I often dream about paradise beaches with clear skies, soft sands and towering palm tress. The sun beating down on my face while I watch the native wildlife go about their day-to-day activities. The dazzling blue sea as calm as a millpond and its gentle waves ever so delicately breaching the shore line…
And then I snap back to reality, I’m in England, its Winter, I have work tomorrow and the only wildlife in sight is that pigeon down the road pecking away at cigarette butts.
So I guess I should just have a lazy day at home instead. Grab myself a nice cup of joe and binge watch Netflix…
…No thanks. I’m going to the beach.
And so my adventure commenced. I blitzed together a tasty smoothie and within 30 minutes I arrived at my destination:
St Audries Bay.
I used to come here as a kid and have faint memories of days spent exploring the cliff lined beach. I’m pleased to say that even though I was returning as an adult, this placed still amazed me. As I made my way down the sea worn steps I felt a sense of history. I saw old stone work and steel bars protruding from the sand and I couldn’t help but envisage what once was.
The towering cliff faces and wave cut platforms that make up the jurassic coastline expose layers upon layers of rock creating the most interesting geology in Somerset. Fossil hunting is very popular in this area however, I was just here to explore and to admire the natural beauty that has been formed over thousands of years. I highly recommend that you do to.
I now have one word for you:
Yep, St Audries Bay has a waterfall! It’s most definitely not the biggest or best waterfall that you’ve ever seen but its a real nice touch and creates the perfect atmosphere. You have the sound of the water cascading down and crashing on the rocks below, the light mist that averts from the main body of water, the fresh breeze that chills your cheeks and the repetitive crashing of the distant waves at low tide.
The great thing about returning to this beautiful place after so many years is that I really got to see how much taking a camera on days out exploring helps you to see and experience a lot more. It enables you to have a more in depth view on your surroundings when you’re getting up close and personal to nature trying to get the perfect shot.
I’m afraid that I’m going to have to contradict the title of this blog. It was cold, like really cold. Maybe its never too cold for a day on the beach but it was too cold to be taking pictures with no gloves. It wasn’t long until I couldn’t feel my fingers so I’m afraid I had to sacrifice photo taking time in order to save my hands. There are a few shots that I have in my head that I wish I took so I will definitely be returning soon to get them. Maybe ill invest in some gloves this time.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. It has been great exploring and discovering the natural beauty in my local area and sharing it with you guys. I cant wait to see how the rest of the world compares!
Now it’s time for you to get out there and explore it for yourself!