I like these abstract natural patterns that I photographed several years ago on the beach at Cape Tribulation in Northern Queensland, Australia. I have seen similar nearer to home, on Studland Beach in Dorset, England. Complex dendritic or branching drainage channels, where water has flowed down the shore with the ebbing tide, cut through a surface layer of much-comminuted dark brown flotsam plant debris, leaving designs of white contrasting coral sand.
Inch Strand is a wide beach on a sand spit that reaches out like a peninsula into the sea at right angles to the mainland on the South Coast of the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland. We walked the entire five kilometres of dune-backed shore as the tide was receding. By the time we turned back from the tip of the spit, the ebbing sea had left behind acres and acres of wonderful patterns in the sand, in sculptural forms the like of which I have never seen before. I was totally captivated by these designs, looking as did like elaborate knitting or crochet stitching. Here are just a couple of examples of the patterns in the sand.
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