Photo of St Andrews, East Sands beach
Scenic travel photos of England, Scotland, and Wales
by David Ross
, Photographer / Editor
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St Andrews, East Sands beach
St Andrews, Fife, Scotland
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About the photo:
East Sands beach lies at the south east edge of the historic city of St Andrews, Fife. I had made a special dawn trip to photograph the sun rising on St Andrews Castle (seen elsewhere in this Picture of the Day series) and was on my way back to my car at the leisure centre parking lot. As I passed beside the East Sands beach I was struck by the gorgeous reflection of the rising sun on the sand. Wow!
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