Still on an Omani beach, tiny crabs and the peculiar quality of the sand, given the right tide and hour of the day, inspired in me a different kind of experiment.

I aimed to surround the neat holes marking the crab’s dwelling with tiny sand spheres distributed to create vaguely floral compositions.

As expected, the first day the results were frustratingly unsatisfactory, but I slowly learnt this innovative technique.

Since I had to operate close to the tideline, the main challenge was to be fast enough not to risk having everything obliterated by an incoming wave.

Of course, a second challenge was to show no trace of my intervention and to keep the wet sand surface as pristine as possible.