At the beach

I really enjoy going to the beach. There is always so much to see and do.  From swimming or riding the waves to walking along the shore, exploring the rock pools or just sitting on the headland watching the world go by.

Early morning is so good. Sometimes you have the beach to yourself to watch the sunrise and take in the beauty of the morning

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If there are some good waves, there will always be someone carrying a board heading out to where the waves are best.

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At other times, you have to share the sand with someone else

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or there are crabs scuttling about

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making their own patterns on the sand with perfectly round sand balls

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I love the patterns that the water makes as the waves sweep up the beach and recede leaving tiny rivulets in the sand

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When my girls were small we always had to have a shell collection, making sure that every different shell was represented. I still walk along the beach but instead of picking them up to make an arrangement of some sort, I just grab a picture as the shape, forms and textures are so different from shell to shell. Here is a few of my favourites.

A deeply furrowed purple shell….almost like a claw.

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An almost black shell

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The ridges and valleys sweep forward

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The creams and reds caught my eye with this shell

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The darker bands running around makes this shell a distinctive

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This shell was like finding gold

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Concentric rings that have a wave and a deeper yellow section made this one stand out

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OK…it’s time to look out to sea again. Enough of looking at the sand and the wonders it holds.

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Storms at the beach are always spectacular

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The storm makes the sea surge and swell and crash upon the rocks…

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which washes up interesting bits of wood…..

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or other ocean-going craft…..

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It doesn’t take much to put the gulls and terns to flight

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When the wind blows, I like to get back up the beach and into the dunes to explore, discover and to have a bit of fun with my fabulous artist bestie……

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until it’s almost time to head off after an enjoyable day after watching the sunset

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How do you spend your day at the beach?

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