For the second Saturday in a row I have taken a lazy approach to work and gone out exploring on the Marsh. Today I wandered along the paths of the Military Canal at Winchelsea. It's not as wide and deep here and wouldn't represent too much of a challenge to cross had Napoleon crossed here to invade us. I guess of course in his day the canal here could have been bigger and wider. Following the path here, which eventually leads to Pett Level, it was surprisingly lacking in terms of view. The path was tree and bush lined on one side and had taller ground full of trees on the other. It is the first time that I noticed the lack of scenery anywhere on the marsh although it has to be said that I only covered a two mile stretch of path. For once then it was about looking closer at the things that were around the immediate area I was walking in and it wasn't long before my eyes tuned in to what was nearer.
It wasn't long before the heat of the day beating down on me made me change my mind about walking for too long here. It was intense and there was no shade at all in the middle of the day. I found my attention drawn towards the insects that buzzed around constantly and in particular the damsel and dragon fly that were present in huge numbers. The vibrant blues of the damsels were particularly striking but there were other coloured varieties too that could easily be missed if you didn't look hard. Flowers on the lily pads were in their infancy but delicate pinks contrasted the green of the pads and the murky shades of the water. Buzzards were flying overhead again, soaring effortlessly on the thermals of warm air.
Even though the heat shortened my walk there was plenty to see as always on the marsh but it constantly reminds me of the delicate balance everything is held in and the fact that man can be overzealous in his rush to build and expand places close to home. This beautiful fifth continent, as it is sometimes affectionately known as, is wild, beautiful, and untamed and I for one would like to see it remain like that for future generations.