Enjoy these textures of the Washington State coast, free for artists and graphic designers to use in your commercial and personal creative projects (with attribution, see bottom of post).
Washington’s Pacific coastline has sandy beaches, uncommon for those of us based in Seattle. The lapping, rising and falling water of the Pacific Ocean wears the sand into innumerable patterns: stripes, diamonds, ridges, ripples, triangles. Sand is dark, light, or mottled. Grains of different weights settle separately, forming patches of color and tone.
The sand becomes textured, carved by wind and water.
Some sand is fine, some coarse. Sometimes the sand is unmarred, sometimes pebbles disrupt the smooth surface. Sometimes you find pebbly beaches, more like those in the Puget Sound area.
Wind and waves are not the only things to mark the sand. Animals leave footprints or secret signs of their presence. Dripping water indents the surface. Logs and branches form windbreaks that catch the sand, creating interesting patterns, slopes, and shapes.
On the beach, only grasses and other plants tough enough to handle the harsh conditions survive, pressed into orderly lines or ruffled into disarray by the wind.
Tree trunks and smaller pieces of wood, washed ashore, are worn by their journey through the salty water and the harsh sea breezes that blast sand into the logs.
About This Texture Collection
Photos in this texture collection were taken by Tracy Durnell in 2015 and 2016 at Cape Disappointment State Park, along the Columbia River on the southwestern tip of Washington, and Ocean Shores, a small beach town on the northern side of Grays Harbor.
The 18 texture photographs on this page by Tracy Durnell are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Please feel free to use these photos for any creative work as long as you clearly attribute them to Tracy Durnell. If you use one of my images, please let me know in the comments section, I’d love to see your work! (Please do not resell the photos as-is, either individually or in a collection – I am sharing them for free to help other artists and designers create new work inspired by Washington’s amazing outdoors.)
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