Ards Forest Park Beach

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.

Not a close-up, but fits better here than in the landscapes. An oystercatcher at low tide.

A small specimen, unfortunately dead, of the edible crab.

A quartz vein in the rocks bordering the beach.

Barnacle encrusted rocks.


Jessica’s Nature Blog at 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.






Air bladders on seaweed, looking a little like crab claws I thought.

The beach also had opportunities for close-ups of the ripple patterns in the sand. Since I took these, but before posting, Jessica at 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.








A final shot of some sandworm casts.

For some wider, landscape shots of the same beach, visit

2 thoughts on “Ards Forest Park Beach

  1. Thank you for the mention – I am just pleased that you are now in the same “zone” as me, noticing all the wonderful small things. It means that I can not only enjoy the beautiful landscapes in your part of the world but I can also examine the rock structures, breathe in the sea air, and feel the sand between my toes. It feels as if I am on the spot enjoying the walks with you.

    1. Very nice comment Jessica. Really appreciated. Some of the places I’ve been recently lend themselves to close-ups, and while looking at he shells, pebbles and rocks, I was thinking you would enjoy being there, and that you would create great images from them.

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