Surf and Sand

August 15, 2010


Photographer: Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos
Summary Author: Konstantinos Christodoulopoulos; Jim Foster

The photo above showing surf and sand in the Corinthian Gulf, near Corinth, Greece was captured on August 4, 2010. If you plan to visit the beach before summer ends (in the Northern Hemisphere), try to examine the swash zone; the part of the beach between high tide and low tide. Though this area is inhabited mostly by organisms too small to easily notice, it's teeming with life. A number of creatures, sand crabs for example, can be seen scurrying about. Like most of the inhabitants here they depend on the swashing of the waves to provide them sustenance. In addition, the swash zone is a feeding ground for numerous shore birds, and sea turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand above high tide.

Photo details: Canon EOS 450D camera; EF 200 mm; f/2.8 L; 1/300 second exposure; ISO 100.