The East Sussex coastline is divided by the estuary of the river Rother, on which stands the town of Rye. To the east, stretches the sandy expanse of Camber. To the west, the beaches comprise shingle, punctuated by weathered and disintegrating groynes. At low tide, areas of sand and mud flats are exposed beyond the shingle. Winchelsea beach is a particularly attractive example.
This is 1066 country. It was at Bulverhithe, just twenty or so miles further along the coast, that William the Conqueror landed on 29th September, 1066.
My fascination with the dunes caused me to return on numerous occasions. I became absorbed with the character of the landscape and decided to be a little more adventurous in my interpretations of the scene.
I also created a black and white image from the third of the group above.
This is the final selection of pebble images – at least, for the time being!
The long sandy beach of Camber Sands is bordered on the landward side by picturesque sand dunes. The dunes are covered with marram grass that has a deep root system to hold the grass in place. Traditional chestnut fences help sand build up and check coastal erosion.
This is the second group of three:
Camber Sands are a stretch of coastline in East Sussex between Rye and the Dungeness headland. The Sands comprise a flat, golden beach about 5 miles long and provide a favourite venue for kite surfers. They have been, and are, used frequently for film and TV scenes requiring a desert location.
Although in peak holiday season the beach becomes extremely popular, much of the year, because of its vast expanse, there is ample space to be ‘alone’. The beach shelves very gently and at low tide it can require a long walk to reach a swimmable depth of sea.
The western end of Camber Sands
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The tranquility of the location evoked a natural, tender response from these two young lovers.
Over the next week or so I intend to post probably three collections of pebble patterns. All of the images were taken as I walked along a beach in East Sussex. When I spotted a pebble that interested me I simply stood over it, pointed my camera down and clicked. The pictures were obviously cropped later. Nothing has been added or removed from the actual image. I am constantly amazed by the beauty of the abstract patterns in natural objects that can so easily pass unnoticed.