Driftwood macro-photograph showing weathered surface texture with burrs (1) 

Driftwood on the beach has a great fascination for many people. It’s something about the way the wood has been altered by soaking in the sea; the way the bark is frequently stripped off; and the wood sculpted by contact with the elements, and by abrasion with rocks and sand. Maybe, something to do with the natural colour or staining, the abstract shapes, and the patterns in the grain. Driftwood has an aesthetic appeal in and of itself.

The textures found on the surface of driftwood are worth examining in detail too. Natural growth forms and structures, on both the macro- and microscopic levels, can be etched and emphasised by the weathering, erosion, and decay processes – as you can see in these close-up photographs of a piece of driftwood that washed ashore on Rhossili Beach in Gower, South Wales. 

Driftwood macro-photograph showing weathered surface texture and woodgrain (2)

Driftwood macro-photograph showing weathered surface texture and burrs (3)

Driftwood macro-photograph showing weathered surface texture and woodgrain patterns (4)

Driftwood macro-photograph showing weathered surface texture, flaking bark, burrs, and woodgrain patterns (5)

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