Examining Leading Lines in Scenes from the Intertidal

I’m going to argue there are leading lines here. The one I didn’t expect runs between the eyes of the purple shore crab, Hemigrapsus nudus. It plays well against the rock’s curved outline. To my eye, the image has a pleasing flow from lower right to upper left.

The lines created by surfgrass sweep across the scene and beyond, all the way to the tidepools. Clean Phyllospadix blades stand out among those covered by Melobesia, an encrusting coralline.

A black and white reminder that remnants of forest and subtidal ecosystems meet in, and enrich, the intertidal. Beyond the tangle of bull kelp, Nereocystis, the lines of the dead and drifted conifer lead to another, less literal, meeting. Clouds, the skyline, surf, and the terminus of the headland, with its offshore islets, all converge at the root crown.

Leading Lines

Note: Anyone interested in the intriguing encrusting red in the middle photo can get the scoop in Melobesia, a Coralline Crust on Seagrasses


    1. Thank you for the opportunity to explore leading lines wherever they’re found. It’s a great challenge idea; really got me thinking about how I frame and whether or not I use lines. You’re right, the shore is a great place for practicing the art.

      1. Thank you for your compliment. It means a lot to me. Most of the time, I rely on my luck to get an image I like. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Lisa. Speaking of favorites, at first I thought your first shot, airboat ride, was my favorite. Then I looked again and almost went with you last shot. In the end, I really love your second, the shot from the viewpoint. It’s really evocative.

      1. Thank you! These photo challenges are fun because I get to go back through some of my old photos! We enjoyed the Everglades more than we expected. And we learned a lot!

  1. Yeah. You led my eye straight into the center of the action. Great examples. Best of all is the gleaming eye of the crab. Though driftwood is a great candidate for taking you there.

    1. I’m happy to hear that. I was a bit worried about that that one, but the words I chose, “The lines…sweep across the scene…all the way to the tidepools.” meant a lot to me. Thanks!

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