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.