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



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.



” 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.



“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.







“Water continually flowing will wear hard rocks hollow.”


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.









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.

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

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  2. What a stunning collection of beaches, and I love the quotes you chose to go with your photos. That beach you have on your doorstep looks incredibly beautiful….lucky you 🙂

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  4. Beaches …. stunning beautiful even if they are rough and not that welcoming for bare feet. I don’t think I have a photo of a beach – when I moved back to Sweden I dumped all my photos and negatives I had, for the reason that I had never looked at them through nearly 20 years .. why keep them, now with my blog I wish I had, but done is done .. so I have to find a beaches to put my camera against. What a fantastic gallery you have here – my pick has to be the golf photo, I’m not a golfer, but I love the colors and the light in that photo. Path to the beach I also have a soft spot for.

    • Thanks Viveka! That is so sad that you don’t have your photos any more :-(. You will just have to take more than your fair share now to make up for it! Tanks for choosing the golf photo; I liked the early morning light on that one also.

      Sent from my iPad

  5. I “walked” through your gallery and truly enjoyed. So much beauty and so masterfully captured… “Rocks And Waves” when I can almost feel the fresh air and hear the waves…and then the “Path To The Beach” – those colours are surreal!

    • Thank you Ese. Path is a sunrise shot, always a challenge for me ;-). Sometimes the best light is shining before you actually arrive at the big expansive scene at the waterfront! Because we are a barrier island we don’t get much wave action.

      Sent from my iPad

  6. Mendocino looks gorgeously rocky and wild .. and the image with red hot pokers in there reminds me that they seem to have gone out of fashion here UK [random info for free Lol]
    Always find Full Moons like that jaw dropping 🙂
    Lovely photographs Tina .

    • Many thanks PT! Mendocino really is beautiful. Th flowers are everywhere and the rocks give the waves lots to play with! Not so good for swimming tho 🙂

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    • Thanks so much – it’s in PEI but I don’t know the name of the beach. It was behind the home we rented and very unpopulated. Honestly don’t think it had a particular name.

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    • Thanks Marie – I worked really hard to get that shot! The wind was gusting, sand was blowing all over me, and it was really dark!! So thanks for appreciating it :0)

  8. I have never seen blue water on your beach! Did you color this picture or am I always there at the wrong time? Tell your hubby that PD is still running around 40cfs. Love, your brother.

  9. Absolutely breathtaking Tina! Path to ‘your’ beach, and sunrise on the beach especially so! You earned yourself a lot of envy with this post 😀

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  12. Do you actually live on Kiawah? You lucky LUCKY person, Tina!
    It’s fabulous.
    Love these photos, and the matching quotes. Tanizaki is a favorite of mine whom I’ve forgotten about. Now I’ll go searching for appropriate photos!

    • Hi T2T – yes indeed, I do live on Kiawah – have you visited us?? Love to travel but always happy to be home too!! Thanks for the lovely compliment – especially about the quotes. Glad to see them appreciated 🙂

      • Long time ago now, was there with the Hub’s company for 4 -5 days in a condo, with a resident alligator. Loved everything about the island. (Except maybe the alligator. OTOH, now where we live, we have black bears.)

      • We love our alligators 🙂 Wouldn’t let a dog run loose around here tho !!! We’ve come a long way these past few years – might be worth a revisit!!

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  14. Tina, what stellar photos! You’re certainly an accomplished photographer and I really loved these. I’ve heard good things about the Carolinas, so I think we’re going to have to try to get there one of these days.


    • Thanks so much Janet! There’s all kinds of variety in the Carolinas. Our beautiful island is just a half hour away from fantastic downtown Charleston-also a wonderful place to visit. Makes a great vacation, especially if you like photography!

  15. These photos are gorgeous, the WAVES AROUND DUBROVNIK and ROCKS AND WAVES are simply breathtaking. I always love the beach because everything seems bigger and there.

    • Thanks Angela – I’m a big beach lover myself. Our beach is great for walking, biking, swimming, playing or just thinking. The others I included are much more stunning with their craggy rocks and major waves but there’s something to be said for peaceful!

  16. These are just incredible…don’t think i had ever seen a double rainbow…brilliant!! The Kiawah shots truly breathtaking….thank you for sharing the beauty of our home as so many of us just look past it day to day…like me!!

    • The double rainbow was something to see for sure! Thanks for your lovely comment April – we certainly do have more than our fair share of beauty around here, don’t we?!

  17. Absolutely gorgeous images, very nicely presented! And I love quotes…, thanks a lot for the new ones! 🙂
    I look forward to seeing a lot more of your fine work in the future. I’m your new follower! 🙂
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Greetings from the Far North

    • Hello there Dina and welcome to Travelsandtrifles. Thanks for the lovely compliment – I look forward to more “conversations”! I am a quote lover as well 🙂

  18. My two favorite are the “path to the beach” and “full moon over the beach”. Kiawah Island must be a beautiful place to live. I changed my profile pic but it’s still Mud.

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