One of the most obvious characteristics of the UK (and Ireland) is that we’re an island nation, surrounded by the sea. I’ve always loved the coast, the transition between land and sea. The waves lapping up the beach, the salty smell of the air. The sound of seagulls…as long as they’re no where near your food. The mandatory purchase of seaside rock to prove that you had been to a seaside town. The waves act as a natural metronome, if you’re ever feeling anxious. Building sandcastles, and getting sand stuck in between your toes, or trying to get anywhere on shingle beaches.
But there’s also the darker side to being bounded by the sea – coastal erosion. The waves are continuously re-shaping the coastline, affecting settlements, tourism and ecosystems. And man is always trying to get the upper hand and mange it as much as it can.
All photos taken along the Norfolk (Eastern England) coastline: Mundesley, Sea Palling, Happisburgh, Cromer, Sheringham, Holme-Next-The-Sea.
In response to the weekly photo challenge: “Boundaries.”