Sunday, 4 March 2012

Jurassic



Yesterday to the wonderful beach at Kilve, amidst sunshine, spatterings of rain, blowy fresh air smelling of seaweed, gleaming rock pools, and layers of fossil-rich sedimentary shale and limestone.

And oh, what layers!




We came to look for the famous fossil ammonites. Ammonites! Huge ones, we were told. Be still, my beating heart.

They were there somewhere, but like Tricia's stag, we didn't spot them.




But we did find these smaller ones. Tosca, almost Jurassic herself, is kindly posing to give an idea of scale.


She should have worn her coat. I should have worn my thermal vest.


Flossie was just fine. Who needs thermals when there's water and a stick?



And friends to play with?


As the waves erode them, underlying fossils will be exposed.


We'll be back to seek and marvel again.

19 comments:

the veg artist said...

Oh.. just my sort of place. Picture 7 - I'd have been on my knees with paper and charcoal (like brass rubbing) to take the image home!

BilboWaggins said...

We often used to visit Kilve when my in-laws lived in Bridgwater.

Amazing place and you see different things on every visit. In the summer we have had outstanding scones/cream tea from the farm near the parking area.

If the tide is in, I can recommend the walk along the top of the cliffs (but do keep the dogs close because the edges are very soft and more than a few animals fall every year)

crowbloke said...

i`m sure i`ve been here when i was young,, it looks so familiar. lovely description..

jabblog said...

Extraordinary layers. It looks a great place for a walk and empty too, though maybe not on a warm sunny day.

Lyn said...

what a great place to explore.It looks like it's spring but it feels like winter!
xxx

Gwen Buchanan said...

oh this so reminds me of our shore and cliffs but still different in a most wonderful way..those layers are awesome.. so beautiful... and the shore-floor too... wow.. so beautiful. ... possibly we were attached at some point back in Pangia time ...
What a wonderful place to explore!

Rose H (UK) said...

What an astounding place - and that rock formation...incredible. Certainly a place I want to visit :o)

Toffeeapple said...

Ooh, I read about someone else going there! It looks amazing, very interesting rock formations. Did you bring anything back with you?

Molly said...

What a lovely day. You made me homesick for "blowey fresh air smelling of seaweed and gleaming rock pools!" These pics remind me of the Burren in Co. Clare....and isn't it fun finding evidence of something that lived thousands, maybe millions of years ago? Flossie and her stick--doggie bliss....

June said...

There is Time for you, arranged in layers for easy comprehension!

Val + the Girls- BK +CK said...

How brilliant is that!

Preseli Mags said...

That's just my sort of place too - and now on my list to visit asap. Incidentally I keep visiting your blog, finding an interesting link to click (Kilve, chocolate shop) and then forgetting to come back and post a comment!

MLou said...

The in-house geologist was highly impressed with Clive and gasped loudly at photo of the ammonites. Spectacular layers on the cliff face.

frayedattheedge said...

It looks amazing (and thanks to Miss Tosca for providing the scale!)
It snowed here this morning, but it's bright now.

Marcheline said...

Is it wrong that those piles of rock remind me of layer cake?

Noelle the dreamer said...

Oh my, Rachel! Beautiful site (ex-RAF boy just spellbound!)
Looking good Flossie and a big hug to Tosca for giving us an idea of the scale!
Blessings to all,

Lucille said...

That rock face looked as if it had been deliberately stacked. How clean those layers are. Jurassic Tosca! Ha!

herhimnbryn said...

Oh thankyou for this! What an amazing place and the hounds looked like they enjoyed themselves!

hasenschneck said...

I love Kilve but have never managed to see any ammonites. Too busy trying to avoid falling over, mostly.

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