By itself, this pattern was not so inspiring. But there were some bright red rocks on the beach that made all the difference. This image has been purchased in very large sizes by two popular restaurants, and was a nominee in the Nature category at the 2nd International Color Awards.
I found this one on Torrey Pines beach after I had packed up all my gear, convinced that the bright sun combined with hundreds of people on the beach had eliminated any chance of finding something worthwhile. I was nicely surprised.
Another image that started out with a very typical and uninteresting pattern in the sand. The combination of twigs and seaweed from the immediate area turned this into a fine image.
One of my first Sand Vision images. There was just a bit of water left from high tide, and it reflected the blue sky above.
One of the first ones in the Sand Vision series. I didn't know what I had until I got home. This type of pattern is comparatively rare. It can happen when water from a receding tide pools behind a boulder, long enough to create a "cutout" in the sand. Then the water coming in and out can do its work making the "forest" pattern.
It was one of those perfect days for my sand art. The high tide in the morning was over 6 feet, and the low tide in the afternoon was negative. The sky was gray and it looked like it was going to rain. The beach was abandoned. Nothing much there, but this one leaped out. It almost required a macro lens -- the entire scene wasn't more than 6 inches across. The rock that formed the volcano was the perfect shape, and there was even a wisp of white "smoke" already in the sand.
A bit of seaweed here, a rock there, and suddenly you have a ball game with sea monsters.
It actually is difficult to find a perfectly formed pattern like this. You need just the right combination of rocks, tides, and good luck
Starry Starry Night
Usually I try to avoid the beach when there's bright sun. In this case, the sun shining on the sand created the "stars" as well as just the right shadows on the rocks in the foreground.
Forest in a Bubble
NOT FOR SALE
Patterns like this only occur when there is a negative tide following a very high tide at night. This image perfectly represents the delicate balance between our oceans, the sand on the beach, and the cliffs behind them.
This image was one of two original art pieces awarded to the recipients of the first Encinitas Environmental Awards.
Forest Under a Red Sun
Patterns made by the receding tides.
Reading by Candlelight
Death Valley Dream
Angel of Mercy
This is the first Sand Vision image, the one that started it all. While walking along the beach, Scott looked down absent mindedly and found this waiting for him.
Stork Watching Her Eggs
Blue and Tan
From Pistol River Beach in Oregon. Taken just after sunrise.
When I was a kid I used to camp out in the foothills near Denver. Once we were camped in a valley. The night was very dark except for the moon and the rays of bright light emanating from the city. January 2014
This little piece of seaweed is only about 2 inches high. It took me a while to find a good backdrop for the composition.
The pattern was there, but it took a bit of work to create the "garden."