Geology,  Photography

Celebrating the texture and colour of rocks

The beauty of the rocks around the shore here in Craignish is just astounding.  So much variety of texture and colour, often on the same beach, and sometimes amazing contrasts exist side by side.   I don’t fully understand the geological processes that created them, but I never cease to wonder at the different forms, both in the rock strata and in the pebbles that are washed by the sea.

Our elder daughter Verity is a professional wedding photographer, and she loves taking creative shots in her spare time.  When she came up to see us in April she took some lovely photos of the rocks, which she said looked like little landscapes in their own right.  I thought I’d showcase some of them here.

Visit Verity’s website to see more of her work.   Prints are available for sale – feel free to contact her on if you’d like to know more.

Images copyright © Verity Sansom


  • davidoakesimages

    Textures in the rocks both natural or sculptured by the sea and rivers is fantastic….. but for me it is those textures on the trunks of trees that always draw my eye. Weather of course effects them (just like rocks) but I guess it is the fact that they are living beings that creates such unique differences and variety. 🙂

    • Jo Woolf

      That’s very true, David, and there is such a huge variety of texture in bark and the lichen that grows on it! I’ve been noticing the bark of trees much more since I started writing about them on here, and it’s getting easier to tell them apart.

  • pat

    These are amazing photos! The colors, texture and framing are excellent. The “butterfly” in the second photo got a big grin. I would love to visit your coast and see some of these incredible formations. Do you have any idea if there was volcanic activity in the area? I need a resident geologist, so many questions!

    • Jo Woolf

      I know, Pat, so much variety here! A resident geologist would be very useful at times! Yes, there was volcanic activity here, or at least there is the remnant of an extinct volcano further north and west, at Ardnamurchan, and many of the rocks around here (such as basalt) were created by volcanic activity. I know that much. There are fine examples of folding and layering in coastal rocks, and there are dykes (or sills? – I don’t know which!) like natural stone walls running down from the land and out across the shore. Thanks for your kind comments!

    • Jo Woolf

      Thank you, on Verity’s behalf! 🙂 She really did enjoy photographing the textures. We are amazed by the geology around here – every bay is slightly different, has its own character and collection of rocks, even down to the colours of the pebbles that collect there.

  • Lorna

    I agree with Verity about these rocks looking like entire little landscapes. She has a wonderful eye, these photographs are very arresting, and I can see why you’re enjoying the west coast so much. You could lose yourself in your imagination in that landscape, it takes me back to my childhood. It’s like another world waiting to be explored.

    • Jo Woolf

      Thank you, Lorna, she’ll love to know that! It is such a wonderful environment over here, so rich in all the things we love most. Hard to stay indoors (guess rain and midges have something to do with that!) but on fine days it’s magnificent. Sorry to see you’ve had trouble posting comments. I’ve tried to deal with this with the new WordPress site but it seems no matter how many approved comments you already have, it still wants me to approve every one. I’ll raise the matter with them as it might be a glitch.

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