The storm waves shift the sediments around Whiteford Sands. They scour the sand away from some areas and dump it in others. The base of this ancient piece of wood seemed to be embedded in sand during the summer. The storm has washed it away to reveal a layer of cobbles and pebbles holding it fast. Hundreds of winkles have survived the violent waves (presumably by hiding under stones) and emerged to climb up the deeply grooved and water-worn timber. The winkles feed on a fine coating of microscopic algae. The parallel vertical lines or ribs of the wood grain transform into the most interesting convolutions and patterns. The rough texture of the wood contrasts with the smooth glassiness of the surface water in the pools covering the stones.
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