Friday, March 5, 2010

Sand Patterns

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Sand Patterns








I wander along the beach











where the retreating tide







 




has left works of art
in the wet sand











from nature's hand







 




come closer
Do you see the shaggy 
red setter dog?








 



grey brown painting
transitory
and timeless etchings









 




gifts from the sea's great dance









 




and an occasional helper...







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39 comments:

  1. Oh, what powers of observation you have!

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  2. Hi Rosaria

    I think you just have to be there...this am I walked on the beach in the rain and saw the most magnificent rainbow emerge from the trees and spread right across the bay...I felt as if I was walking right under it and through the arch...

    Happy days

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  3. Amazing the precision and order in the formations the water carves. Love these!!

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  4. What remarkable shapes. I'm astonished.

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  5. Good Morning, Delwyn.

    Fantastic sand patterns! The first and sencond ones are like a beautiful graphic design!! Yes. I saw a shaggy dog on the sand in the third photo!! It's like a dog in a sumi-e drawing! I was very impressed with the photo; Mist over the mountains too! It's a masterpiece!

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  6. I "heart" the sand, water, beach, sun, etc!! I would love to go for a walk down the beach and discover the patterns the sand makes... but since I can't... I'll live through your beautiful work and delight in the patterns along with you :)

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  7. nature of course is amazing with its textures, patterns and ripples--- but so is the occasional helper

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  8. and how is the shell hunting?

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  9. Hi Tom

    quite a dearth of shells on this beach Tom. Occasionally I find a cowrie but little else...

    BUT the waterfalls are running today and they are something else...

    Happy days

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  10. Hi Bonnie
    I loved the variety too...how do waves do that...the iron sands must be heavier than the gold perhaps...

    Happy days

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  11. Hi Barry

    now I have posted this I am alert to any changes on the beach. I will be watching for variations...

    Happy days

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  12. Oh thank you Sapphire...I, of course, thought of old Japanese and Chinese paintings of misty mountains... I love the moods the clouds and rain create...

    Happy days

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  13. Hi Vicky

    I would love your company and will think of you later when I walk again...

    Happy days

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  14. Hi Layers

    did you see the letters in the track?

    As I was squatting down looking at the sand patterns a life saver rolled by in his beach buggy...hence the patterns...


    Happy days

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  15. Hi Delwyn - i'm baaaack! I was scrolling down the reading list on my dashboard and saw your blog and one picture ... it hit me that the designs in the sand look like the old-fashionned smocking we used to see on little girls dresses!

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  16. Bonnie

    it does...you know how sometimes things seem to register subliminally but never reach the surface...maybe when we cannot understand reasons behind our attractions that is why we are drawn to certain things...
    I loved that smocking...even did some myself at one time...for a dress for myself when I was a teenager - a baby doll sort of dress in pink gingham!!!
    and also for my last daughter...

    Happy days

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  17. Delwyn these are wonderful...just the kind of photos of nature I like to take...my kids and my husband standing nearby restlessly not having a clue what I am doing...until later when they see what I saw through the lens! Just wonderful!

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  18. Hi Laura

    The surf lifesaver that drove past looked at me with a quizzical expression when I was bent over the sand peering through my lens...

    I'm glad to have found another soul sister...

    Happy days

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  19. The last time I went for a walk on the beach I saw similar patterns, and thought to photograph them, but didn't. You've done a great job capturing the beauty that lies right under our feet if only we have eyes to see the miracles here, now. I loved the dog, and would not have seen him had you not pointed him out. Woof!

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  20. I love these sand patterns Delwyn. Another of nature's treasures to be found on the shoreline.

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  21. Yes. You indeed have a wonderful ability to see. Thanks for the inspiration and pleasure for the eyes.

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  22. And all the more remarkable as it changes by the minute, wave by wave.

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  23. These are great. I really enjoyed them. I saw a piece in an exhibition one where the artist had made molds on the sand of the patterns and then cast them in glass.

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  24. Such beautiful textures that are so diverse. I like the one made by a helper too. It almost looks Oriental. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. Beautiful. You are such an artist. And keen observer!

    Welcome back

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  26. Lovely patterns Delwyn, there where you are...here I'm still making prints in the melting snow.

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  27. what beautiful pictures - so subtle and evocative

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  28. Hello Dan

    I'm glad you see the same little works of art as I do...right here...

    Happy days

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  29. Hi Martin

    after I have walked through the heavy deep and soft coral sand I take my time at this end of the beach where it is firmer and easier to walk...this misty morning there were only an odd few people walking - perfect...

    Happy days

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  30. Hello Mark

    thank you - and it is nice to catch up with you again ...I'm glad you enjoyed these simple treasures that the beach washed into art...

    Happy days

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  31. Hi Ayu

    great to have you over again

    Ellen, how are you...
    that was clever, the sand must have been quite firm I imagine...

    Hello Larry,
    they are textures - yes and almost like textiles, they reminded me of that washed out batik from Indonesia you see in browns and blues.


    Hi Lola
    I think I just see because I am in no hurry and am prepared to look at what is...maybe I have a funny sense of perception!


    Hi GW
    yes that is why I thought of the paradox - they are both timeless and transitory, - always appearing on the beach but always changing too...

    Happy Days

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  32. Hello catherine

    how nice to see an old face...thanks for coming all this way from Mexico...but then I guess Hawaii is a little closer than Au...

    Happy days

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  33. Hi Wanda

    I can't imagine your climate Wanda...This has been cool here...and I've even caught a head cold...so am taking it easy...a run to the airport with one daughter today, and two more family members off on Sunday and then we have a quiet week before heading back down under...
    We have been missing torrential rains at home...6" one night and the whole year's worth in a few days...I hope that my garden is still there!



    Happy days

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  34. Absolutely gorgeous photos! I look for patterns like that too on beach walks.

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  35. Hi Sarah

    I remember you are a great beach walker...from your beautiful photographs...there is always something new to see isn't there?

    Happy days

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  36. Art by Nature's hand is always stunning. Thank you for these wonderful captures, Delwyn.

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