Sunday, 4 February 2007

Chillingly Muddy

Chillingly Muddy

This photo was taken at the Rhyll in Phillip Island. It has a very spectacular looking beach and we were lucky that the sky and clouds were very nice. I snapped this shot of the two girls while I was walking across the beach. They seemed to enjoy playing and walking in the mud, maybe since they feet are already dirty. Post processing was done to bring out the sky contrast and colour adjustment. "Chillingly Muddy" was given as the title as I felt it had described the nice feeling of the cool and soft mud and on the other hand, the shock look when their parents saw that.

Mud is a liquid or semi-liquid mixture of water and some combination of soil, silt, and clay. Ancient mud deposits harden over geological time to siltstone or solid, mudrock lutites. When geological deposits of mud are formed in estuaries the resultant layers are termed bay muds. Mud is similar to muck, except in that mud lacks significant quantities of humus, and often contains higher proportions of sand.

Mud can provide a home for numerous types of animals, including varieties of worms, frogs, snails, clams, and crayfish. Other animals, such as pigs and elephants, bathe in mud in order to cool off and protect themselves from the sun.

Mud, in the construction industry, refers to wet plaster, stucco, cement or other similar substance. Mud is closely related to slurry and sediment.

In the preparation of materials for making ceramics, the making of liquid mud (called slip) is a stage in the process of refinement of the materials, since larger particles will settle out of the liquid.

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