After a cold, clear night there’s frost on the sand above the high tide line.

 

The sand bar at Spittal Point is only covered at the highest tides.  Here the natural debris from the river and the sea drifts together, with seaweed and woodland brash mingled on the tide line. The frost picks out a tangle of oar weed decorated with russet oak leaves…

 

and a band of driftwood twigs scattered with beech nuts, all sifted and sorted by the waves. The beach is full of surprises.

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