Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week is Texture. One of the things that I love about nature photography and close-up photography of any subject is the surprising details one can see. Sometimes, a part, close-up, is bigger than the whole!
Often times, grains of sand are nuisances on your skin, the bottom of your shoe, the floor of your car. But viewed up close, they are amazing shapes, as is this translucent fish that was washed ashore briefly by the tide, swimming back out again on the next wave. Against the jagged edges of the sand grains, he looks even more jelly-like.
Tree trunks are always amazing sources of texture. The knot in this portion of the trunk of a fallen tree on the beach caught my attention, but the salt-weathered wood surrounding the knot has a freshly sawn look and is equally interesting.
This is another close-up of the same tree trunk. The trunk was bumpy and pitted, and a bit fuzzy where the algae had started to grow. In places, the curves of the bumps had captured small grains of sand. Underneath the bumps is smoother wood.
There were few limbs remaining on the tree trunk and even parts of the trunk had been worn away or apart from the tree, forming miniature swirls and cavern-like pits.
While various parts of the trunk held interesting textures and colors, the entire tree, set off against the horizon adds texture to a photograph of the shoreline, making the stark white sand look softer and seemingly holding the incoming clouds closer to the water.