Shapes in the Sand (1) -  Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

So organic-looking were these sand shapes that it seemed as if some alien force had taken over the beach sediments and re-formed them, grain by grain, into a growing living monstrous being. A cascade of overlapping pseudopodia looked sometimes like naively-conceived humanoid body-parts – arms, legs, fingers, or other appendages – whilst other areas mimicked faces.

Shapes in the Sand (2) - Organic-looking natural abstract sculpture in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (3) - Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (4) - A natural abstract sand sculpture - Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (5) - A natural sand sculpture - Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (6) - Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (7) - Organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

Shapes in the Sand (8) - A context shot for the organic-looking natural shapes in the sand at Rhossili Beach, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012, showing Worms Head on the horizon.

Shapes in the Sand (9) - A naturally occurring sand sculpture with weird organic-looking shapes, photographed on the beach at Rhossili, Gower, South Wales, 19th July 2012.

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6 Replies to “Shapes in the Sand at Rhossili”

  1. Thanks, Lucy. I think I know how this sand formation came about. It was to do with freshwater run-off from a steep slope arriving at beach level beneath a depth of dry wind-blown sand. The water bubbled up through the sand – carrying ‘liquified’ sand rapidly down a gradient where it set in position – rather like the guttering molten wax of a candle solidifies in tears or runs. The location being Rhossili meant that the sand was tinted with fine red sediments derived from Old Red Devonian Sandstone on Rhossili Down.

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