Per the ancient lore, part 17

alternating layers of different color sands on inlet shoreline
This week we’re back in the Beach folder, but what we’re doing here and how we might escape, no one can tell. What can be told is where this was taken, because like damn near the rest of the Ancient Lore pics so far, it was taken at my wading area on the Indian River Lagoon (hey, don’t give me shit – an awful lot of my arthropod photos in the past ten years have been taken in my yards, because I finds my subjects where I finds them, and we don’t need no steenkin’ passports!)

I suppose I could look through the weather reports for that time period in Florida, to see what the weather had been like immediately preceding this – I suspect we’d had at least some fierce wind activity, which drove the normally placid waters up against the shore in waves to erode away the sand there and leave these cliffs, which stand perhaps 20cm high or so. Come to think of it, this might have been the result of conditions like this, which was taken twelve days before about a kilometer south. What I find most interesting is the striations of course, mostly because there’s only two distinct colors despite countless layers being deposited – what are the main compositions, and where do they come from? I’m slightly inclined to consider them seasonal, aspects of bacterial growth between colder and warmer months, but it might also be evidence of local winds driving, for instance, silt from a freshwater inlet either north or south of this point, and not found in a very broad section of the river. [Sigh] Okay, fine. Go ahead and secure the funding, and I’ll drop down there and get samples to analyze, because yes, this is a question that should be answered.

And while I’m at it, I’ll take a few more images at tighter framing, leaving out everything that betrays scale and providing a few more month-end abstracts. But they’re not going to be worth converting to monochrome, which may be obvious – I tweaked the colors in this frame to eradicate the tendency towards blue from the open shade conditions, and observed that each of the color channels was practically identical in their individual histograms, a nice rounded peak almost perfectly centered in the graph. There are not very many images that I take that even come close to such, so, enjoy this geometric marvel today.

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