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  • Writer's pictureGethin Thomas

The Power of the Sea

Originally published on Photoblog by Gethin Thomas MARCH. 22, 2021

I have decided to abandon my 365 project. I will still post on Photoblog but what I initially found inspiring and motivating had gradually turned into a chore so that increasingly I felt the need to just find something to post so I didn't fail the challenge. It is when you come to the realisation that the challenge has taken on it's own life that you realise it's time to pull the plug.

I enjoyed it while it lasted and it fulfilled it's aim but you need to be controlling it, and not it controlling you. So I symbolically did not post a 365 yesterday just to draw a line under it.

Today I am posting these photos from my phone because I deliberately did not take my camera with me. However I spotted this section of road on the beach which was at least a mile from the nearest spot where it could have originated. The yellow road markings are still clear and uneroded.

In the lower photo is the area where in the last twenty years sections of the road were washed away and sections of the central car park. I suspect this is part of the car park.

This piece is about 70 cm long and about 30 cm thick and was so heavy I could not pick it up. If nothing else it indicates the direction of the Longshore Drift here.

Longshore Drift- the movement of material along a coast by waves which approach at an angle to the shore but recede directly away from it.

This fits with what I would expect from this bay where the normal wind direction is Westerly. At the very far end of the bay is Hallsands the disappeared village which again makes sense when you see the direction of travel of beach material away from that end and towards this end.

It's worth having a look at my post on Hallsands as you can see in detail how the beach has disappeared.

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