The word “texture” originally described the characteristics of a woven fabric, as influenced by the arrangement, size and quality of the threads used in weaving the fabric. I can visualize the knobby texture of tweed versus the soft, smooth feel of silk. Later, texture also described the feel of other materials such as wood, metal, or canvas (think textured paintings). Sometimes, texture is used to describe the basic structure of something more abstract, for example, the texture of a conversation, or the texture of society.
Since it’s kind of difficult to photograph the texture of an abstract concept, I’ll stick to the always fascinating textures created by the eternally interacting forces of wind, water, and sand.
Here, the retreating water has created a perfectly smooth sandy beach.
On closer inspection, the perfectly smooth sand is actually a bit textured with tiny ridges, and even more so by the sea foam, little soap-like bubbles, left behind by the last wave going back out to sea.
This water’s edge is anything but smooth and pleasing. Moreover, even the surface of the water appears somewhat textured, like the tiny, pillowy segments of a quilt.
This stretch of water was tussled by the take-off motions of many birds:
A heron creates ripples on the water through subtle movement:
Very limited wave action creates this highly textured water surface that in turn reflects light in varied patterns:
And when the heron takes off, he leaves behind a short-lived, snake-like trail on the water’s surface:
Sand, water, and wind – constantly interacting and creating new patterns and textures – mirror back to us the grand impermanence of this world.
The WordPress Photo Challenge this week is about “Texture:” “share a texture found in an unexpected place. It could be made of natural materials….or with man-made objects.” More info here