GALLERY: Readers’ pictures – October 2014

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THERE is high drama in this month’s Readers’ Picture Gallery.

Natural events and potential disasters were caught on camera by readers of the Shoreham Herald.

Photographer snappytappy sent a collection of pictures taken on an autumnal afternoon at the Old Shoreham Cement Works last Tuesday. "What a great cloud formation behind the cement works, got some great shots." Visit www.snappytappy.com to see more.

Photographer snappytappy sent a collection of pictures taken on an autumnal afternoon at the Old Shoreham Cement Works last Tuesday. "What a great cloud formation behind the cement works, got some great shots." Visit www.snappytappy.com to see more.

Other scenes feature nature at its best, including scenic views in the sunshine.

Cyril Crouch from Shoreham Beach watched as fishing trawler Lady L from Brixham broke free while Charity and Liberty from Dumfries was towing her out of Shoreham Harbour on October 10.

He sent in a series of five pictures capturing the drama as the pair entered the really choppy sea beyond the entrance to Shoreham Harbour.

The towing line parted, leaving the Lady L floundering. She was within a few feet of the harbour wall but drifted away from the arm.

A failed attempt to get a towline to Lady L was made with both vessels very close to each other, then the Lady L hit the harbour wall, bursting two of her large yellow fenders with very big bangs.

Finally, ‘a successful tow out to sea after a very dramatic 30 to 40 minutes of hard work and seamanship’.

Mr Crouch captured another bit of drama a week later when a young herring gull flew into the fishing lines and had to be rescued.

“After being lifted up the harbour wall, a small cloth was placed over its beak to stop it pecking them,” he said.

“They then attempted to remove the fishing line from the gull’s wings.”

The line was removed and the bird is seen flying free.

The choppy seas caught the eyes of two other readers, too.

Jacky Woolcock, of Beach Road, Shoreham Beach, took two pictures of the waves at high tide on October 9 and John Earthey took a picture at high tide on Shoreham Beach at 12.35pm the same day.

A dramatic, ‘even threatening’, cumulonimbus cloud over Southwick caught the eye of Tim Meredith, of Southwick Street, Southwick, on October 11.

Una Markwick, of Victoria Road, Shoreham, had better weather for her holiday in the New Forest and sent in two pictures of the ponies there.

And David Mcdonald captured a beautiful sunrise over the River Adur.

Malcolm and Sue Grinstead photographed a female great spotted woodpecker looking for breakfast in their newly-trimmed tree in Greenways Crescent, Shoreham.

Victoria Mitchell from Shoreham said her colourful sunflowers were still going strong, despite wind and rain mid-October.

Paul Collington, of Goring Road, Steyning, sent in a follow-up picture to one we published earlier this year, of an emperor dragonfly laying eggs in his garden pond.

“I thought you might be interested in one of its offspring,” he said. “This nymph is about 1¾ inches long in old money, extremely aggressive and we think it has taken two of our shoal of minnows. It moves quite slowly most of the time but can accelerate very quickly to grab its prey.”

In Jane Cosham’s garden, in Hawkins Crescent, Shoreham, it was fungi that captured her attention, appearing after a wet few days.

David Tarr, of North Street, Shoreham, took two pictures on a sunny Sunday (October 5), capturing reflections on Widewater Lagoon. One shows a family paddling through and another shows a little egret.

He also sent in a picture of the ‘marvellous repainting job’ at the bandstand at Beach Green, Lancing, an appropriate picture as Remembrance Sunday approaches.

Mr Tarr cut the sunflower heads off for the birds to enjoy, but as his photograph shows, it was the squirrel that found them first!

He also sent a picture of his Hallowe’en pumkin carving, What’s New, Pussycat?.

Photographer snappytappy sent a collection of pictures taken on an autumnal afternoon at the Old Shoreham Cement Works last Tuesday. “What a great cloud formation behind the cement works, got some great shots.” Visit www.snappytappy.com to see more.