Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged


Wooden posts arranged in long line to mark off an area of the beach

Between Weston-Super-Mare and Uphill is a long, flat sandy beach with about 100 metres  of hard packed sand, when the tide goes out, which is ideal for kite-buggying. A kite buggy is a light, purpose-built vehicle powered by a traction kite (power kite). It is single-seated and has one steerable front wheel and two fixed rear wheels. The driver sits in the seat located in the middle of the vehicle and accelerates and slows down by applying steering manoeuvres in coordination with flying manoeuvres of the kite. This activity is called kite buggying. The speed achieved in kite buggies by skilled drivers can range up to around 110 km/h (70 mph), hence protective clothing, including a safety helmet, is commonly worn.

On a busy day there can be about 20-30 people kite-buggying but the beach is large enough to handle these numbers.

And that brings me to the posts. As I said earlier the buggies can achieve quite high speeds, making it unsafe for anyone who might venture across their path. So for safety’s sake the beach area allocated to the buggies is marked by the wooden posts shown in my image above.

30 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Arranged

  1. antiquityandadventures March 31, 2012 / 16:42

    great photo :-) we have something similar at our beach the kite buggies can really move

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  2. Ruth Bailey March 31, 2012 / 21:42

    We have a neighbor who kite boards on the bay near us, and I’ve seen sail boats on wheels for sailing on the sand, but I’ve never seen kite buggies. Thanks for sharing and don’t run into the poles when you’re going that fast!

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  3. Hendra Taruna March 31, 2012 / 22:13

    Hi Mike….congratulation…

    Word Press “Versatile Blogger” Award Nomination
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    Thank you for the inspiration you have given

    And I believe your above picture will be more dramatic in monochrome version…

    ~ Hendra Taruna ~

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  4. Rebekah March 31, 2012 / 23:24

    brilliant!

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  5. Maggie L R April 1, 2012 / 13:20

    I love your composition and gentle tones, the simplicity of the scene is a real contrast from what goes on at this beach.

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  6. annefreemanimages April 1, 2012 / 23:52

    Very interesting post, Mike. I’ve not heard of kite buggying before. Amazing what people will come up with! Thaks for the ping.

    ~Anne

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  7. Judy April 1, 2012 / 23:55

    great shot, Mike! I love the color of the water, the posts, the reflection….very nice!
    Thanks for the pingback too!

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  8. Patti Kuche April 2, 2012 / 22:03

    Mike, this shot has so much wonderful texture and tone. I simply can’t imagine a kite buggy anywhere near this scene!

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  9. thirdhandart April 3, 2012 / 21:28

    Love the palette of your image. Wonderful photograph, wonderful vision!

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