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Patterns in the Sand

by Bookwyrme , October 22, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: Ocean, Patterns in the Sand, beauty, wonder

For some time now, I have been interested in the patterns formed by the waves on the shore.

Sometimes they are the shapes and curves of seaweed left behind by the water, tossed and twisted into curious designs.

Sometimes it is the sand itself, smoothed into strange and beautiful patterns. A phoenix may fly one moment or a lily bloom near my feet. Fey forests grow, sending their branches up in curious twists, reaching toward dry land. Then the wave comes in again, and a firebird forms, or a mass of feathery ferns. I can walk for hours, marveling at these designs.

Actually showing other people has proven something of a challenge. I've been experimenting with the camera, though, and calling on photoshop--just enough to make the patterns stand out in the picture the way they did on the shore--and I'm working on a gallery of those "found" patterns. I'll be rotating work through over the next few weeks as I work.




  Michael Mize ( homepage )

10/23/2008 * 18:21:04

That is just wild! It's almost like a bird took a nose dive into the sand and left an impression. (Like they do on a window right after cleaning it!) What a testament to your artistic eye spotting these anomalies in the sand.

It reminds me of a photo I have of my daughters face in the snow. She was just over a year old and we were walking and pulling her in a sled. She leaned over and her planted right into some fresh snow and made a perfect cast of her chubby little face. It was very surreal.


  Mary ( homepage )

10/23/2008 * 08:21:53

Jessica, these patterns are unreal. I read the blog text on RSS before I saw the images and I was not expecting these at all. These patterns are an elegant surprise.

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