Sand/Mud Patterns. Severn river tidal reaches, Arlingham

We went to see the high tide at Sharpness Docks (pics to come) on the Severn Estuary, and then at low tide we walked out onto the river bed at Arlingham. As ever, amazing sand/mud patterns and trails of creatures were on display. And, again as ever, it was exciting and mysterious to be walking along the river where a few hours before, and after, the Severn bore (an incoming tide made wave) will run. These pictures are being shared with the US artist and professor Heather Green for the Tidal Timespace project. See here

Academic paper on tides and nature and culture, Bay of Fundy, Canada. ‘Encounters in the ebb and flood: knowing marine ecologies in the intertidal zone’ by Aurora Fredriksen, Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Manchester, UK.

This is a very interesting paper about tides in the Bay of Fundy, Canada

Here is the abstract

“Shifting rhythmically between land and sea with the ebb and flood tides, shores are places where humans and nonhumans encounter one another in ambivalent relations of deep familiarity and enduring strangeness. Building on Pratt (1991, 2008), I use the space of the intertidal contact zone here to think through a series of uneven encounters between humans and marine wildlife that populate a dispute over tidal energy testing in the Bay of Fundy’s Minas Passage. I trace two contact zones through which knowledge about marine wildlife in the Bay of Fundy is generated: first, the contact zone continually (re-)assembled through the encounters of small-scale and traditional fisher with marine wildlife. Second, the contact zone staged in remote encounters between marine scientists and marine wildlife. The article reflects on the role of bodies in and out of encounter in the different ways of knowing about marine wildlife in this case and considers ethical possibilities and limits of knowing through, versus without, contact with nonhuman animals in the intertidal contact zone.”

The full paper can be accessed as a pdf here

It is to be publsihe in the Journal Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space