weekend postcard | beach combing

beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

The stretch of South Cottesloe beach is my favourite place to beach comb and search for interesting pieces washed up on the shore.

The photos here show the assortment of shells, sea glass and other ocean treasures that Mum and I collected in just two hours, navigating the jagged rockpools, sandstone potholes and large mounds of tangled, briny seaweed.

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cottesloe beach, western australia | table twenty eight

The waters along South Cott are popular with surfers and snorkelers alike as they cover large stretches of reef.

The northern-most access is a steep concrete stairway down a sheltered rock face, ending not on a traditional sandy beach but an exposed reef platform which continues south and is backed by low limestone cliffs rather than sand dunes.

It’s incredible to watch the changing landscape between seasons.  In summer the sand builds up along the waterline and covers the lower-lying pockets of the rocky shore, creating winding sandy paths between the higher remnant of reef.

But in winter the ocean reclaims possession of the coast, the higher tides eroding the sandy veneer to lay bare the skeleton below.

A couple of days ago stormy weather had passed over the coastline during the night, resulting in fantastic swell and a large congregation of surf lovers taking advantage of the breakers…

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beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

beach combing treasures | table twenty eight

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15 responses to “weekend postcard | beach combing

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  • Abigail

    Oh my gosh this is just so wonderful! I grew up on the rocky coast of Maine and searching for treasures in tide pools and crevices is one of my favorite things and something I miss so much here in the city. I could almost smell the salty air from your pictures! Thank you!! And the colors of your finds are just so gorgeous! Such different shapes and colors from what we find in Maine. I’ll be coming back to these images for a while <3

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  • chef mimi

    Such gorgeous photos! Makes me really miss the ocean. I grew up on rocky beaches, and beach combing was my favorite acticity. Leave the sandy beaches to people who just want to sunbathe!

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  • Nikki

    Beautiful post….. the place looks so charming. I felt significantly calmer after viewing your lovely post :)

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  • If the Spoon Fits

    oh my gosh, so beautiful! I’ve only been to the ocean once in my life, so I’m captivated by anything and everything that has to do with it. We have a little road trip planned to the beach for this summer, and sea glass is at the top of my list; I hope I find some beautiful greens and light blues as it seems you have done…although I don’t think I’ll find anything quite as interesting as Cyril – he seems to have a lot of personality, that one! :)

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    • angelica | table twenty eight

      It’s almost incomprehensible to me that someone could only have been to the beach once their lifetime – but I guess because Australia is an island country and populated primarily around the coast, it’s ingrained in our culture… Where did you visit the ocean, in the States or was it a tropical holiday?

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      • If the Spoon Fits

        I know, it’s a hard life! My first visit was in the States; the Jersey Shore, to be exact…NJ is awesome, but it’s not exactly the tropics. I’d love to visit someplace more exotic. Alas, I’m married to a fair-skinned ginger, and I’m not sure if lots of beachy vacations will be in the cards :( But maybe we’ll just buy some sunscreen and suck it up – someday when we have kids, I want them to experience the ocean and looking for sea shells and all that. Angelica, I can’t even swim! How sad is that?! I want a different life for my children lol

        Ohio is in the Great Lakes Region – which, if you guessed correctly, means we’re surrounded by giant freshwater lakes on the northern side. But, even though many will argue it to be true, a lake is not an OCEAN. it’s just a different experience.

        Australia is so on my bucket list! Until I get to visit in person, I’ll live vicariously through you and your beautiful photographs and stories :)

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      • angelica | table twenty eight

        Well I’m an albino and I manage to survive the the summer (although I’m a winter girl at heart and it’s why I love the UK so much).

        The ocean is unbeatable – hope you can get to Australia one day. And I’ll let you in on a secret – although Bondi Beach and the other beaches on the East Coast are more famous with the tourists, Perth and Western Australia has the most beautiful coast in Australia… :)

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  • Edward

    What an amazing collection of flotsam! I don’t think I’ve been to South Cott before, but will have to look now. . . perhaps I’ll bump into you one day while looking for shells.

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    • angelica | table twenty eight

      I was amazed at our haul from that day. I’ve taken to filling up interestingly shaped glass bottles with my found objects; some with smoothed sea glass, others with different selections of shells, anemones and coral. I actually found the crab in this photo about four months ago but he’s been on my balcony drying out since then. I’ve christened him Cyril :)

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  • trucvert

    Beautiful photographs, just stunning :)

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