Why is the seashore such a rewarding place for photography and study?
- Each beach is different
- Every shore continually changes and evolves
- Coasts are never boring
- The shore is a store of natural treasures – zoological, botanical, and geological
- The seashore is affected by time, tides, weather, currents, seasons, and people.
- Creatures of all sorts appear, disappear, breed, eat and get eaten, die, and leave their shells and bones behind.
- Seaweed grows, reproduces, declines, dies and gets washed up.
- Sediments shift and get shifted.
- Sand, gravel, shingle, pebbles, rocks and boulders are moved by tides, gravity and man: making different patterns and textures; burying one moment and revealing the next.
- Even the more solid rock – like the limestone, sandstone, clay and mud of cliffs and beach platforms are subject to long- and short-term, natural and man-made erosion – with rock-falls, mud slides, land-slips, and vandalism.
- People play on beaches, use and exploit them, damage them, and study them.
- All these elements interplay to provide an ever-changing and fascinating seashore kaleidoscope that is a source of delight to the observer.
- Simultaneously, they provide a challenge to understand the structures and processes of everything animal, vegetable, mineral and all sorts of other things that constitute the seashore.
- Seashores provide a valuable opportunity for learning as well as enjoyment.
- These experiences can be shared with others through photography.
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