For each of the scenarios below, imagine you are standing, barefooted, at the water’s edge. See the wave breaking, hear the sound. feel the movement of the water against your feet. Relax!
The breaking waves and the returning waves collide.
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See also High tide at Dawlish
Recently I wrote how relaxing and therapeutic the rhythm of the sea could be (Sea watching). High tide at Dawlish provided a sharp reminder of the extreme opposite – the sea’s relentless energy, mighty power and irresistible force.
In the series of wave studies that follow over the next few days I would like you to imagine that you are standing with me on the path topping the sea wall. Hear the boom of the wave crashing against the wall, feel the spray carried on the wind, smell the sea, watch the explosive collision of waves moving in opposite directions. Don’t just view the pictures – enter the experience of being there!
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See also Breaking Wave
It is a constant source of amazement that the ebbing sea can leave behind such intricate patterns in the sand.
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One of the joys of a pebble beach is the sound of the shingle rushing back into the sea as each wave recedes. The effect is strangely both powerful and soothing – almost hypnotic.