Saturday, 18 July 2009

Alum Bay

We've been to the Isle of Wight so so many times, and Alum Bay is on the "must visit" list. This shot is looking down at the Bay and the Needles from the top of the cliff.

Sadly it's been completely commercialised now, which I think is a big shame. Piped music, tacky souvenir shops - but at least the stripy sands (as we've always called them!) are still there.

The brave (or foolish) go down to the beach by chairlift. I walk down the steps!

The cliffs have been tilted at 90 degrees over the ages, the vertical stripes are formed by layers of sediment that were (of course) deposited horizontally.

The colours are amazing. The tourist info states there are 21 distinct shades, and I can well believe it.


Alison Reid said...

Lokks gorgeous! My friend's little boy is there with his dad!

gina rahman said...

Wow, I never knew it had colours like that, I have never been but I would love to.

My dear husband's new venture is camping and is researching camping gear (only the best, he is a bit techy bless him).

Vic at Blossom and Snowflakes said...

I haven't been for a few years now, but the stripy sand always excites me!

Midnightcoiler said...

These deposits are amazing. I'd love to know what minerals make them those colors. Sulfur, for one?

Nicole's Homemade Treats...The Blog said...

Love the stripy sand - awesome! Enjoy your visit!

Heather Leavers said...

according to wiki, "The sands are coloured due to oxidised iron compounds formed under different conditions"