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Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns / Travel Theme: Beaches

“Sit in reverie and watch the changing pattern of the waves that break upon the idle seashore of the mind.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

RAINBOW - PEI
DOUBLE RAINBOW – PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND, CANADA

This week’s photo challenge is “Patterns”, while Ailsa’s Travel Theme is “Beaches”.  I found the two challenges complimentary and have combined them in today’s post.  The photo above was taken on a beach in Eastern Canada’s Prince Edward Island.  I found patterns there in the ridges left by the tides on the amazing red sand, and of course in the colors of the double rainbow that appeared after a sudden rainstorm.

In beautiful Dubrovnik, patterns appear in the colors of the ocean, in the waves breaking along the rocky shore, and in the lovely orange rooftops of the homes throughout the city.

WAVES AROUND DUBROVNIK
WAVES AROUND DUBROVNIK

” Find beauty not only in the thing itself, but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.”

Junichiro Tanizaki

Along the Costa Brava, there are patterns in the way the fingers of land jut out into the sea, in the rows of flowers that grow beside the cliffs, and in the curves of the mountainous roads that caress them.

COSTA BRAVA BOUQUET
COSTA BRAVA BOUQUET

“Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children’s faces looking up.”

Sara Teasdale

Here in the states, the Pacific coast is known for its remarkable beauty, shown here on the rocky beaches of Mendocino.  Again, patterns are everywhere – in the way the waves crest over the rocks, in the lines of wildflowers the dot the landscape, and in the details of the rocks as they’ve eroded over the years.

MENDOCINO MAJESTY
MENDOCINO MAJESTY
ROCKS AND WAVES
ROCKS AND WAVES
CAUTION, NATURE AT WORK
CAUTION, NATURE AT WORK

“Water continually flowing will wear hard rocks hollow.”

Plutarch

For me though, the beach closest to my heart (and to my door) is our beautiful beach here on Kiawah Island.  Our little island has been recognized many times these past few years.  It was named by National Geographic Traveler as the second most romantic beach in America; by the Travel Channel as a Top 10 beach for Families; by   Bride’s Magazine as one of the best honeymoon destinations, and by Coastal Living as the happiest Seaside Town in America.  Without further ado then, some of my favorite photos of our lovely beach.

BIRDS ON THE BEACH
BIRDS AT THE BEACH
THIS WAY TO THE BEACH
PATH TO THE BEACH
SUNRISE ON THE BEACH
SUNRISE ON THE BEACH
GOLF ON THE BEACH
GOLF AT THE BEACH
FULL MOON OVER KIAWAH
FULL MOON OVER THE BEACH

Thanks for visiting our little piece of heaven here in South Carolina – and happy weekend to all!

To see more Weekly Photo Challenge Patterns, click here.  For more responses to Ailsa’s Beaches Theme, click here.

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134 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Patterns / Travel Theme: Beaches Leave a comment

  1. This is such a wonderful collection of photos for this challenge. I definitely love the rainbow over the ocean and the one with all the birds above the beach….actually they are all lovely! They capture parts of the beach that look perfect for a peaceful getaway!

  2. Śooooooo… I think your photos should become boxed puzzles.. The patterns, the differentiation of colors that are so gradual – would challenge the best puzzle minds.. I am so glad your posts are frequent this week as my Charlotte suite’s view is a little lacking although really shouldn’t complain.,. We have beautiful sunshine!

    • Well the good news is your stay is shorter today than it was yesterday, and your patient is, I’m sure, feeling better every day. Soon you’l be out there hitting the little white ball with the best of ’em once again :0)

  3. Many good pictures here. Love the beach picture, especially Path to the beach that has an amazing color schema. The dubrovnik picture is also a favorite. Taken from a plane?

    • Hi Dan, thanks! No, the Dubrovnik photo was taken from a high point in the ramparts of the old fort looking down into the harbor. its a truly magical place – you just have to wait for the cruise boat people to clear out!!!

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