Title:
Burghead Harbour – Storm
Photographer:
David Shillabeer
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Europe
Country:
Scotland
Human Impacts
Camera Used:
Canon EOS 7D
Image caption:

It is 10.32 in the morning of 21st October 2014 and the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo is battering the harbour wall of Burghead Harbour. The wall juts out into the waters of The Moray Firth on the east coast of Scotland. I had to tummy crawl to the edge of the headland to get the shot because you couldn't stand in the force of the wind, the speeds of which were far higher than forecast. The harbour wall was built by humans to protect a Herring fishing fleet which has long been been decimated by overfishing. The jet stream which usually passes to the north of Scotland now more commonly buckles south, deepening the low pressure systems on its north side. Is this the result of global warming? A whole industry in serious decline because of commercial greed and environmental change.

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