The days are so short in December … How about a bowl of warm sunshine to start the day?
I love how the very early sunshine makes this ancient shell look like carved marble. What luck to stumble upon this right at this moment! The mussel serves to draw the eye to the center light.
Oysters shells are fairly uncommon on our local beach – we have no estuaries where they breed When they do show up locally, oyster shells are usually large and very old, such as this one. They have travelled a long … Continue reading
I am not sure how this survived the ferocity of the surf to make it to the tide line. I love how the fairly young mussel has found itself attached to something that is almost unidentifiable as once living. Barnacles? … Continue reading
Black and white. Smooth and crumbly. Ancient and fresh. This may be one of my favorite still lifes. The smooth, volcanic rocks on this particular beach are remarkable for their deep, rich black color and smooth texture. Many of them … Continue reading
The monochrome of this cluster of items is quite pleasing, I think. Soothing… Quite the opposite of the forces that degraded these shell bits.
What has this ancient oyster seen? How far has it traveled? Where has it been carried after its moments on my tide line?
In one sense, all shells found on a tideline are old; they are the remaining evidence of a mollusk that is no longer there. However, this particular slipper shell seems ancient. While the creature was, no doubt, beautiful in life, … Continue reading