This photo and the ones below are from a series I did at Duncanby, in Rivers Inlet, in the summer of 2011.
It had been raining for days, making everything grey and sodden, and to add insult to injury, the weather forecast that evening said a storm was on its way. But the clouds parted for a brief while, and so we hurried up the dock to stretch our legs before the dark and wet closed in on us. As we reached the shore, the low-angle light revealed what the falling tide had left behind: a network of miniature rivers, channels and valleys, highlighted by varying colour sediments and shells dotting the sand—bringing the tiny beach alive with a beauty that took my breath away.
We shared the little stretch of shoreline that evening with a woman and her miniature dog. They were there to relieve not only the pooch’s bladder, but the owner’s boredom at being cooped up aboard her boat for so many wet days. She was eager for distraction and struck up a conversation with my husband.
In the meantime I was trying to capture the intricacies of the designs in the sand – no two alike and all of them fascinating – and found myself in a race against the unleashed dog. Eager to explore every inch of beach, the mutt was leaving a trail of footprints in the wet sand that threatened to derail my project. So I had to stay focused and work fast to keep ahead of him!
At some point I overheard the woman ask my husband, “What in the world is your wife doing?” She seemed surprised that anyone could be so absorbed in pointing a camera repeatedly at that little sweep of sand. Clearly, although we were in the same place, we each saw a very different beach that evening.
More from my Duncanby series – click for larger view:
|After the Ebb||After the Ebb #2||Dogging the Ebb|
|Ebb and Flow||Ebb and Flow #2||Ebb Scatter|