Muse of the Month January : Winter Whites at the Seaside

26th January 2016
There's nothing quite so restorative as a walk along the North Norfolk coast in January. The cutting, cold wind, coming straight off the North Sea. The tangy taste of brine in the air helps to rejuvenate appetites lost, post festive fare. Colours are muted, soft one moment and harsh the next as the reflected light changes.

It's interesting to note that whilst garden and woodland birds are now looking resplendent in their winter colours, waders and gulls aren't really so colourful. In fact pale pastels and winter whites are their fashion palette flattering their slim profiles but further hardening the stare from those hard, glacial eyes.

Typical of any seafront, the local band of hoodlums queue and vie for the best spot on the seawall,usually near a litter bin but cunningly always where kind residents park their cars and throw them crumbs from their car windows.

Combining the body charges, the thrust and parry of beaks with balestra-esque ballet moves the gulls create the cadence of a worthy Corps a Corps musically in time with their painful, plaintive, ear piercing cries.

For my January muse I have tried to combine their toughness with some softness.. as ever its the paradox of nature that weaves it magic on me, please take time to look at my muse on the month gallery for more coastal bird images.

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