The Beach Below The Spittles 2

Pieces of shale on the beach with holes made by piddocks

After the beach boulders and scattered rusty metal debris, there is sequence of flat rock platforms exposed by the retreating water. They are riddled with holes made by the boring bivalves known as piddocks, some burrows just have empty shells in them but others are still occupied by the living molluscs that squirt water a foot or more into the air at frequent intervals. A velvet swimming crab mooches around the edges of the platforms, and sand tube and mud tube dwelling worms abound on all the surfaces.

Sand Pattern Abstracts

Sand ripple abstract art based on a photograph of a naturally occurring pattern on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (1)

Digitally transformed photographs of sand ripple patterns on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK, make colourful natural abstract art.

Sand ripple abstract art based on a photograph of a naturally occurring pattern on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (2)

Sand ripple abstract art based on a photograph of a naturally occurring pattern on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (3)

Sand ripple abstract art based on a photograph of a naturally occurring pattern on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (4)

Sand ripple abstract art based on a photograph of a naturally occurring pattern on the beach at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (5)

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Sand ripple patterns at Whiteford

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (1)

The natural patterns of ripples in the sand on the beach always fascinate me. Here is a selection that I photographed at Whiteford Sands in Gower recently. They had all formed on the expanding sand bank at the western end of the beach – which is also where I captured the strange serpentine ripples a few years ago.

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (2)

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (3)

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (4)

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (5)

Patterns in nature: Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (6)

Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (7)

Sand ripple pattern at Whiteford Sands, Gower, South Wales, UK (8)

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Rhossili ripplescapes Part 1

Sand ripple patterns on the beach: Ripple patterns on Rhossili beach, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (1) 

New Year’s Day 2010 was a fabulous day to be in Gower. Not only did the sun shine brightly from a clear blue sky on the frostiest and chilliest of days but the sea itself had decorated the seashore with wonderful, sharply-ridged ripple patterns of hard wet sand. This ornamentation was spread over extensive areas at  the Llangennith end of the beach, close to the island of Burry Holms, forming not seascapes or landscapes but unique ripplescapes. 

 Natural patterns in the sand: Ripple patterns on Rhossili beach with the island of Burry Holms in the background, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (2)

Sand ripple patterns at Rhossili: Ripple patterns on Rhossili beach with Rhossili Down in the background, Gower, West Glamorgan, New Year's Day 2010 (3)

Revision of a post first published 3 January 2010

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