I’ve been busy working on a project related to the sand dunes at Wickaninnish Beach and haven’t had as much time to devote to my blog as I’d like. However, in the process of sorting through vast numbers of dune related images I stumbled upon a series I took at Comber’s Beach late this summer while out birding with Sandy McRuer. It was a glorious day and while we didn’t see much in the way of birds, the sand patterns at the mouth of Sandhill Creek were fascinating.
In a way, these graceful curves and ripples are connected with the dune ecosystem that is much more extensive further south along Wickaninnish Beach. With the “armoured” wall of beach grass (Ammophila sp.) preventing sand movement into the dunes, sand is moved along the beach creating these beautiful patterns.