Looking Back

My theme this week is the tiny island of Lindisfarne, famous for being a place of holy retreat and for the mead and other drinks that it produces. Lindisfarne is connected to the mainland by a causeway that is only accessible when the tide goes out, and I made the area of the island around the causeway my focus for the day.

Between the refuge shown yesterday and the terra firma of Holy Island, the route across the bay is the most challenging, with the mud flats at their deepest. Once you’ve made it over, however, looking back along the route you’ve just taken, there’s a certain sense of satisfaction of having made the walk to Holy Island over this alternative route. After all, how often do you get the chance to walk safely across a coastal bay and out to an island?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s photos of the crossing of the bay to Lindisfarne, and indeed I hope that it inspires you to attempt it yourself if you ever visit. I made it across despite carrying a long-term knee injury, proving that the route isn’t only for the completely-fit and healthy. Just remember to know your tide times, and set off sooner rather than later.

Next week’s wallpaper will continue to look at Lindisfarne, and in particular the causeway road itself. And then the week after I’ll share the photos I’ve taken of the causeway as the tide reclaims it, which will see us through to the end of February.

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Photography: Merthyr Road | Daily Desktop Wallpaper | 25×9 | Twitter.

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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