But stones underwater, or with the waves washing over them; what a dazzling variety of colour and texture and pattern!
|"Dead" stones, out of the water. Mostly dull blue-gray.|
|"Live" stones, under a couple of inches of water.|
Some of the patterns are a feature of the stones themselves, the end result of millennia of mixing and melting, crumbling and compressing. The water itself, even standing still, makes its own ephemeral designs; circles where a stone distorts the surface, stripes and swirls as wavelets sweep by, shadows from floating bubbles and weeds. All of these show up in the photo above.
|Boring blue-grey? No! (It's worth clicking on this to see it full size to appreciate the detail on the two stones on the left.)|
|Water rippling over a mottled peach and grey stone.|
|More variety. Every colour of the rainbow, including violet.|