I picked up The Simple Things — a beautiful magazine; if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend — in the shop the other day and spotted an article about spending a day on the beach. There’s a peace about escaping to the seaside; there are wonderful things you can catch and eat and so many little wonders to find. And they’re totally right, a day on the beach, even in winter is incredibly refreshing and invigorating!
Now I must admit, you can go to the beach with one of two agendas. You can be there to escape and relax and wander along the shoreline admiring the beauty of it all, or you can be there to feed your adventurous spirit, push your limits and get truly bashed about in the waves. Our agenda was the former, but I can’t deny I was a little jealous of these kitesurfers.
It was a beautifully windy day — perfect for these guys. Kitesurfing is something that’s intrigued me for a long time. I’ve always wanted to fly and I can imagine kitesurfing is one way of satisfying that desire.
The beach is a great playground for both two-legged mammals and the four-legged variety, and a brilliant location for your furry friend to exert all his energy, so he doesn’t run raucous in the house.
The light wasn’t great, but it was dry and that’s all a photographer can ask for. Welsh beaches run for miles and miles and when the tide is out, you have even more space for playing. I can see us coming down here in the summer with a cricket bat or volleyball net and some Kubb — a brilliant old Viking game from Sweden.
But if you’re serious about finding some real treasures on the beach, you have to be willing to go out of your way a little. Get down on the ground, look behind a bush, try a different angle — you’ll be rewarded with some stunning pictures if you’re willing to go the extra mile.
Where’s your favourite beach? I’d love to see your photos and hear your stories!