I wasn’t planning another iPhone photography post so hot on the heels of the autumn one, but the waves of rainstorms sweeping in this morning meant that carrying my “proper” camera out on the beach would have been a bit risky, so I made do with my phone. There were stunning skies out at Littlestone this morning, with heavy dark grey clouds punctuated by rays of sunshine which made the water shimmer. All of this looked pretty average on my phone though, so I looked at the flotsam and jetsam washed up by the tide instead.
A quick scan of the tide line on any beach on the south coast of England makes you realise what a careless species we humans are. This morning I saw hundreds of tiny bundles of plastic fishing netting, plastic-coated rope, aluminium cans, bits of clothing, a hypodermic syringe, a condom… it’s sad how little we care for the marine environment.
At the far end of our beach walk we came across a piece of artwork (or just tidying maybe) by a thoughtful person/people who had collected every rubber glove they found washed up on the beach and placed them on the top of fence poles. The result is a somewhat creepy row of disembodied hands, the picture below only shows a very short section, there must be 100-odd gloves in total.
Finally, it wasn’t all doom and gloom and human waste at the beach today. There were blue-purple mussel shells, rounded native oyster shells with their shiny interiors, Mermaid’s Purses (dogfish egg cases), round balls of whelk egg cases, clam shells, razor shells, Turnstones taking flight at the water’s edge and some lovely sea kale at the top of the shingle.