Changing ripple patterns in a beach stream (1)

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I understand neither the physics nor the mathematics of the phenomenon but I think these evolving ripple patterns must demonstrate something about Chaos Theory.

Whatever, these naturally-occurring sunlit ripple patterns  are amazing. The regular diamond-shaped design changes to an irregular rectangular one and then back again. I recorded these moving, changing, reticulated patterns in the flowing waters of a braided stream running across Rhossili Beach on the tip of the Gower Peninsula. Just standing still and watching one part of the flowing water.

The sounds in the background include the roar of the nearby waves, the sounds of children playing on the seashore, and the slooshing steps of someone walking past through the surface water film.

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