The Enthralling Symmetry of Beach Umbrellas

Red and white beach umbrellasPhoto:
Image via miss lissa

A day at the beach: people, beach towels, chairs, sand, the smell of sun tan lotion, sea, sun and beach umbrellas. What seems like random beach activity is actually quite an organised environment, from colours to chairs to those saviours of the pale – the beach umbrellas whose arrangements structure life at the beach. See for yourself how the whole beach experience has become less haphazard and more picturesque.

All-natural umbrellas mimicking the desert mountain range in Kalawy Bay at the Red Sea:
Kalawy Bay, Red Sea, EgyptPhoto:
Image: joadl

Did you know that an umbrella is colloquially also called gamp, mush, brolly, umbrellery or – our favourite – bumbershoot, a fancy Americanism from the 19th century? Whatever you call your parasol, meaning shield (para) from the sun (sol), it is a beach essential.

Overwhelmingly orange with bursts of turquoise – Positano at the Amalfi Coast, Italy:
Positano, ItalyPhoto:
Image: designatednaphour

Now you see it, now you don’t – camouflaged beach with palapa umbrellas in Tenerife:
Image: Piotrus

Left right, left right, don’t you dare step out of line! Neat beach in Pesaro, Italy:
Pesaro, ItalyPhoto:
Image via tripadvisor

Red, blue and green beach umbrellas and chairs in rows at Mamaia Beach, Romania:
Mamaia Beach, RomaniaPhoto:
Image: phototouring

Under my umbrella, ‘ella, ‘ella at Cliffside Beach, Nantucket, in the 1950s:
Nantucket in thePhoto:
Image: Louis Davidson

Dot, dot, dot and round the bend – beach life in Monterosso al Mare, Cinqueterre, Italy:
Monterosso al Mare, ItalyPhoto:
Image: Barbara Weibel

At the end of the day at Sunny Beach somewhere in Bulgaria:
In Sunny Beach, BulgariaPhoto:
Image: Victor Frankowski

Surreal night beach in Roquetas de Mar, Spain:
Roquetas de Mar, SpainPhoto:
Image: Frank C. Müller

What are you waiting for, get your bumbershoot, your camera and a good book and get out there!

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