It’s not often that I get across to the east coast of this country nowadays, but I recently made a short visit to Courtown, in County Wexford. The weather wasn’t great, the sunshine was scarce and the light was dull, but I grabbed a few opportunities to capture some images
It must be said that Courtown once had the most perfect beach in the world – with a marvellous expanse of dry, soft, clean, golden sand. The water depth was perfect and safe for swimming. Admittedly, it didn’t have the fabulous scenery of the Kerry beaches, with which I am now very familiar, but the quality of the beach itself was second to none. Sunshine was always more plentiful in that part of the country too. I have no photos of what it was like before – but OMG – look what is is now!
What happened to all the lovely sand?
It’s an understatement to say that erosion has taken its toll. Tons of boulders have been deposited to ‘protect’ the coastline. Time has shown once again that nothing stays the same.
Bathing still continues between the piles of boulders
It’s good to see that there are still some gaps in the mountains of boulders, where families can enjoy the sun, sand and sea.
Weather shows its visual charms
A glimpse of normality
Off shore activities are definitely more popular now
Less beach – more sea. You win some, you lose some!
Swimmers still enjoy the beach
The wood by the beach
The opening of woodland trails do compensate in part for the loss of so much beach
The beach, viewed from the wood
The woodland trail is really lovely
View of the woodland from the beach
Storm torn trees. Winter storms have wreaked havoc on them also
But alas, the woodland was not safe either from the ferocious storms of last winter.
Graffiti on a storm felled tree
Graffiti on this storm felled tree on the beach echoes my thoughts about transience and change, although I could not read the full sentence that once was there.
Great for the stove – if I could carry it home!
I quite liked these natural sculptures that have landed on the beach
More of nature’s offerings
Many pieces already chopped – presumably for the home fires
The last rays of sun creep up along the RNLI boathouse
Evening walk as the sun goes down
Something for all ages in Courtown
Even the dodgems look different
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