Photographer's Note

Last wednesday was the end of the short haaf netting season on the Solway Firth. This is one of a number of photos that I took this year and have collected together in my theme Solway Fishing .Here you see two haaf net fishermen standing and watching intently as the tide comes in. They are looking out for a movement that signals there is a salmon swimming in this (for the time being) shallow water.I think they stand in a manner similar to herons; not with one leg out of the water but the legs of the beam that holds the net held above the water.This is in readyness to make a quick run towards a swimming salmon with the hope of scooping it in the net. Usually though, the fishermen hold the beam and net in the water, hoping for the sigh to obligingly swim into it and then they scoop the net up and over the beam before knocking the salmon on the head with a stick they call a priest (or is that preist?). This is the Scottish side of the Solway but in the distance you can see the English shore and beyond the mountain that is Skiddaw in the Lake District National Park.The foreshortening effect of the zoom makes England appear much closer than it really is.

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