Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Years Day 2010 (4) 

Here are some more of the fascinating sand ripple patterns that I noticed on Rhossili Beach one winter’s day. The amplitude of the ripples, the sharpness of the ridges, the layout and design of these wave-created patterns changed from one part of the beach to another. I would really like to understand exactly what factors influence the making of this infinitely variable, miniature and temporary, natural beach architecture. 

Natural sand pattern: Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (5) 

Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (6)

Natural abstract art: Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (7)

Abstract pattern in nature: Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (8)

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (9)  

Revision of a post first published 8 January 2010

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3 Replies to “Rhossili ripplescapes Part 2”

  1. There is lots of inspiration here for Japanese gardens, but no amount of careful raking, however artistic, could ever rival these intricate, sculpted patterns.

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  2. Isn’t nature wonderful? It provides a lot of inspiration for artistic and creative work. Patterns and textures like these – in wave- and wind-deposited sand; in rock strata; stones and pebbles of various shapes and composition; as well as in plants and animals – are a terrific resource for abstract art work and textile design.

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