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Waves washing onto a seashore rock ledge, with dynamic patterns of reflected light each time the water retreats. 

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Waves breaking on the rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast

Waves breaking on the rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast where stone was quarried from the cliffs in times gone by and loaded onto boats.

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The waves breaking on the man-made rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast.

The waves breaking on the man-made rock ledge at Winspit, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast, where stone was quarried long ago and loaded straight onto boats.

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Chesil Beach waves on a calm day – video clip

 

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Chesil Beach on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast makes a magnificent sight with its huge bank of graded pebbles. However, the quality of the experience on a visit to Chesil Beach is auditory as well as visual.

Viewing this short movie clip with the sound switched off, the waves have a simple hypnotic, somewhat tantalising, effect as you wait for the appearance of each new embryonic wave crest to emerge and crash…….

…….but turn the volume full up on this video and you will get some idea of the noise generated, even on a calm day, by the sea on the pebble beach – the crash of the waves on the shore and the following  tremendous scraunching sound as the pebbles are dragged, rubbing and scraping against each other, back towards the sea by the receding waves. On rougher days, the noise can be totally overwhelming.

Chesil Beach Pebbles & Waves

View of Chesil Beach: View of the pebbles and sea on Chesil Beach from Quiddles Cafe on the promenade at Chesil Cove, Portland, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (1)

A walk on a fine sunny day along the Chesil Bank on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast is a wonderful, if tiring, experience even if you only travel a few of its 17 miles length.

All the senses are assailed.

Beautiful views, in strong reflecting light, of the pebble beach, the seafoam-flecked blue-green sea, and pale blue cloudless sky. The squint of sun on your face and in your eyes.

The feel of the slipping, sliding pebbles beneath your feet – the ache in your muscles after you have been walking for five hours on the shingle. The warmth of sun-baked smooth pebbles in your hand.

The all-encompassing roar as the sea crashes ashore, flinging yet more stones onto the terraced banks. The scream of thousands of pebbles as they are dragged back under water by the retreating waves. The gulls.

A walk in this fabulous place can bring rewards of spiritual as well as physical well-being.

Waves and pebbles on Chesil Beach: A wave just breaking onto the pebbles at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site (2)

Chesil beach pebbles and waves: A wave the moment before it breaks on the shore at Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (3)

Pebbles on the beach and seafoam on the waves: Pebbles and seafoam at Chesil beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (4)

Jurassic Coast pebbles: Wet pebbles at the water's edge on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK, on the Jurassic Coast (5)

Sea, surf and pebbles at Chesil beach: View of the water's edge with sea and pebbles on Chesil Beach, Dorset, UK on the Jurassic Coast (6)

P.S. Quiddles Cafe at the end of the promenade in Chesil Cove is a great place for a well-earned refreshment break at the end of the beach walk – or any other time!

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Pictures from Rhossili (1)

Rhossili Bay, view looking north from the cliff-top, Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (1) 

Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula, South Wales, UK,  is a beautiful place.

Seafoam making lace-like patterns on the waves as they break on the shore at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (2)

Romantic Rhossili: "I love you forever" - a young woman writing a love message in the sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, 18 March 2011 (3)

Sand patterns on the beach at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (4)

Seafoam-flecked waves, and wet ridged sand reflecting the blue sky, at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (5)

Mussel shell on the sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK, 18 March 2011 (6) 

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Sea-foam at Rhossili

Sea-foam picture close-up: Iridescent bubbles of sea-foam at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440223aBlog1)

When stormy seas and stronge surges are driven hard by forceful onshore winds, the surf is whipped into foam that flies from the wave crests; and waves crashing on the beach spread the foam onto the shore. The constant wind last October pushed a thin layer of white froth in ever-moving, ever-changing, transient scalloped patterns for hundreds of metres across the vast wet acres of Rhossil sand – until at last the iridescent bubbles of froth piled up in heaps on the higher parts of the seashore. At Spaniard Rocks there was dramatic textural contrast between the delicate and ephemeral sea foam and the hard smooth enduring limestone rocks which the foam decorated.

Seashore picture with seafoam: Sea-foam pushed by the wind up the sandy beach at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440242aBlog2)

Seashore seafoam picture: The vast reflecting expanse of low-tide seashore, with a thin film of surface water and seafoam pattern, at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440234aBlog3 )

Sea-foam natural pattern: Sea-foam pattern moving across the low-tide sand at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440233aBlog4)

Rocks with seafoam picture: Sea-foam on limestone at Spaniard Rocks at Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440074aBlog5)

Seafoam on rocks: contrasting textures: Iridescent bubbles of sea-foam on pink limestone at Spaniard Rocks, Rhossili Bay, Gower, South Wales, UK (P1440056aBlog6) 

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Lyme waves & seafoam

There is something very uplifting about the sun sparkling on the sea. To hear the waves breaking on the pebbles. To watch the brine being sucked back through the shingle as the wave retreats. To see flecks of white foam create lacey patterns on the surface of the water and the seashore. Each beach, tide, and season bring different rhythms, sounds, and designs.  Here are some images that try to capture that experience at Lyme Regis in Dorset one sunny spring day in April.


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Sand patterns at Rhossili April 2010 (2)

Every tide seems to leave a new range of sand ripple patterns on the beach at Rhossili, Gower. This is the second in a series of photographs of the sand designs recorded over four days in early April 2010.

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