with my environment.  The wind and the tide were my constant companions; treated with honour and respect. The flow from the source of the river Hamble was fairly insignificant; it was the twice daily tide that flooded from the sea which brought life, uncertainty and disorder to the river dwellers.  

I now live on the Thames at Reading where there is no tidal flow upstream.  However; there is a downward stream from the Cotswolds in Gloucestershire.  In the winter there are threats of floods and broken banks; but mostly the river supports a steady flow of little boats unhindered by tide and her  constant fluctuations.
It is not until the Thames reaches the Teddington Lock does it merge with swell and salt of the North Sea.
I recently ventured down stream in search of the William Morris’ Home at Hammersmith.  I was surprised to see mud either side of the river and sea gulls foraging in the weeds left by the receding tide.  Also the smell of the sea that was long forgotten.  As we watched and waited, we saw little flurries on the surface of the water as the tide turned and merged with the downward flow.  Gradually the muddy water became turbulent as the flow increased.   Within minutes the sail boats that had been pulled up on the shingle banks were pushed into the deepening channel and were carried upstream as their sails caught the breeze that I remember as a child came with the turn of the tide.

While this post may meet the challenge set by The Daily Post at WordPress.com 

and not a technical photographic work of art it does demonstrate the merging of the tide with the constant downward flow and the emergent river folk who attempt to wrestle with it.  

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