Sunday, 1 November 2009

Beach seven and Teasel finds herself in deep water

For the last in the series of seven beaches, it was off to Nairn and Culbin Sands on Friday. This is another great expanse of sand, especially when the tide is out.

At one time this was an area of fertile land which belonged to the Kinnaird family but, possibly due to removal of marram grass and erosion, the houses and farms were covered by the shifting sands during a fierce sandstorm in 1694. Many years later, trees were planted to stabilise the dune system and they now make up the huge Culbin Forest, which stretches from just east of Nairn right up to Findhorn Bay.

The weather had turned dull so the beach and Moray Firth don't look at their best but it was still a nice walk and extremely mild for the time of year. We didn't have the place to ourselves, I think it is probably quite a popular beach.


Eastwards with Culbin Forest on the right.


Looking west to Nairn and the Black Isle over the firth.


These dunes are known as The Bar and make up a strip of sand which sticks out into the sea. The tide comes in quickly here and it would be easy to find yourself surrounded by water.



Teasel ran across what she thought was a damp patch of sand, she was not impressed to find herself paddling.


She was even less impressed when the next 'damp patch' turned out to be considerably deeper!
The face says it all.


Looking across the Moray Firth to the entrance of the Cromarty Firth.


The dogs always love to run in the dunes - plenty of rabbit activity there.


Rabbits or paddling?
"No contest" says Teasel.


19 comments:

Gayle said...

You have such amazing beaches to visit. I love the pebbles on the last one, and the endless sand on this one would be so fun. The photo of the pup in the water is too funny. The face definitely says it all!

Brownie said...

OMD! That expression just says it all: "get me outta here!" BOL!


xoxo,
Brownie

Chris said...

Poor Teasel she's not a water babe like friend Bryan is she? I've got to admit I have never walked on the beach at Nairn. One for the future.

achieve1dream said...

I've enjoyed hearing about all your beaches. :)

Gail said...

The look on her face is worth a thousand words! You tricked me, she seems to be saying to the photograher.

Martha and Bailey said...

Yes Teasel, we have found ourselves in very similar situations at the beach! You just never can tell and with only short legs you suddenly find yourself submerged - the salt water plays havoc with the ears!!!
Our mum is just loving your great expanse of wonderful beach!
love
Martha & Bailey xxx

Pyatshaw said...

So that's what happened to all our land!
PS my m.s. is Kinnaird.

Poor Teasel, 6 little beings here commiserate.

Thomgib said...

Excellent set of posts. Wish I could have accompanied you on all of the walks. XX

Tina. said...

Lovely picture, I love beach scenes! Poor Teasel! When we were to the beach in Wilmington, HoneyDew hated the waves! She likes water and will go in the river, lakes, streams, etc. but no waves!

P.S. Are you all getting the flooding that they were talking about in the news or was it a different part of Scotland?

Jennifer Wilbur said...

Teasel is quite the adventurer. Jana better watch her step!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh, poor Teasel!! Although that last picture of her all frizzed up had us giggling. Beautiful pictures as usual!

Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

Amber and Nala said...

Oh poor Teasel...I've been surprised like that too. :)

Nala

Samantha said...

Wow - what absolutely gorgeous places! Poor Teasel!!! But such lucky doggies to get to visit such beautiful spots (and hoomans too!)
Hugs xo
Sammie

jabblog said...

Aww, poor Teasel! Did she have to have a bath later?

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Wow, i have just looked through all your beach pix, i think we ought to move there. Holly & Zac would love it.

Thanks for sharing your area, i do wish we lived so close to the beach. My two would want to go in the sea everyday if we did...lol

Linda said...

Love the shot looking across to the Cromarty Firth.

Life With Dogs said...

How beautiful. We do not have such open views here, so I love these posts...

Gledwood said...

Och aye you're in Scotland, are you!!

When you said "Nairn" I thought you meant somewhere in Wales... I used to live in Wales; we had a huge beach just like that one right near us, called Poppet Sands ...

Esther & Sheba said...

Wow, Sheba says she'll trade places in that water any day! What she doesn't know is that it's not temperate like the water she's used to!