Jun 17, 2017 | France, Nature, Photography, Travel

On our recent weekend in the Baie de Somme area, we were staying at St. Valéry sur Somme and this was the view from our hotel.

The Baie de Somme (Bay of the Somme or Somme Bay) is a large estuary in the Picardie region of France. The bay drains six rivers into the English Channel, principally the River Somme, and covers a total area of 72 km2 (28 sq mi). The bay is noted for its ornithological richness, as well as being a major tourist attraction.

When the tide is out, the Baie is characterized by wide, flat areas of marsh and sand, from which the delicacy of glasswort, also known as pickle weed or  marsh samphire, salicornes in Frenchare collected. As the tide rises the bay fills, during which time numerous working, leisure and tourist boats cross between the surrounding villages.

The largest towns on the bay are Saint-Valery-sur-SommeLe Crotoy, Hourdel and, a few miles inland of the bay, Noyelles-sur-Mer. These towns are popular tourist destinations and are connected by the preserved steam railway line, the Chemin de Fer de la Baie de Somme.

The view and wide horizon offered a great opportunity for some panning shots in the hope of creating some new abstract photos.


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