On the outward leg of my circular beach walk at the north end of Rhossili, I had followed the strandline and lower shore. Returning southwards I dawdled along the upper shore where terrestrial plants were colonising the dry sand of the shore and dunes. Seashore-loving plants such as Sea Holly were common along with Sea Rocket and Rock Samphire; and on the dunes Marram Grass proliferated and an individual Sea Stock cropped out where the sand had been sculpted by the wind. One of my seashore plant guide books (The first nature guide to wonderful wildflowers of Wales Volume 2 Seashores and coastal cliffs by Pat O’Reilly and Sue Parker) says that Sea Stock (Matthiola sinuata) is one of Britain’s rarest coastal wildflowers. A bank of pebbles lined up against the foot of the dunes, and it was interesting to note how they and the dry sand were aligned with the direction of the wind where it has been scouring its way through the dunes. Odd items of flotsam like a deck broom and toy cricket bat ended up on the pebbles from the last high tide.

5 Replies to “Beach Finds at Rhossili Bay 3”

  1. As you know I’m an admirer of your work, especially the water reflections and abstract patterns. I also like the found objects, but, dare I say it, some of them look ‘posed’ and for me that takes away from their appeal. I hope you won’t mind me saying this as so many of your photos are lovely.

  2. Thank you for your comments, Hamish. As it happens, all the items photographed in this series were taken exactly as the objects were found on the beach. I did not move or touch them at all. That’s part of the fun because so many things have naturally come to lie in maybe an artistic way. They were not in any way positioned for the pictures. What I have done is framed the shots from such a perspective that they may be thought of as still life subjects.

  3. Hi, Emma. Yes the tide is an influence but also beach cleaning activities. Not only do many beaches like Rhossili have organised (by National trust) Beach Clean Days when people congregate to clear up the rubbish but individuals also take bags along the strandline to pick up plastic and other flotsam. There was a couple doing that when I visited last week.

  4. Good for them! It’s a good idea to do that. I have picked up coke cans from the side of Three Cliffs Tor. That wasn’t washed in by the tide but dropped by a lazy visitor.

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