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50 great Irish beaches

Ballinskelligs Bay and Ballinskelligs Castle’s ruin, Kerry, Ireland.
The castle was constructed by the MacCarthy Mórs in the 16th century to protect the bay from pirates and to charge a tariff on incoming trade ships. These Tower houses were built all around the Cork and Kerry coasts by the McCarthy Mór family. Another larger example is Ballycarbery Castle in Cahirsiveen. Caption: The ring of Kerry. Photo source: ©© Michael Warren


Whether you’re looking for family fun, seaside activities or a beach with cinematic associations, check out this round-up of some of the top spots…

Read Full Article, The Irish Times (07-28-2016)

Condé Nast’s 11 Best Beaches in France

Etretat, Alabaster Coast, Normandy. The Alabaster Coast, has been named after its remarkable yet fragile dramatic looking clay cliffs. Since 2009 it has been classified as a Natura 2000 site. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


The first rule on finding the best beaches in France? Don’t assume they’re all on the Riviera. While the famed stretch of coastline does have some unforgettable beaches, you won’t want to discount the Normandy shore or the Bay of Biscay…

Read Full Article And View Photo Gallery, Condé Nast (07-27-2016)

The Great Painters And The Beach, Part 1: The European Masters, Claire Le Guern (10-21-2011)
The artful encounter of the Great Painters and the Beach is a love story, a celebration of life, a communion with eternity…
Since the early nineteenth century, Normandy’s beaches have attracted many artists, Édouard Manet and Claude Monet, gloriously painted the western coastal France, the beaches of Berck and Etretat. The clarity of the air, the quality of the light and amazing cliffs embracing the bay of Etretat, greatly inspired Monet…

Nova Scotia’s remote Sable Island now on Google Street View

Sable Island wild horses. Photo source: Wikimedia


Parts of the crescent-shaped island, situated roughly 290 kilometres southeast of Halifax, can now be seen on Google Street View.

Danielle Hickey of Parks Canada said the 42-kilometre long, 1.5-kilometre wide island isn’t the first national park to appear on Google Street View, but she said its addition is especially unique and exciting because it is largely inaccessible to the general public.

They’ll see the beach, the Sable Island horses, seals, the Bald Dune — which is a 90-foot high sand dune. It gives these incredible vistas and a full view out to the sea.”

It was once inhabited by life-saving crews who rescued and recovered ship wrecks during the mid-19th to mid-20th century…

Read Full Article, Metro News Toronto (07-14-2016)

The Wild Horses of Sable Island, Photo Art Gallery by Roberto Dutesco

Sable Island, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Atlas Obscura

What It’s Like to Be a Professional Sand Sculptor

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Despite the careful artistry and heavy manual labor, being a professional sand sculptor really is fun. “It’s living the dream,” Topazio says. “I’m making sandcastles for a living. Who the hell does that?”

Read Full Article, Boston Magazine (07-22-2016)

Love Building Sandcastles? This Guy Does It For A Living; MTV Online News (05-18-2015)

Sand Sculptures Seem Like a Bad Metaphor to Have at Your Wedding; The New Yorker (07-07-2016)
In terms of necessary accoutrements one needs at a wedding, there are certain definitive staples: nice flowers, good food, a DJ with a hairstyle from the late ’80s. “But what about the sand sculpture?” you might ask…

Stunning Plastic Bag Landscapes Will Make You Think Twice About Tossing Your Trash

“The unprecedented plastic waste tide plaguing our oceans and shores, can become as limited as our chosen relationship with plastics, which involves a dramatic behavioral change on our part…”Captions and Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Photographer Vilde Rolfsen thinks political art is more important than ever. Vilde Rolfsen’s photos ― which resemble aerial shots of mountain ranges ― aren’t showing nature at all. Just the opposite: Her series “Plastic Bag Landscapes” catalogs waste that she found in the street…

Read Full Article and View Images, Huffington Green (07-12-2016)

Plastic Pollution: “When The Mermaids Cry: The Great Plastic Tide,” Coastal Care
For more than 50 years, global production and consumption of plastics have continued to rise. An estimated 300 million tons of plastics were produced in 2015, confirming and upward trend over the past years, according to a new report by the World Economics Forum, released at Davos in January 2016.
Plastic is versatile, lightweight, flexible, moisture resistant, strong, and relatively inexpensive. Those are the attractive qualities that lead us, around the world, to such a voracious appetite and over-consumption of plastic goods. However, durable and very slow to degrade, plastic materials that are used in the production of so many products all, ultimately, become waste with staying power. Our tremendous attraction to plastic, coupled with an undeniable behavioral propensity of increasingly over-consuming, discarding, littering and thus polluting, has become a combination of lethal nature…

Sand Sculptures Seem Like a Bad Metaphor to Have at Your Wedding

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


In terms of necessary accoutrements one needs at a wedding, there are certain definitive staples: nice flowers, good food, a DJ with a hairstyle from the late ’80s. “But what about the sand sculpture?” you might ask…

Read Full Article, The New Yorker (07-07-2016)

Sand Sculptures Making a Splash at Beach Weddings, The New York Times (07-07-2016)
Sand sculptures seem to be what ice sculptures once were, minus the melting issue…

Where Are the Finest White-Sand Beaches in the World?

Yann Arthus- Bertrand

Yann Arthus- Bertrand

“Sandbank On The Coast Of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia”. Photograph courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand for Coastal Care. All rights reserved Yann Arthus-Bertrand ©2011.
“Whitsunday Island is one of the 74 islands of the Whitsunday Island group off the east coast of Australia. Named by the British navigator James Cook who discovered these islands in 1770, on Whit Sunday. The 4.3 miles (7 kilometers) long beach of White Haven, fringed with mangroves, has sand of a rare quality: at 98 percent silica, it is said to be the purest in the world.” Captions and Photograph courtesy of © Yann Arthus-Bertrand, for Coastal Care.


Relaxing on a beautiful, solitary slice of white sand is what many travelers dream about for their vacations and when the sand is so soft and sifting between your toes, it makes a shoreline even more enjoyable.

Here are some of the best white-sand beaches in the world…

Read Full Article, Travel

Sand Color Palette
Most beach sand color ranges from pale cream to golden to caramel, but in select places around the world, sand can be red, pink, orange, chocolate, gold, purple, green, or black…

The Colors Of Beach Sand; By Gary Griggs

24 Unusual Beaches You Might Never Have Heard Of Before; WhenOnEarth (09-10-2015)
A singing beach, a glowing beach, a beach with rainbow-colored sand — here are the most offbeat seaside destinations you’ll find on Earth…

Scientist Finds ‘Hawaiian Beach’ Sand On Mars, Phys Org (10-28-2013)

Star Sand Beach In Iriomote Island, Japan; WhenOnEarth (02-23-2015)

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder, A Book By Dr. Gary Greenberg
Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science. Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history…

Sandbank On The Coast Of Whitsunday Island, Queensland, Australia; By Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Photo of the Month, January 2012; Photograph courtesy of Yann Arthus-Bertrand for Coastal Care.

Beach Color, Coastal Care

International Surfing Day: A Global Day of Activation to Protect and Enjoy Our Coasts

Photograph: © SAF – Coastal Care


Today is Go Surfing Day, a day of international surfing and ocean appreciation. It’s the perfect time to spend a few extra minutes learning something new about the ocean or the sport, or just taking a few moments to reflect on what each have given you. The water affects each of us in a special, unique way, so it’s only fitting that we take a day to celebrate…

Read Full Article, TransWorld

International Surfing Day: How You Can Help Protect The Ocean, Latf
More than a million people helped clean up 20 tons of trash in more than 30 countries at these events. ISD is one of the largest global activations on the planet with Surfrider events taking place in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Canada, France, the UK, Argentina, Japan and more than 90 events activated in the United States. This year, Surfrider has partnered with U.S. Embassies and Consulates to plan programming which raises awareness of threats to the health of the ocean while celebrating International Surfing Day.