Saturday, 17 October 2015

The Shore at the Doon

First full day in Scotland meant an inevitable trip to the beach known as "The Shore" to my fellow kids, and "The Doon" to my mother and her contemporaries. The best beach in the area, where children swam in rubber rings and played in rockpools before getting an ice cream from the van parked on the field behind the sand.

Sometime it was the place where a child would get their first wasp sting, or encounter a dreaded jellyfish, a lifeless disc of blubbering death threat lying there like a sneeze. One memorable winters day the sea froze in waves and I slipped on ice as usual, while getting a bit older meant evening barbecues there when we were on holiday.

Like the town, it hasn't changed. Only the ice cream van wasn't there, which was ironic as this October day had about the fiercest sun I've encountered all year. I got a slightly burnt face, but in the shade, it was chilly.

The sea was mirror blue and the calmest I've ever seen it. And when the tide had receded, quickly as it does in these shallow waters, the wreck of the Monreith, a two masted schooner that sank in 1900, jaggedly dominated the view.

As a child I tried to walk out to it, but ended up waist deep in mud, and alarmed at sharp sensations by my toes I turned back.

Today, as ever the rockpools were empty, but the sands were not. As the tides receded, the birds arrived, the first being a piping interloper exploring the seaweed covered rocks. "Cooooo-weeeeeeeeeeee" it called. My first curlew.

As more of the sands became exposed more piping birds arrived, the smart black and white oystercatchers with their piercing cries and brilliant red bills. How little I had noticed as a child, how I wish I could have noticed more.


All text and images copyright CreamCrackeredNature 17.10.15

Beautiful still day

This red admiral...

...has a very unhealthy diet

Tide receding. I love these beach streams

Sisterly art
The wreck of the Monreith

Black headed gulls

Curlew in the seaweed

Gull watches wader

Another one further out

Comical looking oystercatchers

You often see them in that "beaks open" pose in photos

Feeding in unison


  1. Still a bit hit and miss. I think the technical term is "record shots" lol

  2. does your new camera have an image stabilizing lens? I don't know how I did without mine. Oh yes I do - I did "blurry". ha.

  3. forgot to say how beautiful the shore is. great shots.

  4. Such beautiful landscapes and cute birds!
    "How little I had noticed as a child, how I wish I could have noticed more." I so often think the same, but then I point out to myself that as children we can't notice very many details when we need to try to understand the whole wide world.

  5. Thank you for your comments all, taking 36x shots without a tripod won't be an easy task I think!

    You are right about childhood Sara, but how I wish I'd known there was more than just seagulls out there

  6. Lovely to revisit childhood haunts. Looks a beautiful beach and how lovely to see curlew and oystercatchers :)

  7. Hell Robin, yes it certainly is, curlew and it's unearthly call was a new one for me! Hopefully my bird shots will get better.