'Kingston Beach', watercolour, 55 x 36 cm
Where the River Spey empties into the Moray Firth a few miles north of Fochabers is Kingston Beach. It is not a sandy beach, such as is found only a few miles west at Lossiemouth; instead the beach is covered with stones, piled up in defence against the constant force of the sea. These pebbles and stones are also embedded in the grassy areas and path that runs along the line of the beach. Here, we're looking east towards the mouth of the River Spey (which is roughly where the sandbar can be seen) and the buildings of Speymouth can just be made out on the other side of the river mouth. Further along the coast, and just to the left of the sandbar, we can just see the buildings surrounding the harbour at Buckie.
The water near the river mouth is usually quite opaque as it is still full of silt from the river; it gives the water a distinctive dull greenish colour which I've tried to echo here. The Second World War beach defences are still here, despite taking a pounding from the sea over the years. On the ground, among the sea grass grows thrift in abundance - one of my favourite seaside plants! Part of the Moray Firth coastal path, this is a beautiful walk along the shore.
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