Closeups from the Cobbles

I have reasons to avoid cobbled shorelines. Legitimate reasons. They’re frequently steep, and they don’t hold a lot of material from the drift. Driftline treasures that do stick are apt to fall out of sight, lost in stony interstices. The largest cobblestones accumulate on the higher leveler zones, so even on level ground the footing’s unsteady. I sound cranky. In fact, cobbled shores are rare in my neck of the woods. By chance alone I find myself on sandy strands more often than not. Nevertheless, just a week ago I defied the odds and took a chance on the cobble-covered shore below.

I confess to another reason, a photographic reason, for keeping off the cobbles. On my home beaches dark skies, rain, mist and sea spray team up to create dark shiny cobblestones. On this background my closeups of lighter objects, things like drifted bottles, seashells, dead fish, buoys, and barnacles, don’t hold their detail. Conquered by contrast I usually stay away. Here, I put aside my differences with cobbles and discover something I hadn’t imagined. Cobblestones are as fascinating as my subjects.


At the far end of the beach, Short Beach, I discovered a lost and drifted crab trap. Can I get away with calling this a closeup?

See these and other closeups from the cobbles (even a shark’s tooth) on my Wrack Line 2019 page.



    1. Thanks for your answer, I’m glad I took the chance! I wanted to tell you I liked the way you introduced the challenge, making it accessible to anybody, regardless of their equipment.

      1. Thank you so much! Glad you joined in – and I think photography should be fun for us all. As you say, “regardless of their equipment”. Glad you mentioned this, warms my heart!

  1. Glad to see you brave the cobblestones. That image of the tree growing on top of the monolith was well worth the effort. Ubiquitous plastic debris shows up even in the cobblestones. Can’t get away from it!
    In response to your question: why not?

    1. It’s a pretty beach for sure. Too bad about all that debris. Of the big material, my impression is the bigger stuff is mostly fishing gear and related. Hey, thanks for answering my question. I took a chance!

  2. So glad you included the last image, it’s my very favorite this time! Wonderful close-ups altho I must agree the danger of slipping on the cobbles makes close-up shooting a bit dangerous!

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