Pebbles at Rhossili Bay: Rain-spotted multi-coloured pebbles at Rhossili, Gower, West Glamorgan, South Wales, UK (1)

The pebbles that lie at the base of Rhossili Down in Gower, and extend along Rhossili beach at the foot of the sand dunes known as Llangennith Burrows, are amongst the most colourful and varied that I have ever encountered.

They are mainly quite large but not exactly cobble sized. They range in colour from reds and pinks, orange and yellows, to buffs and greys – many blue-greys. The rocks from which they are composed include limestones, sandstones, grits, and conglomerates. Some come from local strata of the Carboniferous and Devonian periods.  Others could possibly originate much further afield and have arrived embedded in massive sheets of ice that once covered most of the Gower Peninsula.

The pebbles range from the smooth and glossy to fine and coarse grained. Occasionally you find ones made up of many smaller chunks and pieces of all types, textures, and hues. The shapes vary from the very irregular to approximately geometric shapes such as circular, spherical, discoid, rectangular, square, and cuboid. Patterns in and on the stones can include stripes, layers, lines, and abstract designs. The pebbles are endlessly interesting and beautiful. These photographs are part of a series showing their immense variability.

The weather was unsettled when I took these pictures; the raindrops of the first shower account for the speckled egg-like appearance of the shots at the top and bottom of the post. After that, the rain came down more steadily and worked in some ways to my advantage by intensifying the colours and imparting a gloss to the surface of the stones.

Red and yellow pebble: A smooth, red and yellow coloured pebble on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, UK (2)

Sandstone pebble: A rounded grainy textured pebble with regular fine brown stripes at Rhossili, Gower, West Glamorgan, South Wales, UK (3)

Patterned pebble: A rounded buff-coloured sandstone pebble with an irregular pattern of rusty rings and patches from Rhossili, Gower, West Glamorgan, South Wales, UK (4)

Pebble with red and yellow yin-yang design: A smooth rounded sandstone pebble, with a red and yellow design looking like the yin-yang symbol, from Rhossili, West Glamorgan, South Wales, UK (5)

A conglomerate pebble with circular outline and incorporating small red, pink, and white chunks of various rocks, at Rhossili, Gower, West Glamorgan, UK (6)

Gower beach pebble: A sandstone pebble with a pattern of concentric lines in shades of pink and orange at Rhossili, West Glamorgan, UK (7)

rain-speckled beach pebbles: A general view of the pebble bank at Rhossili, Gower, West Glamorgan, South Wales, UK showing the multi-coloured stones speckled by rain-drops. (8) 

Revision of a post first published 22 February 2010


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5 Replies to “Pebbles at Rhossili Part 2”

  1. I have a sudden craving for mini eggs!
    You manage to strike a marvellous balance with both fascinating images and interesting informative descriptions. I especially like the speckled pebbles in the rain, a good illustration of how the landscape is continually transformed by the elements.


  2. I know just what you mean about the mini eggs. I have been trying to resist the candy-coated Easter chocolate variety ever since they appeared in the shops at Christmas.
    It is fascinating to be out on the beach in all weathers to see how the day-to-day conditions (as well as the long term ones) change the appearance of everything.


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