A Storm Approaches and Arrives – Seafield Castle Beach

Last summer I was down at Seafield Castle beach, just to the south of Kirkcaldy, doing a bit of ‘geologising’, ie looking at the various beds of rock to work out the sedimentary sequences. When I started, it was a beautiful summers day, but little known to me, as I was busy peering at sandstones, mudstones and limestones, a storm was approaching. It was only when the exposure time on my camera suddenly started to increase, that I looked up and saw this amazing view.

Storm Approaching - Seafield Castle Beach

Storm Approaching – Seafield Castle Beach


About 2 minutes later, after a desperate scramble across the rocks, the view had changed to this

Storm at Seafield Castle Beach

Storm at Seafield Castle Beach


I didn’t dare stop again to take any more photos, and just made it back to the coast path to hide under a low bush in a desperate attempt to keep my camera dry, before the heavens opened. Thankfully, the heavy rain only lasted for about ten minutes and the camera was fine – the sedimentological notes however, didn’t fair so well 😦



16 thoughts on “A Storm Approaches and Arrives – Seafield Castle Beach

    • Aye Jo, there’s lots of fossils in the limestones, mainly crinoid stems, brachiopods, bivalves and the occasional coral. The sedimentary rocks in general are very interesting, a good mix of deltaics and shallow marine environments represented. My apologies for boring you with the geology, I could go on for hours! πŸ™‚

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      • The geological time scale is mind boggling – the rocks here in Fife are quite recent or young, in comparison to many of the rocks in Scotland. The Lewisian Gneiss’s of the NW Highlands are approx 3,000 million years old. Considering the age of the earth is about 4,500 million years old, those rocks are pretty ancient! Going back to your crinoid, that’s quite impressive!!


  1. Lovely photos. I think you’re unusually attentive to the weather, for a geologist. I had to traipse around in the rain on geology field trips as a student, with the leaders apparently oblivious to the soaking wet conditions. I was even expected to wade through a river in the rain on one occasion, looking for graptolites. Such is the dedication to the cause.

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    • Thanks Lorna πŸ™‚ And I’m impressed by your dedication as a student. Did you manage to find any graptolites? And what course were you studying? BTW, I was only worrying about my camera getting wet, I’m well used to getting soaked whilst out walking or studying the geology of places πŸ™‚


  2. I am enjoying your blog immensely! An insightful meeting of art and science in truly one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Wonderful photo’s that take me there and remind me of childhood holidays to Scotland.

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