“Ruin of the Tides”

A branching river-delta-like pattern in sand after the retreat of an ocean tide.

As tides and waves flow back and forth over a beach, they erode the sandy shore. Here photographer Michael Shainblum captures the streaks and rivulets left by a falling tide. These “ruins” resemble an extensive river delta viewed from above. I love the complicated branches carved by the water’s retreat. (Image credit: M. Shainblum)

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