Tuesday, 3 March 2009

ABC Wednesday - G



G is for Groyne. Used to prevent longshore drift and coastal erosion. The wooden groynes are the cheapest but only last for 15-20 years. These are the remnants of the ones on my local bay where more robust measures involving big rocks have had to be put in place.


Some pristine ones below at Whitstable in Kent in the more benign south. Good for sheltering from the wind in the British summer while pretending it is warm.

Here the waves coming in.

I have always lived on the coast and love the sea in all its moods.

I think John Masefield must have felt the same:-

"I must go down to the seas again, for the call of the running tide
Is a wild call and a clear call that may not be denied;
And all I ask is a windy day with the white clouds flying,
And the flung spray and brown spume, and the sea-gulls crying."

For a galaxy of Gs go and take a look at ABC Wednesday

10 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful photos! I love the water, too. Glad to live near it here in Seattle. Thanks for sharing!

Pat said...

Lovely photos, and very interesting information about Groynes. I learn something new everyday from my blog visits. Nice "G."

photowannabe said...

I love the coast too. Beautiful and interesting shots.

Grace and Bradley said...

We lived in South England for three years almost forty years ago and have memory of the sea coast there. You blog is very informative. Thanks for visiting our blog and the nice comment.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Groynes...never heard of them before. Thank you for enlighten me. Great coastline pictures.

Great G

Tyra

spacedlaw said...

That is a nice word and they always make a good show of battling the waves. Excellent G.

Jay said...

I do like that poem!

I always loved the wooden groynes, too. They become a home for various sea creatures, and seaweeds too, and to my mind become more attractive as they age!

Tumblewords: said...

The sea is always beautiful - it does take a lot of ingenuity to defeat its anger. Lovely shots.

Carol said...

Oh I really enjoyed this post and all the photos...I've got that love of the sea in me...love the poem...

Gayle said...

I can definitely say I learned something new with your G post!