Textures

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.

Birds at water's edge

Birds at water’s edge

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.

Seashell and seafoam

Seashell and seafoam

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.

Seagull and textured water

Seagull and textured water

This stretch of water was tussled by the take-off motions of many birds:

Birds taking flight

Birds taking flight

A heron creates ripples on the water through subtle movement:

Heron making ripples

Heron making ripples

Very limited wave action creates this highly textured water surface that in turn reflects light in varied patterns:

Heron and boardwalk

Heron and boardwalk

And when the heron takes off, he leaves behind a short-lived, snake-like trail on the water’s surface:

Heron taking flight

Heron taking flight

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

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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22 Responses to Textures

  1. Sue Slaght says:

    Wonderful seaside captures. The first photo made me smile thinking of a bird stampede.πŸ™‚

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  2. Cathy says:

    This reminds me (sort of) what Ruth Curran does at Cranium Crunches, for brain health, by focusing on items up close to re-examine what is really under the surface. I LOVE your use of photos to explain the differences between texture, and of course I love your beach photos. Bravo for a wonderful post!

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    • Hi Cathy – I am not familiar with Ruth Curran’s work but my husband has been studying Z-Health and their visual exercises to modulate the brain’s perception of pain. It’s fascinating work. I’ll pass on the info to him. Thanks.

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    Shoreline is a great place to get textures. Wonderful series.

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  4. I love your almost poetic ruminations on texture. Lovely observations and great photographs.
    carol
    http://www.carolcassara.com

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  5. Stunning images for the challenge, Lola. I love the last one with the heron’s reflection in the water.πŸ™‚

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  6. Stunning pictures, but the two of the herons taking flight are spectacular. Amazing.

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  7. lolaWi says:

    Beautiful gallery of the challenge, Annette! Great captures! I know that I will love it here! Thank you to dear Sylvia for sending you to my link!πŸ™‚

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  8. dogear6 says:

    Your post was great – I loved how you blended the various textures with a really nice commentary to tie it all together. I wouldn’t have thought of doing the water and shore like that! It was a great idea.

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