We are fortunate to live in a village with a coastline and with countryside in the remaining directions. Recently the weather and the loosened lockdown restrictions have allowed us to have a walk almost every day.
I have picked three photos from this week to share for Cee Neuner’s on the Hunt for Joy Challenge – Add an element of nature. Two are views of the valley looking in opposite directions on a hazy day. The third is a sea creature on the beach the following day.
The weather and the tide alter seaside views. These photos were all taken in May and June 2020, some on consecutive days. Early May was very dry and warmer than usual, but there was some very windy weather at the time these were taken. There has been cooler weather so far in June with a cold wind at times.
A very windy day
Changes to the local landscape may be sudden or take place slowly. Coastal erosion progresses (if that is the correct word) at different rates depending on the weather. Patterns emerge. Cliff edges with grass and other plants overhang the edge, before falling. Narrow flat-topped grassy areas become bare soil, being sharpened to a ridge. Sometimes a hole appears in the cliff. Then it becomes bigger, the part of the cliff above the hole collapses leaving a gap.
The photos show a small hole in a cliff, a place where a hole has become a dip, a part of the grassy top, which has collapsed a small distance and some buck’s horn plantain* on the edge.
*On a subsequent walk I realised that this is sea plantain.
A post from 2015 has photos of the same section of cliffs.