When you live in the Mediterranean you are not used to this kind of change of sea level. In my trip to the North I’m learning to understand a little bit about it in order to take advantage photographically.
When preparing this route I tried that in my way along the coast (at least in the parts I believed to be more interesting) coincided with low tide. That is because that is when the water level goes down, showing its hiding rocks. And the northern coast is spectacular at the various forms and rocky outcrops. Some of them are pointed, some are straight or curved lines, some have holes and even door-shaped, but most of them are hidden under water, and only can be appreciated at low tide .
Well, there goes the curiosity. Not only are there high and low tide, but there are also spring tides and neap tides, to complicate a little, well. Spring tides occur coinciding with the full moon and new moon and it’s when, during low tide, the water is removed much higher percentage than during a neap tide. Although when I started my path through the North I had already learned a little about low and high tides, I’ve learned about this by talking with surfers and fishermen in the area.
By now I’ve gone through the Basque and Cantabrian coast and now I get into Asturian lands, expecting that I will gradually get closer to the spring tide.
Another curious fact: Even knowing the time when low tide is rising every day depending on the area that we cover, I just wet my feet every beach I visit. Many of the beaches access I’m shooting is quite hard to achieve and the way back gets closed at low tide. If we add that I like to rush to the last moment It gives as a result having to put my legs and feet into the water when coming back. But who departs when the wave comes? The one who won’t get wet, but not me, I get wet. (So yes, then I need to clean filters every day!)