Archive for November, 2011

The changing shape of the north coast…

Posted on: November 25th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Some 'adaptations' take Millenia, others are more rapid…

VIDEO: Geomarine and Ronez 'resculpt' the western side of La Grève de Lecq

You probably saw it here first, unless you were there.

Before:

After:

My how you have changed over the years. Cliff stabilisation works will now continue.

The last time there was an explosion of this magnitude at Grève, was when Dad found a mine while ormering behind the pier in 1997…

À bétôt!


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Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


Last hour of daylight on the bottom left hand corner

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Inbound tanker Stolt Kite about to receive a Jersey Pilot…

You should have heard them…

La Corbière with Les Roches Douvres light on the horizon ~ 26.7 miles (42.9km) distant… 

Creature of habit…

Commodore Clipper making the corner…

À bétôt!


Low Energy Environments

Posted on: November 20th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Fliquet Tower – pre 1787, one of the earliest…

Channel wrack (Pelvetia canaliculata) ~ robust, upper shore survivor…

Deciduous strandline relic…

Brent geese, bernaches cravants…

Sunday = strolling…

Archirondel Tower 1793-1794, one of the youngest…

How long can this go on for? La Rocque later…


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Posted on: November 20th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


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Posted on: November 20th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments


Grey day

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Grey ship ~ hardly there at all in fact, no trace on AIS. HMS Iron Duke

Neaping tide strandlines reveal bays within the Bay

Il faut en profiter ~ Rock pipit (Anthus petrosus)

From Les Monts de Grantez ~ there has been one of these each day for a while now: 16:26GMT or thereabouts…


Late Saturday afternoon push on the Violet

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

A few of the La Rocque Cru…

Herring gull (Larus argentatus), grey heron (Ardea cinerea) and little egret (Egretta garzetta)…

Variegated scallop (Chlamys varia)…

Red breasted mergansers (Mergus serrator)

Seymour Tower (1782)…

Chancre (Cancer pagurus) for tea.


HERITAGE

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret 106 Comments

The pretty aquarium at Havre-des-Pas ~ just a quarter of an hour's walk from the centre of the town, and within a stone's throw of the new swimming pond ~ should not fail to be visited, and is a delightful resort alike from the extreme beauty and tastefulness of the gorgeous sea wonders placed on show, as from the wonderful interest attaching to the greater part of these. In every sense this is a genuine 'Aquarium' and the Director is not exaggerating when he describes it as the “best-arranged and most beautiful establishment in Europe.”

 

That weird sea-monster, the octopus, so celebrated by Victor Hugo, is a special feature ~ four to five being always on view, restlessly swimming and crawling about their tank. But it is in those wonderful sea-flowers, the many-coloured anemones, that this aquarium is unique. Never has a finer show of these gorgeous creatures been exhibited and one cannot but admire the enterprise that has enabled such a splendid collection to be brought together. The Butterfly Gurnards, with their blue-jewelled fins; the tanks showing the wonderful changes in colouring that can be effected on fishes by changing to the colour of the sand or gravel they live amongst; the shoals of silvery sand-eels, bass and mullet; the bronzed crowds of whiting; the curious crested blennies; the numerous kinds of local sharks and their near relatives the rays and the monk-fish; with giant craw-fishes and lobsters and strange crabs of grotesque form, are among some of the other attractions. All these are beautifully framed in a pretty setting of shrubbery, and here and there about the central floor, little rock ponds and small aquaria give accommodation to such smaller fry as pretty fan-crowned, plume worms, argus-eyed sucker fishes, anemones and the like.

Above the aquarium is a reading-room and museum in which a splendid collection of preserved specimens, many of which are on sale, are exhibited. We may add that on certain days of the week, special evening illumination takes place, and then with brilliant lights playing upon the tanks, the beauty and interest of the scene will be difficult to surpass. Jersey is indeed fortunate in having such a well-managed and interesting Aquarium. [Transcribed from Harry Clark's Guide Book (1894)]

The large building in the image below housed Joseph Sinel and James Hornell's Marine Biological Station and the aformentioned aquarium…

Today, we have no marine laboratory, or aquarium…

But more than enough luxury accommodation. We fully support the Constable of St Helier Simon Crowcroft's effort to put the La Folie site to 'cultural' use. While the buildings are not particularly special, it is hard to imagine an area within the Port of St Helier with greater heritage, sitting as it does twixt the original English and French Harbours.

À bétôt!


COMMUNITY SERVICE

Posted on: November 9th, 2011 by Andrew Syvret No Comments

Descending Le Mont du Valet, L'Etacq Hill…

Politics is the art of controlling your environment ~ Hunter S. Thompson

At the other end of the Bay things are a little tidier…

Was passing earlier ~ La Hougue Bie. Fills the heart…

Ancient navigation mark?

metaphors, metaphors