Glistening Sand, Glittering Sea

_DS84073Another location on the south coast visited on a beautiful ‘Summer’ day. Dangerous to hint that this might be the first signs of summer because, knowing the vagaries of the British weather, we may plunge back into something much colder. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Today’s image was taken at Selsey Bill, a notable promontory at the southernmost tip of the Manhood Peninsula on the coast a few miles east of Chichester. The land around here is very flat and in the past, at flood tide, Selsey would be cut cut off from the mainland.

The tide was out on the day we visited exposing a gently shelving sandy beach that was almost deserted. In the past there was a large sand spit extending out into the sea but over time that has been eroded away. I was fortunate to find a small spit of sand that added interest to the image. The coast never stays the same for long: tides and storms continually re-distributing the assets.

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About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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12 Responses to Glistening Sand, Glittering Sea

  1. shoreacres says:

    It’s a beautiful image. The sand seems to be as liquid as the water: poured out and pooling like a spill of paint. I like the alliteration in your title, too. It connects the sea and sand in a different way.

    • LensScaper says:

      Glad to hear you like the wording – it’s always good to have some fun with wording! This is an image that has to be in colour: soft and subtle colours too. I tried a conversion to B&W but it does not work – the sand and the sea just end up as a mish-mash with no clear distinction and the whole point of the image – the relationship between the thin spit of sand and the enveloping sea – is lost.

  2. Lisa Gordon says:

    This is really beautiful.
    So wonderfully serene.

  3. Len says:

    I like he minimalist approach. I can hear the surf from here!

    • LensScaper says:

      I am really enjoying the minimalism so evident on the sea shore. We’ve had very few trips to the seaside in the last few years and I am really appreciating what I have missed all this time.

  4. Chillbrook says:

    Another beauty Andy!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. This has to be my favourite image of the sea so far. We arrived just at the right point in the tide cycle. And I’ve now got Tide tables on the iPhone to help plan future seaside visits. There will be quite a lot of coast walking once I’ve worked out the logistics of how to retrieve the car or use the bus services

  5. sixpixx says:

    Who can resist a photo of the beach. Love the sense of uncluttered space and beautiful hues.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Sixpixx. Our first time at Selsey Bill – didn’t quite know what to expect and was bowled over by the light on that day.

      • sixpixx says:

        The beach at low tide can be fantastic for playing with light. I spend hours trying to represent that… luminance for want of a better word. Will master it one day 🙂

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