Category Archives: Celebrate

The Silent Evolution: A Coral Reef Sculpture

The new installation currently in progress by Jason deCaires Taylor, is installed in The national marine park of Cancun/ Isla Mujeres, Mexico. 400 life size Statues casted from local members of the community to form an artificial reef.


Artist Jason deCaires Taylor recently completed work on one of the most surreal and awe-inspiring artificial reefs I’ve seen…

Read Full Article, The Los Angeles Times

Help Protect The Coral reefs, 10 Easy Steps

Saving The Coral reefs, The Ultimate Map

Grenada, Museo Subacuatico Del Arte, off the coast of Cancún. Photo courtesy of: ©Jason deCaires Taylor

Atacama Desert, Chile; By Allison Davies

Allison Davies Atacama

The driest desert in the world meets the ocean.

By © Allison Davies

This photograph was taken in April 2006 while exploring the Atacama desert, the driest desert in the world.

This coastal area is just south of Iquique, a beautiful city in the Tarapaca Region. The Atacama has a very complicated and rich history. Chile annexed parts after the War of the Pacific from Peru and Bolivia. In areas along and around the Pan-American Highway are abandoned nitrate mining towns as well as active copper mines.

The skies in this desert are the clearest and darkest in the world as well. Look up at night and you are truly a spec inside the Milky Way.

I alway use the Fuji 6×9 camera with a fixed 65mm lens.

Sculpture By The Sea, 14th Annual Bondi Exhibition

Sculpture by the Sea Bondi-2010
Photo source: ©©Roger Meyer


Sculptures by more than 100 artists from around the world will officially go on display on Thursday October 28th, in Sydney’s annual seaside sculpture park at Bondi.

The 14th Sculpture By The Sea exhibition at Marks Park, will feature works selected by a panel of industry professionals from more than 500 entries.

Sculpture By The Sea regularly draws around 400,000 people over 18 days…

Original Article, the Sydney Morning Herald

The Wrecking Season

The Wrecking Season, a film by Nick and Jane Darke

The Wrecking Season
Image Source: BBC

Excerpt, from the BBC

The North coast of Cornwall in the UK is one the best collection points in the world for long haul drift. When a SW gale blows for three days, artefacts and natural objects from Labrador down to the Amazon wash up on these shores.

This film follows playwright, beachcomber and lobsterman Nick Darke, onto the beach during one stormy winter and records all his discoveries, tracing everything he finds along the coastline back to its source, via the telephone and the internet.

After seeing this film, stepping onto a beach may never be the same again.

Until his untimely death, Nick lived on Cornwall’s rugged and beautiful north coast. He came from a long line of seafarers and he still practised the right of ‘wrecking’, an ancient pastime that intriguingly put him in touch, through phone calls and the internet, with fishermen and oceanographers round the world.

This haunting film, photographed by Nick’s artist wife Jane, which uses atmospheric and evocative archive shot by his father, captures a unique portrait of his daily work as he combed the wild seashore for the wonderful hardwoods, exotic sea beans, and fascinating artefacts. But also, poignantly displays the vast amount of plastic pollution, fishing paraphernalia, marine plastic debris of all kind, ceaselessly deposited on Cornwall’s beaches by the ocean’s long haul drift.

He and his wife, the painter and film-maker Jane Darke, built up a unique picture of coastal communities around the Atlantic, and the flotsam and jetsam that travels between them, making friends with fishermen, scientists, oceanographers and fellow beachcombers.

It’s an uplifting tribute to a remarkable man whose house, garden and whole existence are full of the wonderful things he found and whose data and observations feed into important global ocean research and investigations.


The Wrecking Season

BBC article

Sand Color Palette

The lone tree, pink sand, on Eleuthera Island, Bahamas. Photo source: ©© MWeber

Excerpts; from Barbara Weibel, and from Lena Katz.

“We get to see rainbows all the time when it rains, but we’re always looking up at them. How many times do you get to look down and see one?”

Most beach sand color range from pale cream to golden to caramel, but in select places around the world, sands can be red, brown, pink, orange, gold, purple, green, and black.

Just how does this happen? Beaches can form anywhere the ocean meets the shore. Over millennia, waves scour the coastline, creating flat areas. These new expanses begins to accumulate sediments washing down from surrounding uplands, as well as those eroded from the ocean floor and tossed up onto shore by wave action. Coastal winds and storms push sediments up beyond the reach of the waves and a beach is born. The color of the sand on any particular beach usually reflects the surrounding landscape and the makeup of the adjoining ocean floor. Long-ago volcanic activity, crushed-up coral or nearby gemstone troves can cause sand to assume different shades.


The startling white sands of Hyam’s Beach, Jervis Bay, Australia. Photo source: ©© Agent Smith

Hyams Beach is a village located in New South Wales, Australia and surrounded by three brilliantly white sand beaches, Chinaman’s Beach to the north, Hyams Beach and Seaman’s Beach to the south. Seaman’s Beach is the largest of the three beaches, stretching for approximately 2 kilometres (1.6 miles). Hyams Beach is present in the Guinness Book of Records as having the beaches with the whitest sand in the world. It is comprised of fine particles of quartz.


Green sand beaches are very rare.

Papakōlea Beach, Hawaii. Photo source: ©© Ryan
Papakōlea Beach (also known as Green Sand Beach or Mahana Beach) is located near South Point, in the Kaʻū district of the island of Hawaiʻi. One of only four green sand beaches in the World, the others being Talofofo Beach, Guam, Punta Cormorant on Floreana Island in the Galapagos Islands, and Hornindalsvatnet, Norway. It gets its distinctive coloring from the mineral olivine. Captions: ©© Wikipedia

Two popular ones lie within the US: one on Papakolea Beach, Pu’u Mahana, in Mahana Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, one in the territory of Guam, and the Galapagos Islands Punta Cormorant.

Green sand is composed primarily of olivine crystals which erode out of basalt (lava) flows. The crystals are heavier than most sand types on the beach and remain behind when lighter sand grains are washed away by strong wave activity. Olivine is a silicate mineral that contains iron and magnesium.


Pink beaches are also quite rare. They occur only in areas near a very large coral reef formations that contain a tiny organism that has a red skeleton, invertebrates such as corals, clams, forams and other shells.

Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

When they die, these skeletons fall to the ocean floor and are gradually eroded to small particles that are carried to shore by the current, where they mix in with the sand. The finest example of a pink beach sand may be seen at Harbor Island, Eleuthera in the Bahamas, although pink beaches are also found in Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Barbados, the Philipines, and in Scotland.


Kappad beach, Kerala coast, India. Photo source: ©© Glory Oman Images

Ramla il-Hamra beach on the Maltese island of Gozo has orange colored sand, as does Porto Ferro, a mile-plus long orange sand beach backed by large dunes on the island of Sardinia off the coast of mainland Italy. Both of these islands are volcanic in nature, jutting up from the floor of the Mediterranean off the southern tip of Italy. Their orange colored sands derive from volcanic deposits as well as unusual orange limestone found in the area.


There are very few red beaches in the world. They can be found in Hawaii, Rabida Island Galapagos or Santorini, Greece. The sand is composed mostly of iron.

Thanks to its unique geology, Hawaii has more colored sand beaches than anywhere else in the world. Located on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Kaihalulu Beach is tucked into a tiny pocket cove near Hana Bay, on the eastern half of the island. One of a very few red beaches in the world, the sand gets its red-black color from the iron-rich crumbling cinder cone hill surrounding the bay.

Maui. Photo source: ©© Hebert Farnsworth


When the manganese garnet in the hills surrounding Pfeiffer Beach in California’s Big Sur gets washed down to the ocean it turn the sand a vivid purple color. The further north you go, the more purplish the sand becomes.

Purple sand, Monterey Bay at the mouth of the Big Sur River, California. Photo courtesy of: © Gary Griggs

Depending upon the day, the sands can sparkle in shades of violet, lavender, ruby red, pink, or royal purple. On the opposite side of the continent, mountains northwest of Long Island contain the mineral piedmontite, which also turns coastal sands purple.


Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, California. ©© Michael Fraley

Rockaway Beach in Pacifica, California, exhibits a most luscious shade of chocolate brown.

This unusual color occurs when eroded bluish-grey limestone mixes with volcanic greenstone from the hillsides that ring the beach.


And then there’s Rainbow Beach on Fraser Island in Australia. Seemingly unable to make up its mind, Rainbow Beach displays more than 70 different colors whenever waves and winds shift and blow its sands around.

Most of the colors can be clearly seen in the cliffs behind the beach, which formed during the last ice age and are so richly banded that they have been compared to layers of rainbow sherbet. But for a real treat, dig down into the beach sand to see layer upon layer of colored, banded sands that create a new work of art with each sweep of the hand.


Since this roundup of rainbow beaches began with white (technically, the blending of all colors), it seems appropriate to end with black, which is the absence of color. While that may be true in scientific terms, there is no absence of color at the world’s black sand beaches – they are simply a stunning result of volcanic activity near a coastline.

Black sand can be seen as a layer on top of silica sand in regions with high wave energy, on the flanks of volcanoes, and in areas where most of the source rock is mafic, or dark-colored and poor in silica. It can be composed of a number of different dark minerals – most are iron-rich and heavier than silica sand. This weight enables it to remain when high-energy waves wash the lighter sand grains out into the surf zone.

La Reunion-Black-sand
La Réunion Island, black sand. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care

The black sands are also a source of gemstones such as garnets, rubies, sapphires, topaz, and, of course, diamonds, which form within volcanoes and are spewed out during eruptions. Black sand beaches can be found to name a few, in Argentina, the South Pacific Islands, Tahiti, the Philipines, California, Greece, Antilles, Mascareignes islands, the Dominican Republic, Hawaii.

Read Original Article

Dream in color on the world’s rainbow beaches, Msnbc

Beach Color, Coastal Care

The First Animated Beach Drawing Film

WATCH: Youtube video, Uploaded 03-14-2010.
Jamie Wardley, Finn Varney and 15 Yorkshire artists have collaborated to make the first animated beach sand drawing at Filey, North Yorkshire. It is entitled an idea is like a seed, if you feed it then it may grow. It took four hours to make and lived only for the time of the tides.

Excerpt, By Jamie Wardley

“An idea is like a seed” I babbled the night before in front of the team whilst in the pub who had offered to let five of us stay there for the night for free, “If you feed it then it may grow beyond all your imagination.” I had a pint of Black Sheep to aid me in my oratory. “And this is what I mean, this was once just a simple idea and now we are all sat here ready to make a giant sand drawing tomorrow.”

Read Full Article, The Making of The First Animated Beach Drawing Film

Sand In Your Eye: Sand Sculptures and Sand Drawings Gallery
Read, and view, more about Jamie Wardley and the Sand In Your Eye Team.

Sandinyoureye, Sand and Ice Sculptures

Me and you three; 2 Years, 4 Artists, 8 Beaches: Part Two

Annik Cullinane, Judes Crow, Mary Flynn, Gerry Price.
An exhibition by four island of Wight artists, at Michael West Gallery. Students showed their responses in the form of their own artwork.

For two years, four artists have been making site visits together to coastal locations and visits to eight island beaches, around the Isle of Wight, UK. The result is an eclectic exhibition made cohesive by linking the marine environment to humanity. The work communicates experiences of loss and bereavement, conflict between the undeniable beauty of the coast and evidence of decay, thoughts about permanence and transience, and the rythm and inevitability of change.

Artists Annik Cullinane, Judes Crow, Mary Flynn and Gerry Price created opportunities for young people to engage with the ideas and process that inform the exhibition Me and You three; 2 years, 4 artists, 8 beaches in the Michael West Gallery.

Groups of young people from three local Isle of Wight’s schools visited the exhibition.

These students showed their responses in the form of their own artwork. This took place in the Learning Curve Gallery at Quay Arts Centre 12th June – 24th July 2010.

Over the summer a changing collection of work has unfolded creating a developping exhibition by students from Clatterford Tuition Center, Cowes High School and St George’s Community School.

Clatterford students are 12 to 15 years old, who find attending school difficult for various reasons. They are taught in a centre which aims to get them back into mainstream schools.

St George’s Special School students have varying learning and physical differences and were age 12 to 13.

Cowes High School students’ age 17, are studying for an exam in art.

Six Grains of Sand, Maui; By Dr. Gary Greenberg

grains of sand

The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”

By © Dr. Gary Greenberg

A Grain of Sand – Nature’s Secret Wonder.
The Amazing Microphotography of Dr. Gary Greenberg.

Every grain of sand is a jewel waiting to be discovered. That’s what Dr. Gary Greenberg found when he first turned his microscope on beach sand. Author and photographer Dr. Gary Greenberg is a visual artist who creatively combines art with science.

Originally a photographer and filmmaker, at the age of 33 he moved from Los Angeles to London to earn a Ph.D. in biomedical research from University College London. Dr. Greenberg is currently the director of the Microscopy & Microanalysis Laboratory at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy in Maui, HI.

Since 2001, Dr. Greenberg focuses his microscopes on common objects, such as grains of sand, flowers, and food. These everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds of times, revealing hidden and unexpected aspects of nature. Dr. Greenberg’s images of sand make us realize that as we walk along a beach we are strolling upon thousands of years of biological and geological history.

You will never look at a beach the same way again.

This picture represents Six Grains of Sands, from Maui.
Blue, Orange & Pink Sand Grains

The tip of a spiral shell has broken off and become a grain of sand. After being repeatedly tumbled by action of the surf this spiral sand grain has become opalescent in character. It is surrounded by bits of coral, shell, and volcanic material.

“The miracles of nature are tangible, and they can be seen directly through the microscope. The magnificence of nature lies in its consciousness. When we commune with nature, we become conscious of our connection with the universe.”