Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 8-10

Natural patterns in rippled water

Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 8-10 Photographs of natural patterns created by reflected sunlight on the crests of minor ripples in clear shallow seawater lapping with the incoming tide around the island of Burry Holms at the tip of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Here shown in negative format to highlight the intricacies of the natural designs.

Natural patterns in rippled water

Natural patterns in rippled water

Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 4-7

Natural patterns in rippled water

Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 4-7 Photographs of natural patterns created by reflected sunlight on the crests of minor ripples in clear shallow seawater lapping with the incoming tide around the island of Burry Holms at the tip of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Here shown in negative format to highlight the intricacies of the natural designs.

Natural patterns in rippled water

Natural patterns in rippled water

Natural patterns in rippled water

Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 1-3

Natural patterns in rippled water

Shallow Water Tidal Ripple Patterns 1-3 Photographs of natural patterns created by reflected sunlight on the crests of minor ripples in clear shallow seawater lapping with the incoming tide around the island of Burry Holms at the tip of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. Here shown in negative format to highlight the intricacies of the natural designs.

Natural patterns in rippled water

Natural patterns in rippled water

Reticulated ripples

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When, by chance, the sand grains on Rhossili beach are ill-sorted by the sea, the shore retains water in the sandy interstices as the tide recedes. Expanses of seashore can, for this reason, be covered by a thin surface film of seawater. The wind, blowing across these most shallow of ponds, disturbs the water and creates ripples. Swirling gusts of wind push the water in all directions – the ripples travelling in one direction are soon met by ripples from another direction. The result is a natural mosaic-like reticulated pattern of ripples – natural abstract works of art.  These photographs of the reticulation phenomenon have been digitally enhanced to introduced a new, brighter colour scheme that brings out the details of the patterns. 

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Tide pool ripples at Rhossili (1)

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The changing pattern of sunlight, reflected on gentle breeze-driven ripples, in a beach tide pool at Rhossili, Gower, in South Wales.

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