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Low Tide in Whitby Upper Harbour

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This is the Whitby upper harbour at low water. The depth of water at the weir is only half a metre or so. The tide rises and falls twice per day and during spring tides, the height can exceed 6.5 metres. The white shed in the background is in fact a temporary canopy, cladding a very large scaffold frame. A new ship of several hundred tonnes is being constructed within the shelter of the canopy. Fishing vessels from around the UK visit this ship repair yard for major refits and general maintenance! In the enlarged view, a fishing vessel can be seen in the floating dock to the left of the canopy, it is undergoing routine maintenance.>>>>> THIS PHOTO IS BEST SEEN BY CLICKING ON IT THEN CLICKING view original image on the next image.

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Comments (18)

Potoka on April 17, 2012

Awesome framing

Nice colors

Like!!!!!!!!! + YS

Greetings from Basque Country (Spain)

David Brown Photogra… on April 25, 2012

Wow.... I had to check the date on this one and then wonder how I (and many others apparently) had missed this one Jim

I just checked my own shot of this part of the harbour from last year (September time) and the same boats are in the same place which suggests they are creatures of habit, or they don't get out much.

Could be either. This is a fabulous and under remarked nighttime shot ol' chum.

Best wishes from a chilly North Carolina - Jethro

Jewels on April 25, 2012

What a lovely evening, filled with so many wonderful colors and details. I remember on my trip to England 2 years ago visiting Wells by the Sea ( I think I got that right)and I kept asking where was the sea? lol Most of the pics I got were of the boats on the sand which made the view even more interesting.

Kind regards, Julie

enroqueff on May 1, 2012
  • 3ª- Barca en la ola, surcando el deseo, penetrando la pasión, golpeando y golpeando, roca de terciopelo, la piel fundida, barca a la deriva, llegando a puerto, de navegar agotada, en el corazón anclada, dormida en el pecho, barca de amor y sueños. Gracias. AXOTA.
Gabor Retei on May 10, 2012

Interesting info here Jim about the tide and about the boat yard. Our boat building in Vancouver getting some interest latelly too. Our 5m tide is no mach for yours, but I have never seen so many boats up, high and dry!

Cheers and a big like to this beauty,


Zsuzsanna Bánfalvi on July 25, 2012

Beautiful evening shot !


My friendly greeting,Natuska

John Adamson on August 5, 2012

Hello Jim, I hope this finds all well with you - I have not had much time for panoramio for quite a while and am trying to catch up.

This is a wonderful evening shot Jim, I love the composition and colours you have captured to perfection. It brings back memories of a lovely spot. YS and LIKE.

Greetings from Indonesia John

Christos Theodorou on December 23, 2012

Very beautiful night photo. I’m wishing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Greetings!

Miguel Bortfeldt on December 27, 2012

Splendid evening shot. Like. Greetings, Miguel.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 28, 2012

Potoka~~~Thanks for your generous appraisal and YSL :)

Jethrohoyt~~~~You are very observant Jethro :) True, many of these boats languish here for years, rarely leaving the safety of the harbour..There are a few boats for sale but there are few buyers in these hard times..Only the mega-rich are buying boats in this day and age..Maybe that is where all our money went pal! Your generous appraisal means a lot good bud!

Jewels~~~Hello Julie, I finally got around to answering months of mail and now I'm trying to catch up!! I may never achieve this. As for Wells-by-the-sea I have never visited this place but it appears that the river bed dried out due to silt and the sea receded! Thanks for your lovely comment Jewels :))

enroqueff~~~Always the poet enroqueff, you write the most amazing comments, thank you!

Gabor Retei~~~Hi! Gabe :) The harbour dries out like this twice per day leaving these boats high and dry..They are only able to leave or return to their moorings three hours before and after high water..There is insufficient depth after that time!

Bánfalvi Suzi Natuska ### I'm guessing that you have been on vacation over the Christmas period..I hope you had a great time :)

john adamson~~~Always a pleasure to find you here John..Like yourself, I've been missing from Pano for months!..Following a move to another apartment in Whitby, my year was consumed with making my new home a nice place in which to live..It was a bit of a hovel! I know that you fell in love with Whitby and I'm glad that you return to see me from time to time! Your generous appraisal means very much to me..jim

Steve Drury~~~Steve, you made my day..Your appreciation is gratefully received good bud :))

Christos Theodorou~~~Thank you for your kind comments Christos and especially for your New Year wishes!

Miguel Bortfeldt~~~~Last but not least my friend Miguel :) I am most grateful for your lovely compliment :)

To you all, I extend my best wishes and hopes for a happy and peaceful New Year

Kind regards!


Splendid evening shot. Like. Greetings, Miguel.

Stathis Xionidis on December 30, 2012

I love your night images.Strong light at the blue hour that i also like.Good works my friend.Happy New Year 2 0 1 3 LIKE+FAV.Stathis

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on December 30, 2012

Greetings Stathis Chionidis :) It's good to see you here and I'm delighted for your generous appraisal, the YSL means a lot :)

Kind regards!


Puna on November 17, 2013

Hello Jim the tide is out,so I guess we both have to 'wait' a little while to go fishing >>)))))o> -:).Wonderful Shot like.


Jim Evans (AXOTA) on November 17, 2013

Puna~~~~Greetings Anand :)~~~~~~This was taken just a few hundred yards from the other picture with the boat-lift. I really enjoy walking along this estuary Anand, it constantly changes in subtle ways, especially when the tide is so low. The boat masts lean at crazy angles ,the glutinous mud attracts lots of wading birds searching for a tasty morsel. There are other sea-birds roosting on the pontoons accompanied by cormorants, herons, ducks and swans. I've seen the occasional otter lurking about too. All manner of river craft, fishing boats, a dredger, canoeists, RIBs, pleasure cruisers full of tourists etc etc There is a seal population living in the estuary which take hundreds of Atlantic salmon on their way up-river to spawn.

Best wishes pal!


Mark Evers on November 24, 2013

Wonderful night shot. YSL. Mark.

Buts Yuri on November 25, 2013

Wonderful night shot and view! like 16! Greetings from Ukraine, Yuri.

Mário Eloi Castro on December 8, 2013

Wonderful blue hour photo!

L& F

Hugs from Portugal, Mário Eloi Castro

Ivan Logvinov on February 10, 2014

Beautiful photo!
Best regards from Russia!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on April 6, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Jim Evans (AXOTA)
    • Camera: PENTAX PENTAX K-7
    • Taken on 2012/04/05 19:35:43
    • Exposure: 6.000s
    • Focal Length: 45.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO140
    • Exposure Bias: 1.00 EV
    • No flash