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Coastal erosion

By Nettles  
Hunmanby sands is a little known beach in North Yorkshire.
We went there at the weekend to find that there was precious little sand, just a clay bed for the beach. Apparently at the full moon all of the sand is washed out to sea and a few days later it is washed back on again.
This shot shows how the coastal erosion is affecting the area, you can see what little amount of cliff there is left. Great chunks of clay were lying on the beach that had just been washed from the cliff, soon there will be no cliff left.
Thanks for looking and for your comments on my foray into the arty world, all are much appreciated.

Tags: Cliffs General Sand Sea Seaside Coastal erosion Landscape and travel Wildlife and nature

Voters: John Giddings, firzhugh, mrswoolybill and 59 more

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firzhugh 16 13 New Zealand
3 Oct 2007 8:51AM
beautiful sky and low angle. very nice capture
helenlinda Plus
14 374 22 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 8:54AM
Very familiar with erosion on Yorkshire coast! Weve had our holidays there for 17 years now
This is a super shot showing the changes in the coastline
Lovely sense of distance and gorgeous sky
mrswoolybill Plus
14 3.0k 2462 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 8:55AM
This is a really strong, dramatic composition - plus a story. Sand disappearing at full moon? Get the garlic and crucifixes out!
ChristineL 16 39 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 9:01AM
a lovely composition Annette and a beautiful sky.
a super landscape shot,
GillyB 16 317 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 9:09AM
Excellent composition and narrative.

Phil_Warr 14 5 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 9:15AM
Superb shot Nettles
Phil Smile
Dotrob 15 Wales
3 Oct 2007 9:23AM
Great shot, super sky, sad to hear of the changing coastline.
3 Oct 2007 9:38AM
Absolutely stunning colour and detail.
3 Oct 2007 9:44AM
Excellent composition Annette, lovely sky,
woolybill1 Plus
15 38 78 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 9:44AM
A most interesting exposure and exposition. The sky alone makes this so much better than a "record" shot, and the overall composition makes it more special. I like the various pools and gullies of water before the actual sea begins, all adding charcter to the foreshore.
imander 14 388 7 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 9:50AM
wonderful composition, amazing coastline
derekv 14 3 England
3 Oct 2007 9:50AM
Totally agree with woolybill, love the detail, especially the sky.
Rogerex 15 32 12 Australia
3 Oct 2007 10:03AM
Good perspective. Glad to see the cliffs in the background appear to be surviving.
fentiger 20 920 24 England
3 Oct 2007 10:10AM
Your Sigma lens give this plenty of impact. Good composition and presentation. Well done!

Mikelane 14 1 Wales
3 Oct 2007 10:21AM
Fabulous composition .Great colours .you can see them better in the large .Fabulous capture .Well done .
dianah 15 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 10:27AM
A very dramatic image Annette with fantastic clarity and light.
3 Oct 2007 11:29AM
Nice use of the siggie Annette, love the scene, looks a great place for pics as you've got shale and sand for textures, well captured, Adrian
glyndwr 14 103 10 Wales
3 Oct 2007 12:30PM
Good information and a cracking sjot Netty.
I like the perspective and sky detail.

nickyv32 14 135 England
3 Oct 2007 12:58PM
Great shot, certainly has taken a battering.
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
3 Oct 2007 1:03PM
Beautiful composition and great sky. Your description reminds me of the islands in the North of Holland that slowly migrate because the sea takes bits off one end and deposits them at the other end.
bayleaf 14 8 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 1:36PM
Wow. What a lovely composition. Crystal clear with both movement and stablility all in the same shot. Great composition. John.
brownsilent 14 7 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 1:45PM
Beautiful composition - the sea is something fantastic, and to live nearby must be very exciting.
A very interesting info about the sand movement.
Great composition with the beach, the cliff and the wonderful sky. JNC
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
3 Oct 2007 2:48PM
great use of the lens + angle - looks really great
Maiwand 14 3 73 England
3 Oct 2007 3:20PM
Lovely low angled shot really highlights the FG Annette.
mikbee 14 3 8 Scotland
3 Oct 2007 3:40PM
Good comp here.The forces of nature do destroy the coast.But imagine our photographs if everthing was ''pristine''
graceland 16 2.5k 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 4:57PM
A very good Pic Well done
X5DJM 16 26 England
3 Oct 2007 5:20PM
Like the position you're chosen, good colour and feature on right.
Nice one..
LesF 15 182 9
3 Oct 2007 6:18PM
Super image

Les F
cheesey 15 2 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 6:32PM
Great composition Annette. Good sky and plenty of detail in the foreground. Regards Cheesey.
JouŠo 17 56 Finland
3 Oct 2007 6:54PM
happy to make it 40, Annette.......

Great composition!

JudeC 14 6 3 England
3 Oct 2007 7:05PM
Gosh - is that the cliff? I thought it was a sand dune - great shot - JudeC
AngelaR 16 155 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 7:21PM
Good work Annette - interesting how nature takes its course.
rmr 14 1 Wales
3 Oct 2007 7:27PM
cracking shot annette
Classic shot, dream shot, nice work
KKmoments 15 12 1 United Kingdom
3 Oct 2007 7:46PM
This is lovely.... nice composition, lovely textures in the f/g and superb blue sky, love the reflections in those little pools... Karen
proz 17 205 United States
3 Oct 2007 8:34PM
beautiful sky, wonderful comp
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
3 Oct 2007 8:43PM
Excellent composition and a very interesting story about the sand. Nice one Annette.
Pegon 16 78 1 England
3 Oct 2007 10:10PM
Good composition and a great sky, lovely shot.
csr 14 3 England
3 Oct 2007 11:10PM
Great comp and sky all spot on
newy17 15 273 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2007 5:44AM
fantastic composition and the people giving it scense of scale and great sky well captured annette.
piccy 15 8 Wales
4 Oct 2007 8:34AM
Dramatic changes here then - lovely shot.
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
4 Oct 2007 8:59AM
clever and effective comp, and such a good sky, very eyecatching image
Portknockie 17 48 Scotland
6 Oct 2007 1:44PM
Looks a great place to walk the dogs Annette...superb view..


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