As it was Easter Sunday, there was no work or school for anyone in the family, so as we commonly do when going on a day trip, we headed for Co. Donegal. This time our destination for the early part of the day at least, was Ards Forest Park beach. There, we spent a happy couple of hours, firstly all taking a walk, then whatever took our fancy. For me, this was taking photographs, while for my young son, it was an apparent attempt to break the world record for getting sand stuck to him. We may still be able to have this officially verified as I have most of it in the car. If anyone likes the look of the beach and wants to visit, he did leave some sand behind I think.
I took a lot of photos; too many for one post, but they naturally split into two types, landscapes and smaller views, so I’ll do two posts. Here I’ll post the smaller views and close-ups, and I’ll do a separate post with landscapes.
Jessica’s Nature Blog at http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/6339588/ has opened my eyes to the beauty that can be found by taking a closer look at rocks, and there are some great examples on this beach with fantastic colours and patterns, although I don’t have Jessica’s knowledge to explain what I’ve seen.
The beach also had opportunities for close-ups of the ripple patterns in the sand. Since I took these, but before posting, Jessica at http://wordpress.com/read/blog/id/6339588/ has also done a series of great posts on sand ripples, types, their formation, and ancient examples petrified in rock. I would recommend visiting her blog for a more informative post than I can provide.
For some wider, landscape shots of the same beach, visit https://aidymcglynn.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/ards-forest-park-beach-part-2/