About winderjssc

Jessica Winder has a background in ecological studies in both the museum and the research laboratory. She is passionate about the natural world right on our doorsteps. She is enthusiastic about capturing what she sees through photography and wants to open the eyes of everyone to the beauty and fascination of nature. She is author of 'Jessica's Nature Blog' at https://natureinfocus.wordpress.com. Jessica has also extensively researched macroscopic variations in oyster and other edible marine mollusc shells from archaeological excavations as a means of understanding past exploitation of marine shellfish resources. She is an archaeo-malacological consultant through Oysters etc. and is publishing summaries of her shell research work on the WordPress Blog called 'Oysters etc.' at http://oystersetcetera.wordpress.com 'Photographic Salmagundi' at http://photosalmagundi.wordpress.com is a showcase of photographs and digital art on all sorts of subjects - not just natural history.

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

Patterns in Rhossili Sand, March 2015 (2)

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beachDark streaks drawn into abstract designs by the swash and back-swash of waves sometimes decorate the succession of driftlines on the sandy beach at Rhossili Bay as the sea recedes. The blue tinge of the darker areas makes me wonder whether they are composed of comminuted fragments of blue-black mussel shells.

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach

Natural patterns of dark streaks along the driftlines of a sandy beach