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High & Dry

"Want is a thing that unfurls unbidden like fungus, opening large upon itself, stopless, filling the sky.

But needs, from one day to the next, are few enough to fit in a bucket, with room enough left to rattle like brittle brush in a dry wind."

Barbara Kingsolver (High Tide in Tucson: Essays from Now or Never)


Another scene from the surreal and beautiful landscape of Dungeness. There is a remarkable and unique variety of wildlife living at Dungeness, with over 600 different types of plant (a third of all those found in Britain). It is one of the best places in Britain to find insects such as moths, bees and beetles, and spiders; many of these are very rare, some found nowhere else in Britain.


The flooded gravel pits, both brackish and fresh water, provide an important refuge for many migratory and coastal bird species. One of the most remarkable features of the site is an area known as 'the patch' or, by anglers, as 'the boil'. The waste hot water and sewage from the Dungeness nuclear power stations are pumped into the sea through two outfall pipes, enriching the biological productivity of the sea bed and attracting seabirds from miles around.


Dungeness Dreaming Series #5


* Pentax K20D and Samsung D-Xenon 50-200mm Lens - 3 shot HDR


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Taken on June 2, 2011