Wednesday, 3 April 2013

The tide has turned

You have to hurry or the tide will turn and cover up the wonderful world of shapes and patterns and small creatures down at your feet. The best time to come to Gruinard Bay is when the tide is  out and you can walk along the sand dipping in and out of puddles and peering into crevices and under rocks. The sand has a pinkish quality to it. Gruinard Bay is situated in a region of pinkish/purplish sandstone - Torridonian sandstone. The beach stretches for what seems like miles (only probably isn't!)
I'm sure I've said this before and I expect I'll say it again, but I'm always  staggered by the perfect patterns that nature provides in such a seemingly casual way. If you're passing, especially when the tide is out, you must stop your journey and come down onto the beach - you couldn't possibly be disappointed. 

8 comments:

S. Etole said...

Truly fascinating.

Linda said...

I thought it might be Gruinard Bay when I saw the sand ripples! I have similar photos from there. There must be interesting sea currents to create these ridges so consistently.

ADRIAN said...

wonderful textures and composition. It is a beautiful place.

Down by the sea said...

Your photos are amazing and show the beauty of the sea shore.Sarah x

frayedattheedge said...

What a delightful post ..... the scenery is stunning. I love all the patterns in the sand - I immediately started thinking of quilting designs!

Vagabonde said...

Your photos are so clear! I feel that I am walking on the beach and looking down. This reminded me of my summers in Normandie when growing up. My parents had a summer house at Mers-les-Bains which is close to Dieppe (France.) There were tall white cliffs there but great tides. It was fun to walk, a long way, when the sea was out.

Alison Sampson said...

Beautiful. I have just holidayed at Cowes (the Australian one) - it has a large intertidal zone and we spent hours slowly wandering along the shore unearthing little creatures and watching the patterns change as the waves slowly ebbed away. Happy memories.

christinelaennec said...

Your photos are so clear and beautiful that I began to smell the sea looking at them! Lovely, thank you.

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