Although it looks like some sort of octopus or creature-of-the-deep that has been washed up onto the shore, it’s actually the preserved remains of a tree 🙂
Borth Beach in mid-Wales is an amazing place when the winter storms strip back the sand to uncover ancient trees beneath. I first saw it featured on the BBC’s Coast series, and was captivated by the idea. Amazingly, if you Google for Borth Beach, none of the hits on the first page mention the submerged forest … it seems that most people visit this place during the summer when the trees aren’t visible.
We went in mid-January, and got very lucky indeed with the amount of trees on show that day.
If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.