Dendrite Delight!

10 Aug

We haven’t been allowed to pressure wash our patio stones since May 2022 as we have an official drought and a hosepipe ban here in Cornwall. I know – don’t laugh! We’ve had rain every day in July and August is not being much better weather-wise.  Today we have paid a lovely man to do the job for us (using the water in our pipes!) and it looks wonderful. It has always been one of my favourite jobs, playing with water and then re-discovering the beautiful dendrites under the murk but in fact, it’s very hard work and today it has been done for us.  So, here are all the different designs gifted to us by nature.

“Though they may look like fossil plants, dendrites are incredible and inorganic formations that occur solely due to interactions between physics and geochemistry. These branching patterns are made of manganese oxides and commonly form on the surface of sandstones.”



8 responses to “Dendrite Delight!


    August 11, 2023 at 12:06 pm

    Now I love nature more; thanx for sharing

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 20, 2023 at 10:09 am

      Remarkable shapes, so delicate and lovely. 🙂

  2. artfulcrone

    August 11, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Fascinating and lovely!

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 20, 2023 at 10:09 am

      Such a delight when we first found them, they seems to be creatures. 🙂

  3. Helen

    August 10, 2023 at 8:32 pm

    Beautiful! Those patterns are in the stone? 😍

    • mybeautfulthings

      August 10, 2023 at 9:13 pm

      They are and aren’t they lovely? 🙂

      • Helen

        August 10, 2023 at 10:07 pm

        They really are 😊

        • mybeautfulthings

          August 11, 2023 at 3:26 pm

          I’ve added to the post to explain how they arise in sandstone. 🙂


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