Friday January 3 2014 was a seriously stormy day and a high Spring tide coincided with an Atlantic storm system that left many parts of the UK coastline inundated. Here the town of Kirkcudbright further up the estuary of the river Dee suffered flooding to the harbour area and in fact I should have been helping out at the Left Bank Gallery in the Harbour Square but with water lapping at the top step, it was decided to close and to pile up the sandbags.
This view was taken as I retreated quickly away from the incoming wave in order to avoid getting my shoes filled with water for the second time that day. It shows the coast road under water. The first time I have seen this happen. Locals tell me that this was the highest the sea has been since 1947.