The sandy beach at Studland was decorated with piles of brightly coloured seaweed when I visited last week. It started out as a more or less continuous green bank near the access point by the National trust shop and cafe; then re-arranged itself into a series of connected ridges projecting seawards; then became more dispersed into individual clumps before disappearing from the strandline altogether. Looking down towards the sea from the dunes, the seaweed could be seen arrayed in an unusual crenellated pattern along the water’s edge.
The sky seems to be as interesting a feature of Studland as the sea, sand and strandline. The constantly varying cloud formations and the changing quality of the light are phenomenal and never fail to amaze me.
Revision of a post first published 11 September 2009
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