I walked to town and back this morning. I wanted to buy a book about seaweed. Failure. I looked in the library too but the only book about seaweed was illustrated with drawings - and I wanted photos; photos so I could be sure of what I had seen the day before.
The sea has been churning up seaweed.It's what it does at this time of year. In some places the waves pile it high like bonfires. In others, it arranges it in deep in deep, huge, flat carpets. Elsewhere, almost every bit is distinct and separate, or gathered and grouped but in clear, small lumps. I took these photos yesterday (12th October 2010.) I could hazard identification but I'll not put labels until I'm not sure of them all. This, I suggest, is no worry. Seaweeds look just as interesting, just as beautiful, whether you know their names or not.
And another . . .
And a leaf from that group close to . . .
More - like red worms . . .
Almost limitless in variety . . .
Sometimes, beautiful . . . sometimes slimy . . . (but still beutiful!) . . .
Non- stop seaweed . . . some small scraps (see the footprint next to the one below) . . .
Weird and wonderful
in endless styles . . .
In the sidebar, there's a link to the Natural History Museum's UK seaweed survey. See if you can take part!
And there's a bonus picture on Pictures Just Pictures. The little yellow snail sitting on the seaweed is less than half an inch long. One day, I'll remember to take a ruler when I go out walking!