Prints in the Sand

Walking in the sand, head down, lost in the search for textures, it struck me. No, not a bird dropping or any other such beach related object, but the idea that the sand at the beach,  is like a mini sand dune and the texture of the surface is revealed through shadows. The indents and dips created by the movement of man, animal and machine traversing from path to shore produce patterns and reveal clues to the activities of those who have tread before.

tire track in sandThe smooth sand is as smooth as a blank canvas and has no shadows but add the imprints of feet, tires, rolling balls or dragged surfboards and an image is exposed.

bird feet prints in sand

The sand above was stirred up by a machine but only partly disturbed, the rest remains smooth except for the tell tale sign of a visit by a seagull.

_MG_2347The deeper the imprint the darker the shadow.

_MG_2352There seems to be evidence of a dog having been in this section, maybe chasing after the bird.

_MG_2360A barefooted stroller as well as a sneaker clad one and a seagull left evidence of having passed this way.

DSC_0235Later in the day, the shadows are longer and the textures even more pronounced.

Try a texture revealing shadow hunt yourself. It offers another way to see the world around you.

~ Susan

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