Textures (II)

The Texture theme continues to intrigue me. I found a lot of photographs from last year’s beach trip that documented the imprints left on sand by wind, vehicles, animals and humans.

This sandy expanse is located in Jockey’s Ridge Park, in the Outer Banks, North Carolina.

I followed these vehicle tracks simply because it was a bit easier to walk on than in the loose sand.

vehicle tracks

vehicle tracks

Some of the dunes appeared smooth and only slightly rippled by the wind.

dune and blue sky

dune and blue sky

Others sported striking patterns, like this one that made me think of the sand worms in the “Dune” movies:

dune patterns

dune patterns

Could this be the immense expanse of the Sahara Desert as seen from a plane?

ripples in the sand

ripples in the sand

I was drawn to this particular dune, first because of the wavy texture on the flat part on top, then the bird prints on its side:

dune in evening light

dune in evening light

And this must have been quite a party, lots of greeting and mingling going on here:

bird tracks

bird tracks

I wondered what happened here – social gathering, food source, a combination of those two?

close-up of bird tracks

close-up of bird tracks

And WHAT came through here before me, a deer perhaps?

mysterious tracks

mysterious tracks

These prints seemed as interesting to me as hieroglyphic writings. I am sure someone experienced in tracking could tell who was here, how long ago, and what they did. Perhaps this is how animals “write” with their feet, in the process recording their presence and activities in the medium of sand. Unlike the more deliberate writings on papyrus that survived thousands of years, these animal “writings” only endure until the next strong breeze of wind wipes the (sand) slate clean again. The animals and the wind together will write more textured sand essays tomorrow…

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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13 Responses to Textures (II)

  1. Pam O'Day says:

    Especially liked these pictures!

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  2. I spent about two years living in Atlantic Beach NC near these dunes and your photos brought back lots of memories. Thanks.

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  3. Love your images Annette. It’s like calligraphy of animals!!!!

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  4. dogear6 says:

    The party prints were pretty fascinating. Lots of birds there at some point! I loved all the dune pictures too.

    Nancy

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  5. Love the color, texture, and detail you captured; really beautiful photos.

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  6. As always, a magical blend of language and sight, Annette. Thank you!

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  7. Mabel Kwong says:

    “Animal writings” and essays in the sand. That’s very interesting. Maybe those prints were meant for other animals of their kinds to follow them. The second shot of the smooth sand dune-hill made me think of that as a big gigantic biscuit. Great shots for this week’s challenge🙂

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  8. It’s difficult to choose one as they’re all terrific. Very nice ….

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  9. A great collection of sand images, Annette. Love the one with the bird tracks.🙂

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  10. Great images. Your essay made me think of those tracks as glimpses back in time.

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  11. Veracious Poet says:

    Awesome photos. These textures remind me of the movie “The Gods Must Be Crazy” by Jamie Uys. More animals are always getting social whilst humans are increasingly becoming solitary.

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    • Hi Poet – thank you for stopping by. I do think there is something going on with humans becoming more isolated, despite their seeming “connectedness” thru social media. There’s a book “Alone Together” that describes that phenomenon very well.

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