Natural patterns of light reflected on water

Water Studies 12 – 16 (Rhossili Ripples & Reflections 082016)

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Water Studies 12 – 16
This is the third in an extended series of photographic studies of the naturally occurring patterns of reflected light on shallow seawater ripples lapping ashore at Rhossili Bay on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Each has been digitally re-coloured and enhanced to emphasise the ever-changing designs without altering the patterns themselves.

The patterns change with every incoming and outgoing wave, with each new gust of wind, and from location to location within a very few metres.

Sometimes the ripples depend on a smooth run ashore over sand. Other designs are generated when the waves bounce back from obstacles.

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