Photo of Bluebell Woods in Sussex Photo of Bluebell Woods in Sussex

Beach Cusps, Rips and Light

My thanks to Helen Sargent for sending in the following fabulous photo of beach cusps at the cove neighbouring Durdle Door in Dorset.

Helen also sent the following photos and observations.

Ps I cant resist sending these two too – the curvy cove was where Lynne [Roper] was explaining to me about rips and she/we ascertained the water was funnelling out to the right hand side so we watched, and waited,and learnt. The other one was just the fierce light thereā€¦and a few little cusps on the side too!”

Fantastic diffraction patterns in the picture above too, including the little-known one in the diagram on p.180 of How to Read Water – see if you can spot it, near the right of the picture.

I wrote about the cause of this ‘fierce’ light on p.12 of The Walker’s Guide to Outdoor Clues and Signs – when there is a break in the clouds at the start or end of a day of otherwise dark grey skies, then put the sun on your back and you will see amazing colours and landscapes.

Thanks Helen and happy water reading!