Winter beach walking in Norfolk

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Brancaster beach in winter
This is a long overdue catch up of photographs from our Brancaster beach walk back in late December. I adore the beach in winter, especially on the quieter days, the times when you can walk until the whole beach is your own. 
Thousands of empty shells banking up in a crisp wall which silently beckoned us closer and closer until we crept up as close as we could before tentatively stepping toes on such a fragile surface. Each careful footstep smashing through layers of perfectly formed crustaceans. Who knows how long they had been there? How dare we spoil their sweet fragile perfection.

Brancaster beach in winter

Brancaster beach in winter

Brancaster beach in winter
I'm not sure I've ever taken a close enough look to spot such a fascinating shell. C advises me it's most likely from a sea urchin and that's not something I'm fully sure I'm familiar with (although it immediately makes me think of the scene in Johnny English at the sushi bar). It reminds me of a helter-skelter or the 'head' of a jellyfish which lights up with crazy flashing lights.
Picking up a shell to find it partially co-ordinates with your glove. A purple striped shell, how amazing.

Brancaster beach in winter

Brancaster beach in winter
Blue skies above. Such big skies above Norfolk, we are so lucky.

Brancaster beach in winter

Brancaster beach in winter
Take a walk. Tell me about it some day x
Sophie 

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6 comments

  1. I think that's an urchin of some kind myself...razor shells on the high tide line, a sight you find all along the east coast.

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  2. Definitely an urchin! I used to have one of those!!!x

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  3. Those are some big shells too and what a lot!x

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  4. The way you write is beautiful Sophie - it's so calming and poetic to read. That shot of the urchin's shell is stunning too - what a find! - Tasha

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  5. These are such gorgeous pictures - I much prefer the beach in winter to the beacj in summer.

    Lizzie Dripping

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  6. Your pictures make me want to be there Sophie!

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