Stripped shore & driftwood at Lyme Regis in February

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Rocky ledges at low tide

A Post from the Past [2009]

A very bleak, hazy and bare Monmouth Beach one cold February day. Stormy seas overnight had virtually scoured the beach. It looked as if it had been stripped bare. The shingle and large boulders had all been pushed high up the shore and mixed together with massive water-worn tree trunks. Flat, shallow steps of naked rock platform were exposed.

The driftwood was free of bark and waterlogged. The colour of the timber was intensified to deep orange by the wetness. The wood grain in places revealed patterns and swirls like the ridges of fingerprints. A fungus infection in the vegetable matrix gave complex semi-geometrical tracery of black lines called spalting. The patterns on the driftwood were amazing.

Patterns in driftwood caused by spalting

© Jessica Winder and Jessica’s Nature Blog, 2009


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