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Saturday Beach: Seals on the Rocks, Kaikoura

Seals on the rocks

Sounds a bit like a drink, doesn't it? 'I'll have a Seals on the Rocks and a lemonade, please.' 

Kaikoura, on New Zealand's South Island, is a great place to see seals in the wild. They come here to use the rocks and rock pools as a nursery, and young and old seals can be seen splashing about here. 

(Alright, I know this isn't strictly speaking a beach, but it's close enough, surely? Besides, there are seals. That should definitely count for something.)

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Saturday Beach is a series of weekly posts celebrating beaches around the world, whether cold and rocky or tropical with white sand. I love water; I love lakes; I love the sea. But most of all I love the edge of it: the boundary between the water and the land; where one thing turns into another. This is my weekly excuse to share that love with you.

Saturday Beach: Bassenthwaite Lake

Reflection in Bassenthwaite Lake

Bassenthwaite Lake: the only lake in the Lake District. (Obviously not the only body of water - that would be silly. All the others are meres, tarns, waters etc. It's a technicality, but it comes in handy in pub quizzes.) I took this photo on a beautifully still day about a year and a half ago, when I stopped off for a stroll on the drive home from work. Not a bad commute!

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Saturday Beach is a series of weekly posts celebrating beaches around the world, whether cold and rocky or tropical with white sand. I love water; I love lakes; I love the sea. But most of all I love the edge of it: the boundary between the water and the land; where one thing turns into another. This is my weekly excuse to share that love with you.

Saturday Beach: Woman on the Southbank


Sometimes, it isn't so much about the beach itself as the view from the beach - or even about the people you see there. I took this photo on a trip to London in 2014. I loved the small stick figure of the woman against the huge expanse of London's north bank. 

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Saturday Beach is a series of weekly posts celebrating beaches around the world, whether cold and rocky or tropical with white sand. I love water; I love lakes; I love the sea. But most of all I love the edge of it: the boundary between the water and the land; where one thing turns into another. This is my weekly excuse to share that love with you.

Saturday Beach: London's Southbank

View across the Thames

London's Southbank is one of my favourite places in the world, so I guess it makes sense that I should include it in this series. After all, rivers have beaches, too. 

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Saturday Beach is a series of weekly posts celebrating beaches around the world, whether cold and rocky or tropical with white sand. I love water; I love lakes; I love the sea. But most of all I love the edge of it: the boundary between the water and the land; where one thing turns into another. This is my weekly excuse to share that love with you.

Saturday Beach: Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach

Yet again, I'm aware that this photo isn't very beach-y. But it's a meeting of sea and land, and there is a kind of rocky shoreline in the foreground. That'll do, right? Airlie Beach in Queensland is the perfect place for exploring the Great Barrier Reef. It's also a lovely place in its own right.

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Saturday Beach is a series of weekly posts celebrating beaches around the world, whether cold and rocky or tropical with white sand. I love water; I love lakes; I love the sea. But most of all I love the edge of it: the boundary between the water and the land; where one thing turns into another. This is my weekly excuse to share that love with you.