Stevns Klint and the ‘Fish Clay’

With an arrow pointing to Stevns Klint on my map, I wrote:

I felt that Dad was with me.”

We started our explorations in the lighthouse.The lighthouse at Stevns Klint, a place known for its 'fish clay' and the story it tells of an asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs died outThe view looking down from the lighthouse.View looking down from the lighthouse at Stevns Klint, a place known for its 'fish clay' and the story it tells of an asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs died outProposed staircase at Stevns Klint, designed for viewing the chalk cliffs up close.Proposed staircase at Stevns Klint, designed for viewing the chalk cliffs up closeIt is these chalk cliffs and the ‘fish clay’ they contain that is the main attraction here. They tell a story of an asteroid that hit the Earth 66 million years ago, around the time the dinosaurs died out, and perhaps the reason they died out.The fish clay of the chalk cliffs of Stevns Klint curve along the edge of the ocean (Denmark)There are several walking paths. Just below a church balanced right on the edge of the cliff is another staircase leading down.The stairs leading down from the church that hangs over the edge of Stevns Klint in DenmarkThe asteroid that landed in Mexico caused a mass of dust to enter the atmosphere, creating a winter that lasted 10 years. Without a reliable source of food many species died out.The chalk cliffs, aka 'Fish Clay' at Stevns Klint in DenmarkFor me these chalk cliffs are so inspiring and I am in the process of creating a series of paintings about them. The white 'fish clay' cliffs of Stevns Klint in DenmarkThe fish clay of Stevns Klint in DenmarkOn the beach below are many pieces of fallen cliff.A fallen rock at Stevns Klint in DenmarkOcean-rounded flint on the beach.Ocean-rounded flint on the beach in Stevns Klint in DenmarkClimbing back up the stairs we visited the church precariously hanging on the cliff edge. It is called Højerup, and lost its chancel to the sea in 1928. Church interior at Stevns Klint in DenmarkIn the attic of the church is the ruin of an old altar.Church altar at Stevns Klint in DenmarkA small lost bird makes its home here.
A small bird perches in the attic window in the church at Stevns Klint in DenmarkThere are other things to see in the vicinity: a park-like area with tombstones.Tombstone marker at Stevns Klint in Denmarkand memorials.Memorial marker at Stevns Klint in DenmarkPastoral scenery along the walk.
Farm house at Stevns Klint in DenmarkSigns – I like the ‘wash your rubber boots’ one.Signs at Stevns Klint in DenmarkThere is a second church nearby – it is dedicated to sailers and contains a model of a boat.Boat in the church at Stevns Klint in DenmarkTravelling through Zealand May 29 on the map in my Lonely Planet book.Travelling through Zealand, Denmark May 29 on my Lonely Planet MapFrom Stevns Klint we travelled down to Kalvehave where we stayed for the night.

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