So very delicate! This leaf had just blown to the tide line and was poised to be gathered with the rising tide. It was a privilege to capture its final beauty, as it was positioned perfectly with the small bit of reed above it. The photograph is fitting closure for the simple leaf after its season of harboring birds and sheltering humans from summer’s heat.
I positively fell in love with the formation of bubbles that remained in these very small shells after the tide receded, but a closer look made the lace-like shadows beneath the bubbles even more compelling.
This bit of ancient shell, eaten by worms and eroded by the ocean, is a perfect foil for the orange pebble beside it. I love the juxtaposition of textures, both set in a bed of crystal-like sand.
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