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The spring gallery this year is a simple collection of pictures of Danish coastlines. It might be simple, but the variation is amazing and almost endless.
It's April and officially spring in the northern hemisphere. As I have done it many years before, I celebrate the arrival of a new fishing season by groing though my archives of images, and as usual I have dug out a handful for a gallery article.
As many of you know,
I have spent countless hours on the Danish coasts in pursuit of sea trout. The Danish part of the Baltic coasts and the fjords and sounds in Denmark are my home waters and a type of location I can’t get enough of. People who live far from the ocean may not understand this attraction to the coast at all, and people who live by coasts on the large and open oceans like the Pacific or the Atlantic might consider coasts as long uniform stretches of uniform boundaries between land and water.
Most coastline in Denmark
is very diverse. The variation isn’t endless of course, but considering the size of the country, it is actually quite surprising how different the coast can appear even within short distances.
We have shallow inlets,
sheltered and reed filled beaches, sandy expanses, boulders, pebbles, sandbars, dunes, chalky cliffs and even rocks in some places. We also have that classic, Danish beach with forests that stretch all the way down to the water - literally - with trees overhanging the surf zone and old trees falling directly into the ocean. In my eyes this is the most Danish coast of them all.
to large waves is limited in most places, and tide is not exactly impressing, so the erosion is modest and the water is usually calm and shallow close to the shore. Some of the outer coasts see some hard water sometimes, but all the fjords and sounds will probably look more like lake shores to many.
and gentle waters make for perfect fishing locations, and you won’t find many places in Denmark where the water is too rough or inaccessible to fish. This is one of the reasons that the Danish coastal fishing is popular and one of the reasons that I celebrate it in this little gallery. No fishing, no anglers, no gear. Just beautiful coastlines.
No fishing, no anglers, no gear. Just beautiful coastlines.