As you leave the car park and head for Ainsdale beach you climb up over a narrow ridge of dunes. This fringe of marram stretches all along the Sefton coast providing a wonderful backdrop to the sea and beach. Looking from the crest of the dunes with the tide in gives a wonderful view of marram, sea & sky!
It’s not in for long, but when there is a high tide the whole of Southport Pier is actually under water. Unfortunately it’s not deep enough to swim in; in fact, a decent pair of wellies would get you out quite a distance before they filled with seawater!
The best option for shooting at high tide is to take a long exposure so that the shallow sea becomes smoothed with time. This shot took 40 seconds (and a bit of post processing)!