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Mudflats and Shopping Trolleys


An occasional series illustrating a Journey along the River Mersey

Along the river banks the mudflats are exposed when the tide recedes, also exposed is much of the detritus of modern living, discarded without thought or consideration. As the sun's setting rays light up the mud the shopping trolleys and pram wheels can be seen in all their glory.

Over the last few years the River Mersey has been cleaned up considerably, all down to the enthusiasm of Michael Heseltine in the 1980s. Fish can now be found there and, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, over 100,000 ducks and waders can be found taking an inter-tidal afternoon tea on the mudflats. Not many about here but plenty of footprints, perhaps they are shy birds.

Experts suggest, so who am I to disagree, that one cubic metre of Mersey Mud contains enough worms and insects to match the calorie content of 16 Mars Bars.


Mudflats and Shopping Trolleys


An occasional series illustrating a Journey along the River Mersey

Along the river banks the mudflats are exposed when the tide recedes, also exposed is much of the detritus of modern living, discarded without thought or consideration. As the sun's setting rays light up the mud the shopping trolleys and pram wheels can be seen in all their glory.

Over the last few years the River Mersey has been cleaned up considerably, all down to the enthusiasm of Michael Heseltine in the 1980s. Fish can now be found there and, according to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, over 100,000 ducks and waders can be found taking an inter-tidal afternoon tea on the mudflats. Not many about here but plenty of footprints, perhaps they are shy birds.

Experts suggest, so who am I to disagree, that one cubic metre of Mersey Mud contains enough worms and insects to match the calorie content of 16 Mars Bars.


comments (9)

  • Astrid
  • the Nehterlands
  • 31 Dec 2007, 05:56
Nice capture, but sad to see what people do, the lighting is great!
Les Auld: Thanks Astrid, appreciate the comment.
An all to familiar sight. At least you have managed to render it beautiful. (:o)
Les Auld: So familiar Rosalyn, especially in the rivers around here, thanks for the comment.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Dec 2007, 08:36
Typical sight Les but well captured by yousmile
Les Auld: Thanks Tracy, there was much more but I thought that one picture was enough.
Fantastic light capture les...and lots of er...useful information as well!
Les Auld: Thanks david, a useful dinner party topic of conversation I think.
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 Dec 2007, 09:22
LOL - that must be one of the best reads I have ever had, glad to hear "Tarzan" made a positive difference on the environment!

On a photographic note, I am puzzled by the "torn edge" effect. Is the shot naturally framed buy a bird hivd window or are they trees just out of shot? Whichever I think it looks great and adds to the eeire quality of the image.
Les Auld: Thanks Mike, I used a texture on the outer edge of the picture to give the torn effect.
Are'nt we suppose to be civilized people? Very nice capture though with a beautyful lighting
Les Auld: Thanks Richard, appreciate the comment.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 31 Dec 2007, 09:58
Strat packing and processing the mud as Mersey Bars - you'll be rich before the scandal of the worms hit the press grin

Great shot - I have pictures of shopping carts in SA waters and in Austria. Must be happening allover.
Les Auld: OK Louis, new product coming, will you take up the Franchise in your part of the world.
I'll stick to the Mars bars! Love the picture Les. Why do people throw supermarket trolleys into rivers and canals?
Les Auld: Because they can Bill, agree about the Mars Bars though, thanks for the comment.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 1 Jan 2008, 00:03
What a sorry sight, but somehow very poetic too.
Ingrid
Les Auld: Looks better when the tide is in Ingrid, thanks for the comment.

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