Abstract natural patterns of coral sand and plant debris on the drift line at Cape Tribulation beach

I like these abstract natural patterns that I photographed several years ago on the beach at Cape Tribulation in Northern Queensland, Australia. I have seen similar nearer to home, on Studland Beach in Dorset, England. Complex dendritic or branching drainage channels, where water has flowed down the shore with the ebbing tide, cut through a surface layer of much-comminuted dark brown flotsam plant debris, leaving designs of white contrasting coral sand.

Abstract natural patterns of coral sand and plant debris on the drift line at Cape Tribulation beach

Abstract natural patterns of coral sand and plant debris on the drift line at Cape Tribulation beach

Abstract natural patterns of coral sand and plant debris on the drift line at Cape Tribulation beach

Abstract natural patterns of coral sand and plant debris on the drift line at Cape Tribulation beach

General view of Cape tribulation beach with driftline of fine particle plant debris

6 Replies to “Tribulation Drift”

  1. Lovely patterns and composition, nice contrast in the presentation. I love dendritic patterns as well – but I don’t get to the beach much. Some of these would looks great converted to black and white.

  2. Very striking Jessica. I usually have to zoom in quite close to isolate patterns like these for any impression of the scene to come across, but here, even in the wide angle views, the patterns are amazing. Great images.

  3. It was interesting the way the plant debris had accumulated. There didn’t seem to be much in the way of seaweed, not like the way it washes ashore on British coasts. The small fragments on Cape Tribulation beach seemed to be from something like crushed mangrove leaves and maybe coconut husks, broken down to the size of tea leaves.

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