Friday, 19 September 2014

What to do at the beach

If you want to go to the beach, check the tide tables and weather before you go. It's so much better to be able to get out on the beach instead of just looking out at the sea from the promenade, and also knowing how long you've got before the tide turns.
When we got to Tynemouth Long Sands, a group of wind surfers were getting their boards ready. There was also a group of Nordic Walkers.
I used to enjoy beachcombing, for shells, stones and other interesting items brought in by the tide.
Nowadays I prefer to photograph such things and leave them in place where they belong.
When at the beach it is very therapeutic. The mind goes blank and a calm state descends, save for a benign interest in the surroundings.
It is true that a change of scene, getting out of the usual routine, is good for the mental state. Also, being out in the fresh air and walking.

Surfers getting ready to play on their boards.

Looking in rock pools, some little fishes and a small crab scuttling.

Seaweed and a bird's feather.

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