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Mudeford Quay from Hengistbury Head.

Mudeford Quay and The Race.

Mudeford Quay and The Race from Hengistbury Head.

The view from Hengistbury Head.

It seems every time we walk over Hengistbury Head, we do it without the aid of sunshine! Today’s walk was no different. I am longing to get a photograph of the famous beach huts bathed in sunlight, but that was not going to happen today.

However, I did manage to get this shot looking towards Mudeford Quay from the far end of the spit at Hengistbury Head. The water in between is known as “The Race”, and had been responsible for many people getting into difficulties because of the exceptionally strong flows.

Mudeford Spit, which can be seen in the foreground and right-hand side of the picture, is owned (along with Hengistbury Head) by Bournemouth Borough Council. Mudeford Quay, on the other side, is owned by Christchurch Council. Between them, “The Race” forms the entrance to Christchurch Harbour, the tranquility of which belies the ferocious currents that run with the tide.

Today would have been my father’s 94th birthday. My parents had an affinity with both Hengistbury Head and Mudeford. It is a fitting tribute to have taken this photograph on today of all days. Even without the sun.

Photograph Details

  • Taken: 17 Mar 2017
  • Camera: Canon 5D MkIII
  • Lens: Canon EF 24-70mm 1:2.8 L II USM
  • Focal Length 24mm
  • F/8
  • 1/250 Sec
  • ISO 100

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