Sounds of the beach

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It has been blustery up here in Norfolk over the last couple of days. The tail end off Hurricane Bertha has lingered and we have been ‘blown through a hedge backwards’ (as my grandma would say) whilst walking along the beach. The wind gusts across the sands and a walk in these conditions is very noisy, especially if you are facing the direction in which it is blowing.

I started listening out for other sounds – my ears strangely sensitive as I had to strain to hear.

Underfoot – the crunch of razor shells (better keep your shoes on) ….

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…. and the ripple of water in a sea river (take them off again!).

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Above, seagulls screech as they battle against the wind ….

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…. and a large kite whistles as it cuts the air.

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A wind-break flogs slowly ….

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….and the heavy thud of hooves is heard by your feet as the vibrations reverberate up through the sand.

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All these sounds are accompanied by the rhythmical brushing of walking feet ….

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…. the constant sea roar….

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…. and of course the soughing of the wind.

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