21 December, 2014

Winter Solstice - 21st December 2014

Today I was supposed to be going on a walk with an Herault walking group, but as usual my sense of direction and reliance on my Tom Tom caused confusion and I ended up on the wrong side the Herault River, and missing the group - they expect were fed up with waiting and started without me.

However, I turned the negative situation into a positive and got my camera out and took some photos.

Grau D'Agde plage and the Pyrenees across the sea in the distance

Again the Pyrenees and an navigation light house on the left bank of the Herault River

A fishing boat arriving in the Herault River back from the Mediterranean Sea

The beach at La Tamisserie and the Pyrenees

The right bank of the Herault River and the navigation light house

The port and starboard navigation light houses for the Herault River on to the Med

The River Herault and Mediterranean Sea

The River Herault heading inland

11 December, 2014


A winter walk on Marseillan Plage

Jeff had his hip operation yesterday and being on my own and having a chance to take the car out and wander, I decided as it was a lovely sunny morning to take a trip to the beach.  Last week we had so much rain and wind and the storms had distributed loads of floxham and driftwood on the beach.  Despite most of the rubbish being removed there is still quite a lot of wood of all description left on the beach: entire trees, roots, a lot of bamboo (obviously from rivers) and various planks and fence poles.  I picked up 4 small planks and hope to create something lovely from them.

Here are some of the photos of my walk.

Entrance/exit from the Etang du Thau to/from the Mediterranean

The marina at the Port at Marseillan Plage with fishing boats and nets

Dog foot prints in the sand

Waves curling....

Plant (dried out) by a pile of rocks

A trench in the sand.  I know a dead dolphin was washed up on the beach last week, so I wonder if this may have been where it laid?

There were many of these wonderful, large and colourful shells on the shoreline

Check out the colours on this water and the wave breaking - who'd have thought it...

Photo of the beach at ground level

A wave breaking on a sandbank off the beach

A bit of crashing and splashing

Sky and water

Sete in the distance

The sea fences and driftwood intermingled

Sea fences, hottentog fig and palms on the edge of the beach

An old knarly tree left by the storm

An enormous tree and more drift would in front of the dune fence

The beach and the debris to the right of the photo