Cove Bay

More blue skies, but limited time, so thought I’d take a short trip along the coast to Cove.

Bluebells and Blue skies at Girdleness Lighthouse

Bluebells and Blue skies at Girdleness Lighthouse

Bluebells being out in force at this time of the year add a splash of colour to an already quite pleasant vista

Nigg bay ruined cottage

Nigg bay ruined cottage

Round the corner, swallows (or swifts / house martins?) are zooming around enjoying the sun. I’ll need to try and get a photo of them later

Biking around Nigg Bay

Biking around Nigg Bay

More folk out enjoying a cycle on such a nice day. They probably don’t know they’re away to go through a hike-a-bike section of rocks. Hope they don’t burst a tyre on the jaggies

Heron at Nigg bay

Heron at Nigg bay

Gliding in towards the beach, great day for fishing

Sunny day at Nigg

Sunny day at Nigg

Permission was granted recently for this bay to be destroyed for use as a decommissioning port. In a few years time this will all be concrete, rusty iron, razor wire and pollution. The proposal had images of cruise liners and plenty greenery, but in reality the supporting infrastructure will obliterate most of the bay and probably a few hundred meters inland for yards / roads. Yet again the people of Torry get their environment bludgeoned with nothing in return.

I went inland to detour across Tullos hill, found a patch of jack-in-the-hedge and picked some leaves for salad later

Garlic mustard / Jack-in-the-hedge (Alliaria petiolata)

Garlic mustard / Jack-in-the-hedge (Alliaria petiolata)

No birds of prey today up on the hill, but reclaimed a KOM on a segment at the top, by quite a margin, with a long dry spell and a tail wind making for great conditions.

Flowery verges

Flowery verges

Back off the hill and going along the coastal road to save time (and avoid the precipitous dangers of the coastal path). Road and trail verges alive with flowers

Tunnel under railway to coastal path

Tunnel under railway to coastal path

There’s a few places where you can cross or go under the rail line that dissects the coastal path from the road. I explored down some but there’s not much but fields on the other side. It’s a bit breezy so don’t fancy the heights of the path on the last leg to Cove.

Arriving in Cove, I meander through the village taking a few wrong turns before I find the hill down to the harbour

Sea front at Cove Bay

Sea front at Cove Bay

A nice view North to cliffs, and zooming in can see plenty of bird life using the rocks

 

Cliffs at Cove Bay

Cliffs at Cove Bay

Some nice rocks and wild flowers

Bonny day at Cove Bay

Bonny day at Cove Bay

 

Rock pool Cove Harbour

Rock pool Cove Harbour

Quick look in the rock pool for any beasties

Cove harbour anti-tank block

Cove harbour anti-tank block

I guess the block may be a remnant from WW2, used to block invading panzers; however down at the sea front a more modern conflict is under way – a cold war between the land owner, a recent incomer from abroad who is a plastic surgeon, and the local fisherman who have used this harbour for generations. I have little sympathy for wealthy landowners who inflict alienation upon communities; shame there’s not enough backbone from local authorities to stand up to this kind of nonsense, whether here or in Mennie.

Entrance to Cove harbour

Entrance to Cove harbour

Despite the sign I’m going to exert my right to roam. There have been various attempts to block the road with boulders by the land owner recently.

Cove Bay harbour

Cove Bay harbour

Down towards the water an ancient machine in rusted retirement no longer hauls in the day’s catch. The breakwater and pier were constructed back in 1878

Cove Bay fishing boats

Cove Bay fishing boats

A small fleet of brightly coloured boats are still here

Cove Bay boat numbers

Cove Bay boat numbers

I wonder if boats need registration numbers like cars

Boats n bits 1

Boats n bits 1

More decaying industrial relics amongst the boats

Boats n bits 2

Boats n bits 2

Ropes n pots

Lobster boat

Lobster boat

No doubting the quarry of these fine vessels

Shellfish boat

Shellfish boat

Who knows what stormy drama caused a dent in this rusty stake

Cove harbour iron mooring posts

Cove harbour iron mooring posts

Handy pebble-buried ring for locking up boat or bike

Cove harbour iron mooring hoop

Cove harbour iron mooring hoop

Splashing and flapping residents the only creatures enjoying the sun down here today

Cove harbour birds

Cove harbour birds

Headed back up the hill (phew fair old climb) grabbed a snack from the corner shop then back along the coastal road. Paths lead off here and there into patches of woods and rough ground, between the industrial estates that abound inland here. I have a quick nosey

Wood at Burnbanks, Altens

Wood at Burnbanks, Altens

Heading back down to the road at Altens

Wood at Burnbanks, Altens

Wood at Burnbanks, Altens

Looking back across the railway line I notice a ruin. I pondered then decided to head back to the last underpass to go explore.

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Once this was somebody’s proud snug, storms were weathered, the fireplace roared and tales were told

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Now silent to the weeds and the whoosh of trains, a crackle of brambles, and clink of clumsy drunks bottles

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

More ruins lie closer to the cliff’s edge

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Nature encroaches

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

Easter Croft ruin, Altens

The neighbours probably don’t see many visitors down this path

Easter Croft coo

Easter Croft coo

Trains bustle past full of phone tappers and amazon parcels

Rail bridge beside Hareness Road

Rail bridge beside Hareness Road

This would have been a wind swept keep

Ruin near Altens haven

Ruin near Altens haven

The dandelions like it though

Ruin near Altens haven

Ruin near Altens haven

Hanging by the edge of the nearby cliff, perhaps an old war artefact – a gun mount? maybe just an odd trig point

Concrete post beside cliff

Concrete post beside cliff

I guess these mark creels or nets expectantly waiting the fishers of cove

Fisherman's markers

Fisherman’s markers

Back at Nigg bay some interesting clouds are scudding over the cliffs. Swallows are there again. So fast, almost impossible to snap except by accident, sifting though a 100 burst mode shots later on, will extract barely a blurry shadow or two

Swift and Altocumulus

Swift and Altocumulus

Another aerial visitor. Sweeps out over the bay, and then as if realising the fragility of twin blades against the endless deep, heads back inland

Helicopter and Altocumulus

Helicopter and Altocumulus

The clouds resolve back to normal fluffiness

Swallow n Cumulus

Swallow n Cumulus

Hardy flowery souls cling to a perch in the rocks

Thrift (armeria maritima)

Thrift (armeria maritima)

The torry coo casting a shadow

Shadow of the Torry Coo

Shadow of the Torry Coo

The wind’s got up and is blasting waves in shore

Breakwater breaking water

Breakwater breaking water

I stop at a couple boards I’ve never really paid much attention to before. Not your usual map and wildlife guides

Aberdeen and North Sea geology information board

Aberdeen and North Sea geology information board

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History of Aberdeen Harbour information board

History of Aberdeen Harbour information board

I attempt to snap some swallows against the moon but they’re too fast. Here, have a seagull instead

Seagull n moon

Seagull n moon

Back near the harbour, the fluffy clouds makes for a better shot than before, balances the complexity of the rock foreground

Breakwater bluebells

Breakwater bluebells

At the high tide mark there’s a lot of shells

Breakwater shells

Breakwater shells

 

Shells

Shells

 

Down amongst the rocks and seaweed, and in between waves, swallows are skimming at high speed, it looks perilous like any moment a splash could wipe one out, but their agility is amazing, so I stopped to watch the spectacle for 10 minutes.

This time rather than trying to track them, I wait for them to pass in front of the view. Still blurry but they’re in there.

Next time I’ll need to bring along my CHDK canon compact. CHDK is a custom operating system for canon compacts that adds extra functionality including a neat motion-detection mode that will snap away when something enters the view

Swallows (swifts?)  skimming the coast

Swallows (swifts?) skimming the coast

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