Monday, 11 April 2016

What a bore!

There are three rivers named "Avon" in England.  (1) The Warwickshire Avon (which runs through Stratford Upon Avon), (2)  The Hampshire Avon. and (3)  The Bristol Avon.

The name "Avon" is a cognate of the Welsh word afon [ˈavɔn] "river", both being derived from the Common Brittonicabona, "river". "River Avon", therefore, literally means "River River".

The Bristol Avon takes its course through my beloved home City of Bristol. where it empties into the Severn Estuary/Bristol Channel at the appropriately named "Avonmouth".

As the River Avon passes through Bristol it becomes a tidal river.  This means that at low tide the Avon is a smallish river, surrounded by mud flats.  At high tide it is filled to capacity as the incoming tide enters the Avon

Oh that incoming tide!  It arrives from the Severn Estuary/Bristol Channel,  which has the second or third highest difference  between low and high tides in the world,  (The highest is in the Bay of Fundy).

Like the Bay of Fundy the Severn Estuary has what are known as "Bores" in the spring and in the autumn,


As the bore races up the Bristol Channel it enters the Bristol Avon and fills the river up to and over its banks,

This is the Bristol Avon at its best,

Bristol photographer Ben Errington captured the beauty of Bristol at this years' Spring High Tide,

His marvelous photo' (as published in the "Bristol Post" ) is below  -  showing Hotwells, Clifton, and the wonderful Clifton Suspension Bridge (designed by the notable Isambard Kingdom Brunel).

As a proud Bristolian I want you to enjoy the beauty of my home City, especially as seen at the Spring High Tide,

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