The shell in the middle is a New England dog whelk, a common predatory mollusk in our local waters. They are often the cause of the small holes that we see bored through shells along the tide line. Can’t you just imagine the chatter from the coquina shells and mussel as they surround this specimen?
“The sea is so big, and my ship is so small.”
Those of you who have been here before know that I do not arrange any objects in these photographs. The still lifes are created by the wash of the tide, the wind, and also the light, as is the case in this photograph. Morning light here on the eastern US coast often creates wonderful and surprising shadows like this one.