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!
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4 Replies to “Wet, wild & windy at Rhossili”
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.
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.
Thanks, Ian. It was such fun that day – a great playtime in the foam!