The beach - shallow depression by Marjolein Katsma

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sand, nature, tide, depression, shallow, metallic, netherlands, zandvoort, look down, abstract, sea, beach, water, texture, sold

Part of a series of textures found along the beach during our hike along the beach from Zandvoort to IJmuiden

Best seen enlarged!

A shallow depression between two ridges in the beach is just low enough that it usually doesn’t get dry between tides; very fine particles get lodged here, and when wet, give the structure a metallic sheen. The fine particles also cement the coarser sand grains and shell shards together so it’s quite firm, a lot firmer than it looks like.

Taken near Zandvoort, Netherlands 2010
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

This image is part of the Beach textures series:
The beach - foam left behind   The beach - upcoming tide   The beach - wavelets   The beach - shallow depression   The beach - hippo skin   The beach - sorted   The beach - sand shadows   The beach - piling up   The beach - piles of shells   The beach - chaotic piles

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  • 2010-04-16 Featured in It’s in the detail…
  • 2010-04-26 Sold (thank you Stav!)
  • 2010-06-22 Sold (thank you Marjorie!)

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  • Dinni H
    Dinni Hover 4 years ago

    wonderful collection!

  • Thank you so much for your nice compliment, Dinni! I’m glad you like it!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Thanks for adding this to your favorites, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Lynne Prestebak
    Lynne Prestebakover 4 years ago

    Love this series, Marjolein!

  • Thank you Lynne! I’m glad to hear that. :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • loderevy
    loderevyover 4 years ago

    Fascinating the beach ~ this one my favorite, the light comes in perfectly. Cheers

  • Yes, I’m always fascinated by the beach and its dynamics!

    Thank you Henk, for the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • MarjorieB
    MarjorieBover 4 years ago

    Wonderful series! Thank you, Marjolein, for taking us to the beach with you. Now it is official—I am homesick for my beach. I can hardly wait for summer vacation.

  • Glad you like it, Marjorie, and sorry to make you homesick! (Though homesickness can be a bitter-sweet feeling…)

    My aim was indeed to “take people with me” to the beach: rather than showing just one or two shots, give an idea of the dazzling variety – some members and visitors may not have a beach in their country, and may never have seen a beach in reality!

    Thanks for your comment, and the fave, too!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Thank you very much for buying this, Marjorie! that is such a wonderful compliment – and I hope it will help repair your homesickness!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Shubd
    Shubdover 4 years ago

    Look at the sand glistening !! That so enhances the patterns . Lovely capture

  • Thank you, Shubd! It does enhance the patterns – you get that almost metallic sheen only at places like this that almost never completely dry out. Then, a little sunshine at the right angle…

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Elizabeth McPhee
    Elizabeth McPheeover 4 years ago

    I like this one best of the series Marjolein – the pattern in the sand, the light shining on the wet sand.

  • Thanks for stopping by Elizabeth! Glad you like this – it’s certainly the shiniest! :)

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • GemmaWiseman
    GemmaWisemanover 4 years ago

    Like light playing with frozen waves! Stunning!

  • Thank you so much, Gemma! I’m very happy to see a second photo of my beach textures series featured!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Lina Forrester
    Lina Forresterover 4 years ago

    great texture shot!

  • Thank you for stopping by Lina! Glad you like it!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • prodromou
    prodromouover 4 years ago

    Benoit Mandelbrot would be very proud of the fractals in this image.

  • All of the beach is a fractals playground. :)

    Thanks for your lovely comment, Stav!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • And thank you once again! :) Made me happy!

    – Marjolein Katsma

  • Marjolein Katsma
    Marjolein Katsmaover 4 years ago


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