Ice edges

ice patterns from water seeping over sandstone

Water seeping over sandstone produces some interesting effects when it freezes.

ice patterns from water seeping over sandstone 2

sandstone patterned by the ocean

Dark rock

dark rock

We have a lump of sandstone in our garden—one of the pieces planted by a previous owner—that has a depression in it like a little cup. One day I found a stone that fitted. And that’s where it has stayed.

This somewhat underexposed image, taken on a dark and rainy day, picks up just enough of both, I think.

Sandstone curves – November 2nd

curving sandstone in evening light

Another photo of sandstone at the beach, caught in evening light. (Okay, the picture wasn’t taken today. But I’ve realized that I’m running out of post names for all these sandstone pictures. so consider this title a mark of desperation.)

Trickles on sandstone

water trickles over sandstone formations

The water trickles are from a happy, very wet golden retriever who was wondering why the ball wasn’t being thrown at that particular moment, as it should have been.

Abstract #7

abstract patterns of rock, sun and shadow

And a bonus post, because I know I’m going to be out from early till very late tomorrow and won’t get a chance to post anything.

Sandstone formations

sandstone formation closeup

A couple of weeks ago when we had those really low tides I was able to get to a cliff that’s normally not very accessible, and took some photos of the sandstone formations. I was quite taken with the abstract shapes layering against each other.

sandstone formation

Here’s the same formation, but shown from further away and a different angle.

sandstone emerging from broken shell beach

And another one, although from a different part of the island.



UPDATE: I was having technical difficulties when I posted this yesterday from my iPad, and found that I after I put the image in place I wasn’t able to add text. So this is a late addition: Do you see the fish face? It even has teeth!

Rock and reflection

rock and reflections

This is to soothe us after that rather unsettling previous post.

I’m actually more taken by the abstract shapes of the lighter areas than the rock itself.

Sky rock barnacles

white sky, pink and ochre rock, then barnacles at the bottom

Canadian World Oceans Day is June 8th, but Gabriola celebrated it yesterday. I thought it made sense to post a photo relating to oceans yesterday in honour of the event and I think I’ll just keep putting up ocean-related images through the 8th. (Why not make it Oceans Week? Oceans Year? Heck, make it Oceans Lifetime. Someone’s got to do it, since the government clearly won’t.)

In any case, today was grey and showery but also had a very, very low tide (0.0), so I headed down to the shore to see what I could see. At a very low tide you can walk way out on reefs and mud/sand flats at Descanso Bay.

In the middle of the uncovered bay, resting on the lower sandstone reef, is an enormous boulder. The bottom is covered in barnacles, and, on the north and east sides, mussels. The top has layers of lichens. The middle is apparently no-man’s land. A nice combination of colours and textures.

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