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Old 25th June 2012
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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

Looks like you all had a great time !
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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

I always take too many photos, and then have difficulty deciding which to cull! Anyway, I'll upload two batches, with the first being of people and pets.

I was having fun photographing orchids and wildflowers on the cliff top when I realised how far behind I was! The flowers seem to be flowering a few weeks later than usual.


By the time I got down to the beach, it looked like the OM-D was being put through its paces - what a lovely small camera it looks to be. Jdal (John), Helen & Wally


When we first got down to Blast Beach we were all dressed for the worst! Trish


It doesn't take many e-groupers to fill a beach


By later afternoon, after a few good downpours mainly spent in cafe or cars, we were at the north end of Seaham, where there is a fabulous mix of stones, white & pink granite setts or cobbles, flint, sandstone, limestone and a whole lot more. Woofmix (Paul), Trish, Wally & Meach (Paul)


"If I look hard enough, I'm sure that it'll fall down!" Wally's dog


And my hero of the day, Woofmix's dog which initially decided that it was going to stay comfortable in the car while we got soaked.


before deciding to change its mind and coming with us down to the beach. Funny thing was, Woofmix claimed that the dog didn't like walking far and that it was a little hard of hearing . . . I guess then that's why Woofmix is having to run so far down the beach!


Good to see you all, and I hope is now enjoying his travels through Yorkshire Dales and Lake District.

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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

What an interesting location. I wish I lived nearer, it looks like you all had a great day.
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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

The second of two uploads, this showing some of the curiosities to be found on the beaches at Seaham. The last hundred years of industry, including chemical works, glass works, colliery, ironworks, and other related industries have all left their mark on the beaches, and I have always found it a fascinating and often beautiful bit of coastline that is now beginning to gradually hide most of the scars of its past. But look carefully and you'll still find the clues.

Well, there's definitely sulphur deposits there on the rock but anyone want to test the liquid?


After marrying a local heiress, Lady Frances Anne Vane-Tempest (mainly perhaps to gain her holdings in local coal-mining, railways and the port of Seaham, although she was also a bit of a beauty who was admired by the Tsar of Russia!), the 3rd Marquis of Londonderry set about building a model town designed by John Dobson (lack of money soon put paid to this idea though). So of course, if you're doing a lot of building why not have your own brickworks with your name stamped on every brick.


A lot of the waste from the colleries and related industry was dumped off Noses Point onto the beach below. At the bottom of the eventual pile was a lot of ironwork including large nails, screws & bolts, rails & trackway, runners & various parts of conveyor belts, chains, horseshoes, bars and many other bits. The weight of the colliery waste on top must have compressed and turned the layer into what looks like a form of rock with the ironwork trapped within, until eventually the crashing waves prise them apart.
So see what you can find - the salt water and a bit of sun made this a beautiful mass of bright orange.






We then moved on to the north end of Seaham. The afternoon by now had turned to the dramatic contrasts of bright sunshine and dark foreboding downpours




And the beach here is an interesting contrast with rectangular blocks of sea tumbled stone (probably granite setts), and a variety of other large cobbles that lend themselves to a little bit of rock art!






And finally, an image that was meant to be with the first upload, but a nice one to finish with . . . Ken waiting for the next storm to come in.


It's really good to see the variety of images that everyone found - but I did notice that everyone walked past the orchids on the clifftop very quickly

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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

Really enjoyed looking at all of the images from this meet

Looks a great location

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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

Astonishing. Lovely images and lovely documentary.
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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

Here's a couple by my wife Tanya.
Richard has found a rock with many a hole, just right for a finger. The rock was later removed surgically.


The stack ... again.


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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

Great shots Ulfric - god, what a shame that the rock couldn't be kept on his finger . . he would have won quite a few conker matches in the future!!
Anyhow, going through the photos still and here is a little selection for you Ulfric.

Hey Ulfric, talk about colour co-ordination!


"Three thousand and twenty one, three thou . . . dad, do you think we could go back and get a few boulders off the beach?"


I'm glad to see that you got the shot of the orchids - here's one that I took near the Vane Tempest car park


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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

I enjoyed this outing sitting here in Toronto as you all did somewhere in the UK with a funny name.
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ok guys just got back tonight, what a great meet, so good to put faces to names and what a great day, soooo glad I turned up.
I'm well impressed by the photos, actually annoyed I didn't see sooo many of those shots, thats what makes these meets so good, all have the same opportunity but we all see different things, but that's what photography is all about and why I love it, its all in the eye of the the beholder
I'll post my shots tomorrow (or is that today now lol).
Thanks guys for a great day and a great place to take photos!!

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It's late but here's a shot of that amazing red pool with the floating pumus stones, a sight to behold, more to come.
The whole thing was just surreal, I mean as if the red water wasn't impressive as it was unusual, the floating pumus stones just added to the scene, either one would have been unusual on its own but to have both together in one pool.......incredible

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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

I didn't see the pumice floating on the iron pools, I'll get them next time...

Here's Richard doing his special photogenic running
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Re: Seaham 2012 : Blast Beach Photo thread

What a great set of images and an interesting place. I have enjoyed the messages, the pics and the potted history bits. I would have been with you but was rather far away at the time.

I hope I'll make it next time. Best wishes Peter N.
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What a great set of images and an interesting place. I have enjoyed the messages, the pics and the potted history bits. I would have been with you but was rather far away at the time.

I hope I'll make it next time. Best wishes Peter N.
What a fabulous alternative to Seaham - you must be devasted to have to have been left with such a difficult choice of which to go to!! What were the cafes like?

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