1 April 2017

Winteringham

South of The Humber. This was the point where Ermine Street arrived at the great river estuary. Ermine Street was an important artery in Roman Britain. It led from Lincoln (Lindum) to York (Eburacum) but in between was the  shallow tidal river over half a mile across that lies beyond the reeds you can see in this picture. It is said that the Romans forded The Humber from this point... or perhaps they used simple boats too. There were soldiers, builders and merchants. Taking this watery route avoided a forty mile detour. I think The Humber would have been shallower in those days with no dredging activity and perhaps there was a causeway of branches and reeds to make it easier to pass over the river mud at low tide, Today it seems almost outrageous that fording happened from here for four hundred years. The Humber is so very different from a babbling mountain stream.

I stopped here before heading over The Humber Bridge to watch Hull City beat West Ham United 2-1, adding extra hope to the possibility of remaining in England's Premier League.

11 comments:

  1. Calm water...more water. We here in Queensland and northern New South Wales have had far more than our fair share of water this past week..,

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    1. We have been hearing about Hurricane Debbie over here. Some tragic stories. I am pleased that you live up a mountain Lee.

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  2. That is a fabulous photograph.

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    1. Thank you Sue. I was mooching about near the inlet when there was sudden burst of sunshine, illuminating what had been a grey scene moments before.

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  3. That picture has a very emotional atmosphere to accompany it's beauty.

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    1. There's a special mood about muddy tidal rivers, waiting for the moon to bring the water.

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  4. Great photo. I take it that the area is tidal or are those sand yachts?!

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    1. Yes it is tidal SP and besides that is sticky river mud you can see - not sand. When did you last visit Specsavers?

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  5. Crop off the mud in the foreground, and you have the makings of an excellent next project for a watercolour. The sky makes a very good background.

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    1. I am going to try a few simple landscapes next but thanks for the idea CG. I will keep it in mind.

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  6. Lovely photo, and interesting commentary. Hardy people they were.

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