Dendrology is the study of trees. The term has the same root as dendrite which comes from the Greek dendron, meaning tree. Who would have thought that having to wait for a while outside the local electrical shop would yield such a beautiful source of dendritic patterns in the stone cladding of the building – one I have either walked past or have parked outside many times:
Although they look like fossilised imprints of ferns or minute trees, they are actually the result of manganese oxides that have crystallised on the surface and are fairly commonly found on sedimentary rocks.
The day was perfect: clear, bright, warm and almost windless. Kenton-on-Sea looked charming and Kariega Beach inviting.
I spent the morning walking along the flat stretch of firm wet sand that reflected the blueness of the sky so well that it seemed as if the sky, sea and sand were one. The tide was out and the shallow rock pools easy to explore.
These are a sample of the many patterns on the beach: