Sand Patterns on Tillicum Beach, OR

Tillicum Beach is a wide, and long, sandy beach on the Oregon Coast.  Most of the coast is rocky and has its own appeal.  But I love looking at patterns in the sand.  It’s like looking at the clouds and seeing faces.  I am not sure the birds I saw were snowy plover but these are the patterns they left in the sand.
Snowy Plover?
Snowy Plover?

 Oh, here, I’ll just show you the birds that made the tracks:

Snowy Plover
Snowy Plover

They are those cute little birds, usually in a flock, that skitter across the wet sand so fast that you can’t see their legs.  Okay, now back to the patterns.

Sand Worm
Sand Worm

I’ve seen thousands of these curious little squiggles but this is the first time to see what made them!  Looks like some kind of worm.  See it on the far, left, end of the squiggle pattern?

Rock
Rock

As the water runs past rocks or shells, or any obstruction, it makes a pattern around it.  I think the sun’s shadow elongates the head around the eye.  It looks like one of those native head-dress things to me.  What do you see?

'nother rock
'nother rock

Here’s another pattern around a rock.  Look at the detail of the little veins.  God sure draws pretty!

Sand Trees
A Sand Forest

Here’s my favorite!  It looks like a stand of trees to me.  It must be winter, though, because they don’t have any leaves.  But the pattern is complete all the way down to the roots!  Nothing but a little ridge in the sand made these patterns.  The whole drawing is about 12″ tall by 18″ wide.

Humanoid
Humanoid

I left a foot-print.  This person left a bike track.  This should be all we leave when we leave-no-trace.  The sand is like a giant Etch-a-Sketch.  The tide comes in to wipe it all away and, when the tide goes out, it starts all over!  How fun it is to watch Heavenly Father’s doodles!

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3 thoughts on “Sand Patterns on Tillicum Beach, OR”

  1. Beautiful. Inspiring to see the natural things around us.
    Your eyes and camera are artists!
    S-o-o glad you are here for awhile.

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