Patterns in the water

Loving the abstract patterns in the water at low tide!

It’s that time of year again when we spend a couple of days by the beach in Parksville on Vancouver Island. Did I say by the beach? I meant on the beach! As soon as the tide begins to recede we’re out there following it out and looking for any signs of life that hasn’t yet burrowed into the sand such as sand dollars.

After a day exposed to the warm late spring sunshine, the sand was warm and it heated up the incoming water as the tide rose which made paddling in the shallows like splashing through bath water. Even better were the patterns made by the ripples as the sun shone through them to the sand below, an endless series of ever-changing abstracts that were irresistible to photograph.

I loved the way it made for an interesting foreground in the first photo, even making a natural dividing line as the viewing angle into the water became too shallow. Then there’s simply the patterns themselves, of which I couldn’t resist recording a short video clip as the waves rolled by (although the heavy compression for Instagram means it doesn’t look as good as the original).

Hopefully we can return again next year – it’s really a lovely way to spend a few days. We really got lucky with the weather this time round, especially as we were almost a month earlier in the year than previously, but it’s BC so you never know what you’re going to get…!

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