The Sea Bottom

Sand dunes on the sea bottom, low tide, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia - Ellie Kennard 2016 Ellie Kennard 2016
Sand dunes on the sea bottom, low tide, Minas Basin, Nova Scotia – Ellie Kennard 2016

Living, as we do, very close to the Bay of Fundy which boasts the highest (and the lowest) tides in the world, twice a day we are able to walk far out along the bottom of the sea bed to the edge of the receding water. It is a strange feeling, knowing that within a few short hours the water will be many feet, even meters above our heads as we walk out on the hard sea bottom. It is a constantly shifting underwater landscape, with the perpetual motion of the waves sculpting the sand and rocks into new formations twice a day, every day. The movement of the water doesn’t allow for anything but buried sea creatures and crabs to remain for long. It gives a clean sweep, every 12.5 hours. Here it looks as if the sand has taken the form of the receding waves themselves. This is Kingsport Beach, about 10 minutes from where we live.

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  1. That's a great shot and your description is so interesting Ellie. How wonderful to be able to walk out at low tide. We live near Morecambe Bay, with has very high and low tides, but quick sands make it too dangerous to walk out. We enjoy the stunning sunsets instead.

  2. +patrick tracey thank you!

    Thanks a lot +Sumit Sen

    Yes , strange, isn't it. +Lynn David Newton​? It's stony or rocky in places and very muddy in others. This section is just heard sand worth occasional sink holes. Not too cold water, though, as by the time it had come all the way back in across that hot sand it gets pretty warm.

    Thank you. +Chandler L. Walker​ and. +Landscape Photography​ for the comment and the reshare. It's much appreciated.

    Thanks Linda. We did have a great walk and will have more, I'm sure. +Linda Jess

    Thank you. +Cynthia Carden Gibson

    Thanks a lot +Willie Scott​ and it would be great to see you here one day.

  3. Extraordinary. I would have expected it to be much more rocky. Instead, it appears to be sandy. When I lived in Maine, I lived a couple hundred yards from the ocean coast and walked down to look almost every day. It was very rocky. In the time I lived there I was once able to get out in that water and swim in it for a few minutes. It never got warm. And my feet stood on rocks. (I'm a good swimmer, but didn't go out above my head.)

    1. Thanks very much Cynthia! We walked there together when you were visiting, in, I think horribly cold and windy weather. Wasn’t it raining a bit? Anyway, it’s refreshing to walk there now.

  4. awesome, I didn't know that you live in this region, I remember I was somewhere at the Bay of Fundy when I visited Canada many years ago, I guess it was at a tourist spot, many people walked around, but it was very interesting to watch the boats moving with the tide!

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