Sand Patterns, Ogunquit, Maine

photographs and text by Jennifer Steen Booher of Quercus Design

Sand Pattern

The beaches at Ogunquit had an amazing variety of patterns left by wind and wave action. I couldn’t stop taking photos of them:

Sand Patterns

Maybe because my home shoreline is so rocky, sand fascinates me. There’s a marvelous blog called Through the Sandglass whose author, Michael Welland, offers up fascinating tidbits about the physics of sand movement, creatures that dwell in sand (like the sand skink, which swims right through it!), and other sand-oriented info.

Sand Patterns

Sand Patterns

Sand Patterns

Yes, that stretch of beach was really and truly pink. I believe the color comes from nearby formations of pink granite. Doesn’t it look like strawberry frosting? The pink in pink granite (and therefore in this sand) comes from a mineral called  feldspar.