Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (1) - Seafoam on the beach at Rhossil, Gower, South Wales, 14.11.2009.

Not someone standing in the snowy wastes of the Arctic. Just someone awestruck by the wild waves and sea spume on the beach. Gale force winds swept the Gower Peninsula last weekend. The sea at Rhossili Bay was churned up and frenzied. Nothing but white surf and sea-foam. The foam formed a thick blanket over the sand as the storm skimmed the waves and deposited it on the beach. The foam  rippled into knee-deep masses. Gusts split off bubble-light lumps and clumps into the air where they sped along the shore and inland over the marram-covered dunes at over 80 miles an hour. In places the scene looked like a snowy spot at the North Pole. It was an exhilarating place to be. Wow!

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (2) - Piles of sea foam on the sand at Rhossili bay, Gower, South Wales, 14th November 2009, with Worms Head in the background.

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (3) - Patterns of seafoam, wind-whipped into ripples and peaks like the sugar frosting on an iced cake, at Rhossili beach, Gower, South Wales, 14th November 2009.

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (4) - Blobs of seafoam scudding across the beach, picked up by the wind from the piles of sea foam accumulating on the beach, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 14th November 2009.

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (4) - More blobs of seafoam scudding across the beach, picked up by the wind from the piles of sea foam accumulating on the beach, Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 14th November 2009.

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (6) - The storm-tossed sea and white seafoam on the beach at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, looking towards Worms Head.

Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili (7) - The stormy sea, surf, and seafoam at Rhossili, Gower, south wales, 14th November 2009, looking towards Burry Holms from the relative shelter of the sand dunes.

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4 Replies to “Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili”

  1. Wow indeed! I noticed a great deal more sea foam this week in the marsh and wondered if it had to do with faulty septic fields near the area. I never thought it might be indicative of increased wave activity.

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  2. Sometimes, foam in seas and rivers is the direct result of pollutants like detergents/surfactants. Frequently, however, nature is capable of whipping up some harmless foam of its own.

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