By woolybill1
Lying just off Winchelsea Beach and exposed only at low tide are the petrified remains of a forest. We struck lucky one grey morning: it is quite astonishing to look at though the tones need boosting a bit to bring out the textures. I confined myself to a few details, which under the prevalent lighting seemed the obvious approach.

Thanks to VivienO for alerting us to this fascinating natural wonder.

And thanks to John (lifesnapper) for honouring yesterday's upload with his U.A.

Tags: Photo journalism Specialist and abstract

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helenlinda Plus
11 360 22 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 8:21AM
What wonderful rich colours and textures Bill - all three well composed as ever SmileSmile

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LynneJoyce Plus
10 20 99 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 8:25AM
Wow! Love these Bill. V3 is my favourite.
fentiger Plus
17 918 24 England
4 Aug 2012 8:34AM
Very attractive abstracts with complementary tones, colours and textures. The orange/brown pebble is an important focal point in 1 and 2.

jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 8:50AM
Ah! V3 made it clear. Wonderful.
sherlob Plus
12 2.9k 129 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 9:10AM
Hi Bill,

I really like the composition in both V1 & V2 - indeed these are my preferred shots. However, I always think that these shots - where texture can play an important part in the composition - maximising the dof to ensure front to back sharpness is preferable. V3 does this (likely as you've pulled back a little to get the wider perspective). I wonder if this contributes to the preferences for this version from those commenting so far?

All the best,

Excellent captures loads of detail great colours, V3 is my fav. but only just.

netta1234 6 382 2 Wales
4 Aug 2012 9:17AM
I love these images especially v1,great colour tones and textureSmileSmile
I keep going back to V1 and seeing the subtle lines of wood with the little pebbles in the tiny holes. Nature working her magic as ever in an ever changing canvas lasting for millions of years.

I've just discovered the work of ViveneO and enjoying what she saw too Bill.

gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
4 Aug 2012 10:34AM
When you think how old these are its amazing, a really well taken set Bill. - gary
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 10:59AM
They're all so good Bill - I can't choose between them!! Nature's abstracts at their best.
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
4 Aug 2012 11:18AM
Wonderful abstract work. If we're picking favourites, mine is suggested above that orange pebble somehow makes this work the best.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
4 Aug 2012 11:29AM
These are amazing. I'd heard of the petrified forest but have never seen pics of it. You've captured these so beautifully, Bill! Wow...

franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 11:54AM
Wonderful colours and textures Bill.

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
4 Aug 2012 11:58AM
A splendid shot is V3 Bill.
A bit of dampness always brings out the fine colours.
Forget all about that ''50 Shades of Grey'' they keep talking about,
50 shades of brown here !!
Excellent shots.
4 Aug 2012 2:43PM
Love the colours V1 does it for me Steve
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
4 Aug 2012 3:27PM
v1 for me, Bill, less cluttered and a strong diagonal.

TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
4 Aug 2012 3:57PM
It's amazing what you can see if you bother to look down instead of in front of you all the time. Lovely patterns and textures here, Bill, a super set Wink
Trev Smile
4 Aug 2012 5:01PM
V1 is a Gem of a picture Bill, you certainly are on a roll here.

John Smile
carper123 Plus
6 1.1k 8 United Kingdom
4 Aug 2012 6:31PM
A great set of variants and they all have their own merits, but i liked v1, the diagonal works well.
Darryl. SmileSmileSmile
KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
4 Aug 2012 8:22PM
A lovely collection, with - bizarrely - the large red stone in V1 reminding me of a kidney, and the big chunk of rock in V3 (bottom/foreground), a slab of liver. Yes, I've been out in the sun all day; no, I haven't been drinking.


Ray42 10 3 England
5 Aug 2012 7:57AM
A good set Bill - I have waited for a long time for the tide to reveal these - missed it again!!!*$%
pascalg Plus
10 37 France
5 Aug 2012 10:41AM
prefer #1 ; intriguing composition
superb details / textures
RobinF 11 83 1 England
5 Aug 2012 5:53PM
Love V3 Bill. I have been there (Winchelsea) and seen this, but didn't get any photos unfortunately.
kind regards,
5 Aug 2012 7:28PM
Three absolute crackers, Bill.

Nice work

VivienO 8 1 United Kingdom
6 Aug 2012 7:05PM
Fine close-up detail of petrified wood Bill, enhanced by all the trapped pebbles and moss. Like them all but V3 is my favourite.
annettep38 Plus
7 218 40 Costa Rica
7 Aug 2012 3:57PM
v2 for me, what a fine composition!
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
7 Aug 2012 5:55PM
Tremendous colours and textures in these seaside abstracts

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