Sunday Post Extra: After the Rain

The totally bizarre effect of sunshine after the rain on a mudflat, the tide rapidly ebbing.

Breydon Water: 28 August 2019

The interesting thing is how much the mud is greening this year, something I didn’t notice at the time of taking the photo. I can find two possible reasons for that. 1: the combination of sea and river waters that twice daily cover these flat no longer rise so high. 2: the water-carried silts that form these flats have accumulated to such a degree the daily tides no long abrade them.

BTW, if you wonder where the birds, they upped at my approach, and settled on several nice places behind me.

BTW#2: I haven’t messed with this photo, I do swear it (I wouldn’t know how)

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13 Responses to Sunday Post Extra: After the Rain

  1. Violet Lentz says:

    In California there is a lake called Clearlake of all things, that is green like this all year long. It’s caused by some form of algae accumulation, and I don’t know why it only happens there.

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    • I’m thinking you could be right. I’ve just checked out on google, and many of the Norfolk Broads are running notices abour blue-green algae. My daughter & I remarked on the colour of the Fleet, it being very slightly blue-ish green, where are usually it’s grey. Apparently this particular algae is toxic to dogs. But while there Broads are infected, there is no mention anywhere of it being on Breydon. Breydon is a nature reserve, it would not go unnoticed. The other feature against it, algae develops in still water. But Breydon is strongly tidal, the flats covered and exposed two a day.
      I think the infected water is coming down river, and perhaps algae residue is sifted out and left on the mud. I did notice some swirling scum in odd corners, where the tide hasn’t scoured it away, dehydrating in the sun.
      So that might be the answer. Thanks for the nudge in the potentially correct direction.

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  2. Jen Goldie says:

    Come to think of it, I’ve seen videos of how the tides have changed beaches all over the planet. I’m not a scientist nor do I really understand the specifics but the natural elements such as algae would probably have an abnormal effect. Facebook is good for leaving us devastated by showing us the videos of our planets natural catastrophes, or at least the changes.

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  3. Wow! That green is really bright! You were right that this was going to be an interesting post.

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    • I refer you to my reply to Violet, cos it was quite involved.
      Apparently the Norfolk are under attack by blue-green algae. But I’ve found no reports of it affecting Breydon Water. However, all the Broads feed into one of three rivers (Waveney, Yare and Bure) and all three rivers flow across these flats.

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  4. Dale says:

    Very cool photo! (Now THAT could have been a CCC)


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