Water draining from sand dunes begins to cut channels into the flat surface of a beach. This is somewhat of an optical illusion. If you think the light is coming from the right, then the channels will seem to protrude from the surface. If you think from the left, then the channels appear to cut into the surface, as they actually do. Reid State Park, Maine. Click on the image for a larger view.

The Soft Edge of the Land

life_in_maine_beachMid-coast Maine is famous for its rocky coastline. The transition between land and sea is hard and clear. Reid State Parks is one of the few places to find a large sand beach. I find this soft edge to the land is mesmerizing. Unlike the unrelenting granite, the beach ebbs and flows with the seasons like a slowly beating heart as the sand is pushed inland in the winter and then moves back toward the sea in the summer. Click on the image for a larger view.