Photo-Art by Neil de Boer

Vancouver Island – Nature’s Sand Art

Nature's Sand Art

Nature’s Sand Art

While walking along Florencia Bay on Vancouver Island, British Columbia these markings in the sand that looked like trees caught my eye. They were somehow produced by the receding tide. I am constantly amazed by the beauty to be found in the most unexpected places. It was almost as if God was drawing pictures in the sand!


18 responses

  1. He doodles!

    June 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

  2. Beautiful! These seem more defined than the ones I saw – I’d love to actually watch the process of the patterns being made 🙂

    June 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    • Thanks! Yes it would be interesting to see what is in the sand that creates these.

      June 11, 2014 at 10:08 pm

  3. How fantastic is that?! Well spotted…. 🙂

    June 12, 2014 at 2:46 am

  4. Really beautiful!

    June 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

  5. Sounds (and looks) like a great idea for a series!

    June 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    • I do have a few other shots with groups of 2 or 3 – I’ll have to see what I can come up with!

      June 12, 2014 at 9:46 am

  6. What an extraordinary find

    June 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

  7. Very nice – one of nature’s repeating patterns on many different scales. I was delighted to find something similar in the crystalline glaze on a ceramic mug (which as it happens I am having tea from right at this moment). Here is a macro to illustrate what I mean:

    September 3, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    • I love the patterns – I will have to take a look at some of my glazed mugs!

      September 3, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      • Use a magnifying glass! These are about 5X macro shots, some of them cropped, so for me the patterns were a bit of a surprise as I could not really make them out with the naked eye. Here is another set on a plate by the same potter, but these ones are not geomorphological (is that a word?)

        September 3, 2014 at 12:46 pm

  8. Beautiful macro work! If geomorphological is not a word it should be. I like the sound of it!
    If you want to try a poor mans macro lens, take your lens off and turn it around and hold it in front of the camera sensor. It is a little tricky but magnifies beautifully.

    September 3, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    • I have seen some macro work done like that, it produces some really interesting effects. What I have done with these shots is adapt an old (and cheap) bellows unit and reverse mount an old (and cheap) lens on the front. Far more affordable (about 10% or less) than a good high magnification macro lens.

      September 3, 2014 at 1:22 pm

  9. That’s a great alternative. Much easier than holding the lens in front of the camera!

    September 3, 2014 at 1:45 pm

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