Complete Works of Virginia Woolf:
The grown-up view, indeed, was not much clearer than the view of the little creatures in bathing drawers who were trotting in to the foam all along the coasts of England, and scooping up buckets full of water. They saw white sails or tufts of smoke pass across the horizon, and if you had said that these were waterspouts, or the petals of white sea flowers, they would have agreed.
a column of water that is pulled up from the sea during a storm by a rapidly spinning column of air.
a delicate coloured part of a flower. The head of a flower is usually made up of several petals around a central part.