Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Texture of Sand

After a little excursion we are back to San Josef Bay in Cape Scott Provincial Park at the very northern end of Vancouver Island. While we were hanging out at this beautiful, deserted beach I noticed how different the texture of the sand was in different locations - quite fascinating!

You can already see it here in all the ripples in the sand. But there was more.
This looks like the wind is  blasting across the sand, but it actually was rather still here.

Look at this interesting pattern - when the tide went out, the small pebbles that were still floating in the water painted these zig-zag lines into the sand until they just stopped where the water would drop them.

I love this landscape - just a different perspective of the sand in the top photo.

Here you can clearly see where the water was flowing before it retreated and left these canyons.

A peaceful pattern, one you think can go on for miles and miles. Again, just a different perspective of the second photo.

And this is how the sand looks like in the water - gorgeous. I feel like picking up a brush (or using my fingers) and make beautiful textures with heavy bodied paint.


Marianne said...

Sand is one of my favorite things to photograph. I have captured ripples and patterns but I have never been able to do it well.
I love this post. I love how ou describe the sand. It makes me feel like I am there.
beautiful !

Anonymous said...

Love these!!

KB said...

You have an amazing eye. Those textures are like works of art, painted by the water. I think that I love the first one the most but they are all fabulous.

Elephant's Child said...

WOW!!! Thank you.

Kay L. Davies said...

The sixth one, the close-up, is amazing, Carola. If you said it was a photo of slabs of rock, I'd believe it.
More and more I regret never visiting the northern part of The Island, but I also appreciate your photos more.

JoZart Designs said...

Wonderful photos and such different sand patterns. We went to the beach last week, whilst our Brighton grandees were visiting, and that's just what we were looking and marvelling at whist we paddled with them.
BTW The little brother will arrive in Germany late next month... not long now! All's well with them.
love Jo x

Rosie Grey said...

Such fantastic photos - I love the pattern and textures!

gina said...

Wonderful exploration of texture -- I love the abstract quality of these images.

Willkommen auf meiner Kreativseite. said...

Herrliche Sandbilder sind das! Du hast echt ein Auge für tolle Fotos.


Maria Ontiveros said...

Gorgeous - each one is better than the previous!!!
Thanks for the inspiration; maybe I'll do this next time I take the dogs to the beach.

Lisabella Russo said...

Beautiful! I've stopped to look at sand, but never thought very much about it. Your variations that you've photographed are lovely...

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Liebe Carola,
es ist wunderschön, wie Du die Struktur und Textur des Sandes eingefangen hast. Phantastisch !
Viele liebe Grüße Synnöve

Unknown said...

I love these patterns.
I'm so grateful you documented them to share.
Living in Indiana, beach sand is rare, rare, rare....
except in a sandbox :)

Vagabonde said...

I have fond memories of the Provincial Parks on Vancouver Island. We stayed in Nanaimo and went into the rain forest near there – it was quite many years ago and I still remember it vividly. Sadly I did not have a good camera then so I do not have good photos. Yours are outstanding.