Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

It was a lovely winter’s day on the beach at Studland earlier this week. The light was bright and a cold breeze was bracing. It was one of those tides that did not fluctuate much from the high tide line – just ebbing for a short while before coming in again. The water was clear and bounced quickly back from the shore as each wave broke in the shallows. A cross wind caused ripples to pass from left to right as the waves lapped in and out. When the sun came through the clouds, the tops of the ripples caught the light, and the reflections made patterns on the sand beneath. The patterns moved rapidly – appearing and disappearing within seconds – making it it difficult to capture the fleeting image and keep your feet dry at the same time. Here are some of the photographs I took of these natural abstract designs.

I have added these photographs to my portfolio on the Redbubble site.

Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

Natural patterns of sunlit ripples in shallow water

12 Replies to “Sunlit Reflections at Studland”

  1. I love the patterns created by water and light and you have caught some of the best with these photos – wonderful, they put a smile on my face 😄

  2. Studland is one of our favourite beaches, the patterns you have captured are really atmospheric. You’ve brought back some some very happy memories Jessica.

  3. Thank you, Jo. I am pleased with the pictures but I still haven’t managed to capture exactly what I see – that kind of twinkle and sparkle as the patterns move. I’ll keep on trying.

  4. Thank you, Julie. I am so pleased that the images have brought back happy memories for you. For me, the photographs are a way of capturing my happy moments when I feel the sheer joy of witnessing the phenomenon.

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