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Rhod Lloyd
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PostSubject: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:18 am

This is a story of the power of water and waves.
About the middle of this year a stable piece of hard sandstone rock started showing spouts of water with each wave for a few hours around high tide from a crack at the head of a gut. The place was allways called the blowhole, because of a long established hole which gouted water, but the new ones were along a different line.
Very soon 2 blowholes of about 6 inches diameter had formed. With a mix of water, sand and broken shells the holes by August were twice the size, helped by winter storms.
As I was in UK for September and October, I did not see developments, however when I returned the rock had collapsed in to a cavern worn by the sea.
The first few shots were taken on a day I turned up to fish, but decided on discretion as 2m swells were pounding the rock and while there would be fish there, there is nowhere safe to go apart from a small ledge where we put our gear. As the blowhole was going well, I took the pictures.
  


The blowholes are at the head of this gut



The gout of water on the left is the original blowhole, now lost most of it's oomph



The bits of shell have all come from the blowhole, as well the salt water spray has killed a large area of grass.



Sunrise a different day. Why do computers do this, the original shot before rotating??



The sunrise morning







I was not the only one not pushing my luck.







This is what is left, I imagine the gut was formed this way, and there are similar formations down the coast. It will be interesting to see whether anything more develops. and cuts the rock off.
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:55 am

That's brilliant Rhod thanks for sharing Very Happy
It is annoying when your photos end up sideways rage
I think it's to do with the image size scratch
To conquer this I edit the photo (just shaving the edge a little is usually enough) then save it in a different folder from the original and then upload that version Idea
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:43 pm

Awesome shots! Just shows the power of the sea Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Fri Dec 23, 2016 3:49 pm

That really is a brilliant record of nature in action !
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:39 pm

Great set of pictures. santa rendeer
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:50 pm

Magnificent, nature at its best
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:15 am

Great set of pics Rhod.
We used to holiday in a little cottage in Pendeen in Cornwall,the sea had worn a natural swimming pool about 20yds long and 15yds wide,when the tide went out the water stayed in
it about 5ft deep.It was like snorkelling in an aquarium.
I went back for a look 5yrs later and it had gone,just big round boulders.
Sorry now I didn't take any pics.
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PostSubject: Re: Of hydraulics and abrasion!   Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:43 am

Yes, you visit a place for years, with only minor changes, then one storm can change it for ever.
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