Saturday, August 11, 2012

A day at the beach, part 1

When I was growing up, this beach was mostly rock and coarse gravel and the sand only appeared at low tide, but now so much sand has been washed up on the beach that it reaches above the tide-line and there is very little gravel to be seen. The black sand is typical for Iceland's beaches, although you will also find a handful of beaches with golden sand.

The Spákonufellsborg is close by (link will open in new window):

And now for the main subject: The little stuff on the beach that often goes unnoticed. 
Broken barnacles on the end of a stem of kelp:

Live barnacles uncovered by high tide, looking like a cluster of strange buildings:

In close-up:

Part 2 of this series will appear tomorrow.

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