Welcombe Beach

This remote beach is a little difficult to find but the effort is well rewarded by superb rock ridges running out to sea. These are the eroded stumps of folded and twisted sedimentary rocks, upended by huge tectonic forces. I timed my visit for a day on which the falling tide exposed the best ridges just before sunset. It was rather stormy and every few minutes a large wave sent water cascading up the channels between the ridges to reach my feet. A 30-second shutter speed has rendered this retreating wave smooth like mist, with the rock ridges forming strong leading lines.