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Groyne grass

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The Groyne lighthouse, South Shields

The Groyne lighthouse

South Shields has three lighthouses along it’s coastline to warn shipping of the potential dangers presented when approaching land. Souter Lighthouse at Marsden warns of the dangers below the cliffs, the South Pier is to aid ships into the harbour, and the Groyne lighthouse is situated where the River Tyne enters the harbour.

Many ships in the past have ended up stranded on the rocks and silt which used to build up here, although the Port of Tyne Authority no longer has a great deal of use for this one, modern methods have kept a good deep water channel and onboard navigational aids have also had a significant impact in improving marine safety.

The Groyne is situated at Littlehaven Beach in South Shields where tough dune grasses grow and prevent much of the migration of the sands away from the harbour when the winds whip inland from the North Sea.

Camera details: Konica Minolta Dimage Z3, 75 mm lens, 1/200 second, f5.6, iso 50


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Written by curly

April 22, 2009 at 12:01 am

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  1. You captured the scene in a very artistic way. It would be a wonderful photo for a book on lighthouses, which I have. The red is a bright focal point. I grew up listening to the foghorn of our local lighthouse and love the sounds. The swaying grass adds so much to the overall effect!


    April 22, 2009 at 3:40 am

  2. I think this is the cutest lighthouse I’ve seen so far. Your photo is excellent too!


    April 22, 2009 at 5:20 am

  3. Beautiful!


    April 22, 2009 at 2:21 pm

  4. This is a great picture. minimalist with stunning colour…it reminds me of lighthouses over here…on the east coast of Canada.


    April 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  5. This is a great picture. Minimalist with stunning colours…it reminds me of lighthouses over here…on the east coast of Canada.


    April 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm

  6. Nice photo with a good composition.I like the contrasts between grass sky and the light house.


    April 23, 2009 at 12:10 am

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