Thursday, August 2, 2012

Beach Architecture

i first discovered  it at san onofre beach.  when i got down onto the beach i noticed the teepees.  i thought it was pretty cool and had a good time photographing them from all different angles and even from the inside.

 then in Oregon they started to pop up all over the place.  all kinds of small and large structures made of driftwood.  some quite simple.

 others rather elaborate.  some could actually provide shelter from the elements.

 the beach at bullards state park turned out to be the grand-daddy of beach architecture.  don’t think i’ve ever seen so much driftwood in one place!

i started really loving these little structures and finding them to have such a real and raw beauty.  i even coined an instagram hash tag for #beacharchitecture and started a photo keyword in my adobe bridge.  i have a feeling there will be a new beach architecture mixed media piece materializing soon!

This one in Yachats was a memorial for some boys who drowned

part of the reason i love this is that it’s a direct representation of the human creative spirit.  the ocean tosses up some random pieces of driftwood and we humans gather them and create with them.  how fabulous is that!!

in other news.... i've added an exciting update to my inside out project!
happy august, everyone!!


  1. ohhh...i really love these!! you did an awesome job of photographing/capturing their essence!! i've seen rocks transformed into sculptural forms on the beach but never into architectural cool!!

    1. Thanks, Kathryn! Yes, I've seen some cool rock formations too... always on the lookout now!

  2. I love these, Patty, thanks for sharing!

  3. Aren't they gorgeous - and you have portrayed they so beautifully. Reminds me of Long Beach on the far west coast of Vancouver Island. xoDonna

  4. Donna, how perfectly lovely to see you my friend! Have not yet been to Vancouver.... one of these days.... (now you have me intrigued!)


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