Friday, June 27, 2008

Summer, Sand & Shells

The skies were overcast and a salty, south wind kicked up early yesterday. It was low tide in the morning, and there were more birds on the beach than people. Mostly the sand is fine in texture, shades of gray and black, but there are always odd patches of sand that are more coarse, lighter in color, made of ground up shells. Not many shells make it to the beach intact, as they get pounded against the reefs and carried up and down in the ocean currents before the tides pull them in. The picture shows one such shell, only partially intact, washed up amidst the fool's gold, with a visible trail where the waves pushed it ashore.

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