And the answer is… Mother Nature does sand art!

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Remember the guessing game from yesterday? You had to guess what this picture is. You can click on each picture below for a larger view.

Mother Nature draws trees
Mother Nature draws trees

Two people guessed it right: Annette at The Beauty Along The Road, and Cee at Cee’s Photography.

This is… drum roll, please… wet sand! And I have a picture of a larger area to show you what it really looked like. The darker gray is wet sand in the shade. The whiter part is wet sand in the bright sun. The yellow at the bottom is part of a rock. I took this picture at low tide. As the ocean water disappeared, the waves left this pattern of bare trees in the sand. Since the sand here is a mix of very dark and very light colors, the waves can create interesting patterns, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one as intricate as this one.

Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand
Mother Nature makes sand art: tree drawing in the wet sand

Usually, the sand patterns at Coronado Beach look more like this:

Patterns in wet sand: dark and light sand
Patterns in wet sand: dark and light sand

I thought I got lucky when I stumbled upon this interesting pattern. Lots of little trees…

Sand art on the beach in dark and light sand
Sand art on the beach in dark and light sand

Well, that was until I saw the really cool bare trees above. Next time I go back to the beach, I’ll make sure it’s when it’s getting close to low tide so I can look for more patterns like these. I’ve always spent more time photographing the waves but now I realize there is a lot to discover right under my feet.

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17 thoughts on “And the answer is… Mother Nature does sand art!

  1. This is precious, Milka. I suspect that the rock slowed down the water a bit and caused a “disturbance in the field” that then created these beautiful sand paintings/etchings/carvings….

    • You definitely don’t see those intricate patterns without something to slow down the water. I’ll have to look around those rocks more next time.

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