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Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Sea sculpture

Thunder Cove on the north shore of Prince Edward Island is a place of wonder. A sandy beach stretches out before you

 

and at low tide, beach goers are washed in the gentle waves as they venture onto the sand bars. 

 

Of course, the waves are not always gentle.

Part of the shoreline is lined with Marram grass-covered sand dunes. 

 

However, the shoreline is elevated along a major portion of this coastline and cliffs consist of layers of sand and sandstone.

 

The sea has eroded this shoreline by its tidal action plus high seas and created curious sea sculptures.

 

There are numerous caves 

 

and holes at sea level,

 

sea arches

 

and sea stacks.

 

 
                                                 The sea stack above from a different angle.


 

There is something beautiful but unusual about the area,

 

as if you were transported to a red planet. The sand in the formations is obvious in areas close to the shoreline, 

 

while in the cliff face, the sand has turned to stone.

 

The rock falls,

 

cliffs and formations make a sea sculpted world which leaves one awestruck!

 

 

22 comments:

  1. What a beautiful long sand beach! Those sculptures are stunning! It must have been a long time to form those figures.

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    1. The beach is long and isn't crowded. It is a wonderful place to relax. Sandstone erodes so easily, it wouldn't take long to form the stacks.

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  2. Wow! These are fabulous pictures of a beautiful place. Thank you so much for taking me there. :-)

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  3. What you call sea stacks on the coast, we call hoodoos here in the west. Spectacular either way!

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    1. Hoodoos are beautiful as well. Erosion creates such beauty sometimes.

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  4. That last photo is best of all. :)

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  5. Unfortunately that middle photo of the single bit of rock with water on all sides reminded me of the destruction at the National Park in the West.

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    1. Our coastline is changing rapidly. It is a acary prospect.

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  6. Definitely beautiful. And magical.

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  7. I really didn't know that this kind of shoreline existed in PEI.

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    1. It isn't well known. We need better advertising!

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  8. Amazing isn't it. I would have been brave enough when I was young to visit those caves but not anymore. I also love the stacks... I love them all.

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    1. I am not brave enough to go inside those caves either, Barbara. I think those things are braved by the young. I love the stacks too.

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  9. We have a friend from our Shutterchance photoblog, Marie, who lives on PEI and often shows the shoreline like this. I am awestruck by its beauty! You have shown some spectacular images here...especially the last one. WOW.

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    1. The last one is spectacular. It is a breath taker for sure!

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  10. Those natural sea sculptures are amazing we don't have anything quite like that! Sarah x

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    1. I guess the rock in your shoreline is harder than the sandstone here, Sarah. The sea sculpture is beautiful.

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  11. Thunder Cove is an amazing stretch of shoreline!

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