Beauty and the beach (1)

The beach at Thorpeness, Suffolk, comprises an extensive expanse of shingle stretching from Dunwich in the north to Aldeburgh (the birthplace of the composer, Benjamin Britten) in the south.  The shingle shelves quite steeply in places.  A narrow band of sand emerges at the water’s edge at low tide.


Known as vegetated shingle, this is a rare and fragile habitat.  Plants that grow on the shingle have adapted to windy, salty conditions and very little water.  They grow mostly in small, isolated mounds scattered around the high water line.

Plants commonly found at Thorpeness include the yellow horn poppy, sea spurge, sea pea, sea kale, sea holly, sea campion and the rugosa rose.  Numerous other varieties that have escaped from nearby gardens have also acclimatized themselves to the conditions  Collectively they contribute interest, colour and beauty to what might otherwise be an uninspiring landscape

Below are a few examples of plants photographed on a recent visit.  More will inclded in the next post.





Filed under Colour, landscape, Nature, photography, Shore, Uncategorized

7 responses to “Beauty and the beach (1)

  1. Hello.

    Very beautiful photos. I loved especially Your flower photos. They are as beautiful as those which we have in Helsinki. Example:

    Unknown Helsinki 3

    Happy weekend!

  2. Pingback: Beauty and the beach (2) | Louis' Page

  3. And here’s the answer to my question – that’s what I get for going backwards. 😉 This is very interesting. I don’t know if we have anything quite like this in North America. I’d love to see it. The photos are great – oh, that blue! Gorgeous flowers, and the rocks look pretty, too.

  4. Pingback: More flora from Thorpeness Beach | Louis' Page

  5. Very beautiful. I always enjoy seeing garden escapees.

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