Peering into Pools on the Causeway

Common colourful British seaweeds in a rock pool on the Worms Head Causeway

Peering into the rock pools on the Worms Head Causeway in Gower reveals colourful kaleidoscopic patterns of common British seaweeds beneath the rippled clear water.

Rock pool on the Worms Head Causeway in Gower, South Wales

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

Common British seaweeds in a rock pool

The Seasearch Guide to Seaweeds of Britain and Ireland produced by Francis StP. D. Bunker, Christine A. Maggs, Juliet A. Bridie, and Anne R. Bunker, published by the Marine Conservation Society in 2010, ISBN 978-0-948150-51-7, is a really good book jam-packed with wonderful photographs and clear descriptions of seaweeds to aid identifications.

Shy Shell Dweller

By the River Bank 1

Plants reflected in the rippling water of a small river

Ripples and reflections of bankside vegetation along the Cerne River in Dorset.

Plants reflected in the rippling water of a small river

Plants reflected in the rippling water of a small river

Plants on the bank of a small chalk river

On Charlton Down in March

A Dorset landscape in March

I walk in all weathers and always carry a camera. I like to record what I see and the changes I notice even if the conditions are not always favorable, as on this occasion. This March day on Charlton Down was marked by hazy sun, cold wind, and the merest hint of spring. Ploughed fields were white with chalk and flint nodules. Short shoots sprouted from the furrows. Sugar beet greened some fields. Trees bare but for lichen cast weak shadows on the turned soil, while neat laid hedges divided the vista. Farms and barns topped the horizons. Rusting agricultural equipment stood isolated along the pathways. A rolling misty landscape of intersecting curves surrounded my hill-top village.

A view fro the top of Charlton Down in Dorset.

Old rusting iron water tank

Agricultural countryside around Charlton Down in Dorset, England.

View of ploughed chalk field on the hill at Charlton Down

View from the top of Charlton Down across farming countryside

Country view on Charlton Down in March

Mist-shrouded fields on Charlton Down in March.

Rusting agricultural machinery on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Green shoots sprouting among flint filled fields on Charlton Down

Hedgerow trees casting weak shadows on the pale turned soil of the intersecting slopes around Charlton Down

Rock Strata from Kimmeridge Cliffs – Part 2

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

The second selection of photographs showing details of the rocks in the Upper Kimmeridgian Clay cliff mudstone and shale strata with iron staining on the east side cliffs of Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, England on the World Heritage Jurassic Coast.

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Rock Strata from Kimmeridge Cliffs – Part 1

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

The first selection of photographs taken at Kimmeridge Bay in Dorset, England, yesterday (27 March 2015) showing details of the natural patterns, textures, and colours of the rocks. The rocks are described as rhythmically inter-bedded blocky, organic-poor mudstone and fissile, organic rich shale.

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

Detail of cliff strata from Kimmeridge Bay

For information about the geology of this location look at:

John C. W. Cope Geology of the Dorset Coast, Geologists’ Association Guide No. 22, Geologists’ Association, 2012, pp 159-167, ISBN978 0900717 61 1.

M. A Woods (compiler) Geology of south Dorset and south-east Devon and its World Heritage Coast, British Geology Survey, NERC, 2011, pp 61 – 67, ISBN 978 085272654 9.

Patterns in Rhossili Sand, March 2015 (3)

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

One rainy morning I walked the coastal path along the terrace at the foot of Rhossili Down in Gower. Clouds shrouded the slopes of the Down above me. Ahead of me, Burry Holms and Llangennith Burrows were part concealed by mist. Below me, the tide was going out – far out. The sand on the beach was still wet from the waves and the rain. Slowly the cloud cover thinned and allowed a filtered light to penetrate. The pale light was reflected by the shore, high-lighting the sea-sculpted rows of ridges and ripples in gentle gleaming silver. A stream cascading from the height of the Down worked its way down to the beach, where it spread out in a fan of interweaving channels that cut across the parallel ridges on its way to the water’s edge. Coloured sediments carried by the stream tinted the silvery patterns and made them seem opalescent.

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay

Silvery sand patterns at Rhossili Bay