At Thunder Cove the beach is pristine. The eastern side is lined with sand dunes.
To the west the sandstone cliffs line the beach, and the wave action forms interesting features such as sea stacks. However, the cliffs themselves are worth a look as the sea works its erosive magic on them every year.
Sandstone erodes easily. Today, the cliff looks a long distance from the water’s edge.
Not so during seasonal storms, especially during high tide, when the water licks at the sandstone and erodes it easily.
When we visited the beach last year, one place had a phone booth sized opening in the cliff. This year, the change is dramatic as a huge area of sandstone has disappeared, creating an area more than ten times the size it was last year. This beach is eroding at an alarming rate.
The sandstone itself shows the rounded profile of water action.
A developing sea cave shows how high the seas are sometimes, more than a meter above the sand.
A tunnel may erode into existence here. Could another sea stack, albeit a small one, follow?
And all along the cliffs, faces look out from the sandstone.
As nature does its work, their expressions will change or they’ll disappear over the next year,
like the humans who gaze upon them.