Saturday, July 29, 2006

Seaside Daze


My parents live adjacent to a lovely beach. It is one of those magical beaches that has everything and nothing!

No ice-cream salesmen, no burger bars, no activity centres, just a sweet local beach about half a mile in length. On high days and holidays it is spotted with sandcastles and little creations of fevered childish minds, but this day someone obviously wished for a mermaid.........

The sea around the villages is teeming with jellyfish. This one is not particularly poisonous (and the local children love throwing them at each other!)

This one is extremely poisonous and can grow to 6ft in diameter!! This particular 'late' jellyfish was about 18" across.


At low tide the beach is covered in sandworm excavations. If you look at this photo, you can see the hole about 6" away where the sand is sucked from, before being expelled into the whirls of the hill. Every hill had a corresponding hole!


And, of course, every beach should have rockpools. The seaboard beach has rockpools at each end. I was having a Carmi moment when I took this photo - he inspires SO many bloggers! I love the cloud trapped in the pool........

And where there are rockpools and sea, there are usually some of these. They are often dead, but this little fella was alive and waving...

Whenever I go to a beach I bring a stone or shell home. One that has caught my eye. It dates back to an old tradition that taking a shell or pebble from the beach will ensure I will return. During another Carmi moment, I noticed my intended pebble - do you see it?

No? You don't see it? [grin] It's this one, marked with an arrow....

I loved it. It was pefectly oval and smooth - and was pink with black flecks. Usually I ask my geologist dad about the stones I find, but this one was so pretty it needed no geologic definition.

One more post on my Scottish trip then it's Business as Usual at the Palace.

cq

8 comments:

Fizzy said...

Good Morning
I love your photos hopefully next week I will be experiencing my own special beach place too.

You do not need ice cream sellers, attractions etc when you are surrounded by so much natural beauty

FRIDAY'S CHILD said...

Your photos are beautiful. Maybe someday someone would think of putting up a business on that wonderful beach with nothing.
Thanks for dropping by.

Viamarie said...

Excellent photos. I love the one with the rockpools.

Happy weekend!

Lazy Daisy said...

Love your pictures. I'm a bad friend too...busy time of the year though!

WendyWings said...

Beaches without all the hoohah of ice cream vendors etc are the BEST kind. Love the pebbles , my mother used to have a pebble garden your picture reminded me of that.
Happy weekend !!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Love the beach and the sea, too. This one is particularly beautiful. I have never seen a live star fish--(That is a star fish, isn't it?) Love all these pictures CQ...and that stone/rock is very beautiful. Would love to see a close-up of that one!

YellowRose said...

Catching up....Love these beautiful pictures of the beach!! I so want to visit there!! Except I'll pass on the jellyfish, thank you!

Mrs Lifecruiser said...

WHY did you have to do that? (*lol*)

Remind me of our 2 trips to Scotland - one of our absolutely favorite places we've been. We just love, no ADORE, Scotland.

We were on a beach similar to that one, on the east coast. Absolutely fab. Stayed at a B&B situated at a very beutiful high spot over the beach.

*dreaming*