Ignoring all the jobs at home clamouring for attention, Fred and I took a walk along the coast at Nora Creina to honour the winter solstice. It had been a while since we’d been there, and it was great to be back walking along the beach and the weather was perfect!
The nights have been very chilly lately, close to frost here and definitely frosty inland, but at least that usually means clear blue skies during the day.
I was thrilled to see a pelican basking in the morning sun! Such wonderful birds I think 🙂
This particular spot on the beach is favoured by the gulls, and I could have watched them for a long time, as they ‘jumped’ each wave as it came in….. but Fred was waiting to explore further down the beach so off we went.
As per usual, there was the debris washed ashore…. I take a bag with me on my beach walks, to collect the various bits of plastic in particular that I find there. Plastic does great harm to the sea birds
This was an empty coffee container…. Nescafe…..
Water bottles too of course…. I’ve kept all the debris I’ve removed from my beach walks, and one day plan to make something from it, to highlight people’s thoughtless behaviour.
Of course, there’s the sand. I like to do little detours into the sand hills at times, and there’s always little gems to be found.
Gems like this little plant growing in pure sand – how’s that for determination!
This pair of birds ran up and down along the wave line, doing their hunting for sea treasures.
At first they kept their distance, but slowly became used to me, and allowed me in a little closer.
The water looks inviting – it’s actually freezing cold! Comes up from the Antarctic waters by the feel of it – even in summer I think it’s too cold! Wet suits are in order down here.
Fred agrees, too cold for more than a little paddle in the shallows. He loved the beach trip – even if it did result in a bath once we got home, thanks to the something stinky he found to roll in……the car windows stayed open all the way home!
More seagulls and weed. There was a king tide predicted but I didn’t catch it.
These grasses are essential in stabilising the sand dunes. Once upon a time they were disregarded and dunes became quite at risk. Now fortunately, there’s even replanting programs along at risk sections of the coastline.
This couple were the only people I saw the whole time I was down the beach 🙂
Makes you wonder why there’s not more visitors doesn’t it, when it looks this great.
The wonderful rocky coast…. the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Keep it in mind for your next holiday destination!