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Sandstone Detail, Clashach Cove | by Douglas Griffin
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Sandstone Detail, Clashach Cove

A landscape in miniature at Clashach Cove, on the Moray coast of north-east Scotland.


I returned to this location yesterday afternoon, towards low tide. I was very surprised to find the foreshore at the eastern end of the cove almost completely choked with sand – normally this particular stretch of coast is virtually sand-free. I returned to the cave area where I had made an image a couple of weeks ago; I felt that I hadn’t quite done it justice on that occasion since I had to frame the image in something of a hurry in rapidly-fading light. This shot lacks the pebbles of the earlier image (they are presumably buried under the foreground sand) but overall I am much happier with this composition.


I am absolutely enchanted by Clashach Cove and by this spot in particular; the beauty of form and tone really has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Its particular beauty is all the more special for being ephemeral due to the constant erosive action of the sea; slight changes in the rocks were visible even from only two weeks previously.


Update 25/07/12 - This photo has been shortlisted in the 2012 UK 'Landscape Photographer of the Year' awards.


Website: Douglas Griffin Photography

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Taken on March 11, 2012