Classic coastal landform 03 – a beach

Still images are very powerful because by their nature they provide a moment frozen in time. Such an image can’t help but provoke questions. Where, what, why and all the others…

Unlike moving footage there is no before and no after just the actual moment which we try to make sense of.

In geography education we want to develop enquiry – and this is precisely what a still image does. What do children make of this coastal scene south of Orford Ness at Bawdsey in Suffolk?


In the distance there is an old gun emplacement from the 1940s which is blocking the movement of shingle downshore especially immediately next to it. Closer to the foreground the beach is much wider and just look at the difference it is making to erosion of the cliffs.

The pill boxes  and other remnants of wartime defences identify the approximate position of the coastline in the 1940s.

The exposed rock wave cut platform is London Clay.


Classic coastal landform 02- a tombolo

Chesil beach joins the mainland to the Isle of Portland  – that’s a landform called a tombolo i.e.) when an island is joined to the land by the deposition of beach sediment.

“It is one of three major coarse clastic (shingle/gravel) structures on the British coast and is unique in being a linear barrier beach whilst the others (Dungeness and Orford Ness) exhibit cuspate development.”

And there is much more of this intelligent stuff here:



Street art, graffiti, vandalism?

Whatever you call it this is definitely Geography if geography is about people and their relationship with their environment. The picture was taken in the very touristy Temple Bar area in Dublin city centre, Ireland. It gives the impression that it is approved by the authorities and that it has been there some time. So, that suggests some interesting questions about city centre management and who makes decisions. Or maybe it is just me……17IDM0402sm


Free images for personal and education use

Free pics for education and personal use – now possible to simply right click and download unwatermarked images. Hopefully this will be of use to teachers and students and to anybody looking for images for personal blogs, homework assignments, and so on – basically anything that is not commercial. Please spread the word. Having built this collection of 40,000 images I’d like to see them being used.

Here’s one to get you started:

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Horizontals and verticals…and shadows

Looks like I corrected for horizontals on the sign and didn’t bother about the verticals too much. I’m sure that I go in phases over this. But looking up I suppose the eye expects to be confused by perspectives and angles. This has just been licensed so I guess it does the job. Simply a grab shot walking past a pub in Weymouth with the sun shining nicely. I didn’t bring out anything in those shadows either…. You know, with virtually every shot that ‘sells’ I can see a fault!